SJU’s Writing Studies Graduate Program

Have you ever thought about a Master’s Degree in Writing Studies?

The graduate writing studies program combines a traditional literature-based master’s degree with a creative writing program by offering a wide variety of courses and providing students with a highly flexible, unique academic experience. At Saint Joseph’s University, writing studies students engage in diverse styles of writing, including short story, poetry, press releases, reflections on teaching writing, plays, adolescent literature, autobiography, biography, personal essays, and grant proposals.

In addition to taking classes in areas of writing and culture, rhetoric and composition, and professional writing, students have the opportunity to gain significant professional work experience through credit-bearing internships. Class sizes are small (fourteen students or less) and include dynamic workshops, allowing students to hone their writing skills. All faculty are practicing writers in the genre they teach, giving students a sampling of professional experience. Additionally, writing studies students publish a student-authored literary magazine, The Avenue, featuring fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Upon completion of the M.A. program, students have found success in careers as editors, publishers and teachers. Saint Joseph’s writing studies students have been widely published in national news outlets such as USA Today, Huffington Post, Italian VOGUE, Ebony Magazine and many more. As graduates of the Writing Studies program, students’ words can impact communication and truly change the world.

To learn more about the program, visit their website. You can also contact the Director, Tenaya Darlington (, for information. Spring 2017 course offerings are below. (Undergraduate students require director and instructor approval to register).

Rhetoric, Then and Now (ENG 560) Dr. Grace Wetzel

Poetry Today (ENG 600) Dr. April Lindner

The Writing Teacher Writing (ENG 635) Dr. Melissa Goldthwaite

Creative Nonfiction Workshop (ENG 668) Professor Eleanor Stanford

Check out what alumni of the program are doing now!