Why Earn Your Creative Writing Master's Degree at EMU?

Distinguished as one of the only interdisciplinary programs for creative writing in the country, we provide a rich space for exploring the relation­ships between poetry and poetics, experimental prose, cultural trans­lation, community service, pedagogy and contemporary arts. Locating the writer’s work along the frontiers of social imaginaries and civic pos­sibilities, our program nourishes the development of rigorous and imaginatively engaged writing. The master's emphasizes aesthetic risk and social application, while offering opportunities for writers to explore multiple arts and mixed genres, sound and performance, digital tech­nologies and new media, as well as community-based and collaborative projects, innovative curating and alternative publishing.

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  • Current Creative Writing Courses

      Please visit the course schedule page to see our upcoming course offerings in Creative Writing.
  • Graduate Workshop Topics

    The following workshops are offered at the graduate level. Below are general descriptions of each:

    Interdisciplinary Writing Workshop

    This is a special topics workshop and seminar, with different topics offered each semester. Requirements typically include a substantial portfolio of new creative work, critical reading responses, and seminar presentations. Recent special topics include: Appropriation, Theory and Methods.

    Poetry and Poetics

    This course combines the study of poetics with creative practice. The investigation of poetics assists writers in articulating the relationship of their poetry to social, aesthetic, historical, linguistic, and philosophical frameworks. Combining creative writing with studies in poetics, students will have the opportunity to develop their writing with an awareness of the larger contexts of art that ground their practice and thought.

    Prose

    Enlisting theories of narrative and prose genres as these intersect with method and practice, this workshop covers a variety of topics relevant to the creation of compelling prose. Areas of focus vary from term to term and may include fiction, "new narrative," poetry in prose, aphorism, and experimental forms.

    Documentary Writing

    This workshop will sustain an inquiry into appropriation and conceptual writing in theory and practice, while creatively drawing on the rich possibilities offered by the use of source materials and documents in one's work. We will experiment with the value of "shock effects" in appropriation techniques, while also inquiring into the problems of "authorship" and "property." One of the guiding questions of the class will concern the critical value of writing practices that make use of cultural texts and other documents. Through rigorous and imaginative practice, we will produce creative works grounded in new understandings of language as social material.

    Sound Poetry

    This workshop pursues language as soundscape, training our attention to acoustic aspects of language, as well as the dialectic between performance and technology. The course offers theoretical context and practical models for one's own endeavors with the sonic possibilities of writing and speech.

    The Essay As Form

    When driven by linguistic music and associative speculation as much as by facts, the essay becomes a conceptual hybrid, existing between poetry and prose and making the most of techniques associated with both. This course explores the essay as an unorthodox form, one that organizes experience by way of unconventional approaches to inquiry and knowledge.

    Interactive Narrative

    An advanced workshop seminar in creative writing focusing on interactive narrative. Students will study existing work in hypermedia, video art, and installation as well as other narrative forms utilizing the screen such as video games and Web technologies; this class is focused on student work and class discussions.

    New Media

    How are our contemporary aesthetic practices and compositional strategies affected by the digital environment? This workshop explores an expansive view of language that focuses on the rich interplay and overlap of image, text, and electronic media. We'll situate our writing in the global internet-driven transition from a print-based culture to the new multi-modal, multi-media, multi-discipline economies we now inhabit.

Additional Information

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BathHouse Journal

Edited by current creative writing graduate students, BathHouse is an online journal promoting interdisciplinary and hybrid arts with a special emphasis on language and innovation.

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Alumni

Our alumni have meaningful careers in a variety of careers and workplaces.

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Undergraduate Program

Check out our undergraduate programs in creative writing.