Writing Studies offers evening courses in a flexible M.A. program to help students grow creatively and professionally as writers.

If you’re looking for a broad range of courses in a nurturing community environment, you’ve come to the right place. While most programs require students to specialize in a genre, we believe in training writers in a broad range of skills and showing them how to use them in a variety of careers.

Our graduates are successful at finding jobs as staff writers at magazines, editors at literary and trade publications, social media experts in the PR world, columnists and content developers for websites, adjunct professors at area colleges, and grant writers at universities and nonprofit agencies. Recently, two of our graduates published new books — including a cookbook and a collection of poetry.

Whether you’re looking to write a book, grow your career as a technical or professional writer, study literature, build a portfolio for a PhD or MFA application, or add a layer of professional development to your current training, we’re here to help you design a curriculum that will work for you. For more info, email director Tenaya Darlington (tdarling@sju.edu).

Nuts & Bolts

  • Our courses meet one evening per week, from 6:30-9:10 p.m. in Merion Hall on the campus of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.
  • You may enroll in as many or as few courses as you would like. Full-time students take 2 to 3 classes.
  • Our faculty is made up of working writers, who specialize in novels, children’s books, poetry, screenplays, short stories, memoirs, theoretical works, anthologies, and much more. Their goal is to help you discover your strengths as a writer and to provide an engaging environment for you to do your best work.


Application Info: We have rolling admissions and respond to complete applications within a week! Our online application requires a transcript, personal statement, writing sample, and 2 recommendation letters. We do not require GRE scores.

Academic Calendar: We offer year-round classes, including fall, spring, and summer.