In The Writer’s Craft you will find time to write, workshops, one-on-one interaction with faculty, exposure to a variety of writing genres, literary events, time dedicated to understanding promotion and handling of your work, and engagement with other serious writers. You will find community. All of this is in the vibrant literary milieu of the San Francisco Bay Area. The program is newly re-imagined and online applications are free.
- Students will be able to complete the 33-unit Master of Arts degree in English in two academic years.
- Each degree is self-designed; students choose which combination of professional writing, creative writing, and composition studies suits their personal and professional goals. Some students use this degree to create the foundation for a successful PhD application.
- Our workshops and seminars are offered in an evening, accelerated format. A centerpiece of our program is the full-year, multi-genre graduate writing meeting time. Students work closely with their cohorts to support and develop their writing.
- Some classes at local universities and colleges may be taken toward your Writer’s Craft degree.
- Set in the University’s ideals of “empowering a diverse student body for leadership and service in a diverse world,” the Writer’s Craft creates a space for you to practice writing and learn new skills.
At the center of our program are classes designed to foster community. In our classes, students work closely with their peers to support and develop their writing. English 108W (generally in fall of the first year) is designed to help students understand one another as colleagues and focus their individual paths through professional writing pertinent to their specific interests. The Writer's Project (generally in the spring of the final year) provides an opportunity for students to join together to workshop final thesis projects in an atmosphere of collegial and faculty support.
Now Reviewing Applications on a Rolling Basis
Complete applications will be reviewed as they are received until the program reaches enrollment caps. Students may enter at four points through the year, late August (Term 1), mid October (Term 2), early January (Term 3), or mid March (Term 4). Applications take approximately two weeks to process.
Internships and GA positions
Ask about tuition reduction for GA work in The Writer's Craft.
Holy Names University also has relationships with local schools, business, presses, and literary support institutions. We help students to negotiate internships that create professional connections in their fields of interest. These internships can be included as units of coursework.