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Master of Arts in English - Creative Writing

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The English master’s degree in creative writing is a flexible, innovative, two-year program that encourages cross-genre study through graduate workshops in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, and graduate literature seminars.

In addition to coursework, our students have the opportunity to present their work at Penscape (our graduate student reading series) and Practical Criticism Midwest, earn summer scholarships for the Midwest Writers Workshop, and learn from our visiting writers, including those participating in Ball State’s In Print Festival of First Books.

Whether your long-term plans involve the pursuit of a MFA or a PhD, or a career in professional writing or editing, Ball State’s Master of Arts in Creative Writing is designed to prepare you for the next step in your writing life.

As a student in our program, you will:

  • Study with well-published faculty with diverse areas of creative writing expertise including flash fiction, novel-writing, linked stories, screenwriting, memoir, poetry, and mixed media.
  • Explore writing in multiple genres and discover whether you’re a poet, fiction writer, memoirist, screenwriter, essayist, or cross-genre writer.
  • Have the opportunity to apply for competitive teaching assistantships and participate in Ball State’s award-winning teacher-training program.
  • Engage in a two-year course of study culminating in the completion of a creative project, which will prepare you for the next step of your career.


Jill Christman, creative nonfiction, creative writing pedagogy
Rani Crowe, screenwriting, film studies, creative writing
Cathy Day, fiction, creative nonfiction
Katy Didden poetry, creative writing and the environment
Sean Lovelace, fiction, creative writing in the community
Matt Mullins, screenwriting, fiction, mixed media
Mark Neely, poetry, literary editing and publishing
Silas Hansen  creative nonfiction and digital media



Learn more about how to apply to the MA in Creative Writing at Ball State.

The Program

Below are the course numbers and titles of the core requirements in our 33-hour program. We also encourage prospective students to take a look at recent course descriptions of these classes, and to familiarize themselves with the Graduate Catalog 2012-14. The Graduate Catalog 2014-2015 will be available soon.  The program below is for those beginning the MA in Creative Writing during the fall 2014 semester.


ENG 610 Reading & Writing Across Genres  3-6  
ENG 605 Teaching in English Studies
          or 614 Practicum in Literary Editing


Complete 12 hours (4 courses) from this menu of writing workshops. These can be repeated for credit or students can take different workshops in a variety of genres:

ENG 611 Workshop Creative Nonfiction
ENG 612 Workshop in Fiction Writing  3
ENG 613 Workshop in Poetry Writing  3
ENG 615 Workshop in Screenwriting  3


Complete two graduate courses in literature


Complete one or two approved electives 



CRPR 698 Creative Project (3-6)  3        
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