About the Program
"Two essential aspects of any graduate writing program are the skills you acquire and the relationships you build. Coastal exceeded all my expectations, providing a flexible curriculum that I could craft to suit my needs and engendering a community of writers—with faculty and fellow students—that continues to challenge, encourage, and support my work long after the completion of the program." - Lane Osborne, MAW alum
The Master of Arts in Writing is a 33-credit-hour program that offers courses in creative writing, composition/rhetoric, professional writing, literature, and linguistics.
A Diverse, Flexible Curriculum
Students in Coastal Carolina’s MA in Writing program take:
• two core courses selected from options in Editing & Publishing, Forms of Creative Writing, and Composition & Rhetoric;
• three workshops selected from options in Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, Professional & Technical Writing, and Composition & Rhetoric;
• two courses in literature and/or linguistics;
• three elective courses that may include additional workshops in creative writing; and
• three hours of portfolio research.
The curriculum’s diversity and flexibility allow students to study extensively in one genre (creative writing, composition, or professional & technical writing) while also broadening their educational range through coursework in additional genres. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for a range of professional opportunities after school or for continued study in MFA or PhD programs.
Opportunities to Gain Experience in Literary Journal Editing
Students in the program will have opportunities to earn academic credit by working on the preparation and production of issues of Waccamaw, Coastal Carolina’s online literary journal. Waccamaw has published a wide array of contemporary authors since its debut in 2008, and work appearing in the journal has been selected for the Best of the Web and Best of the Net anthologies.
Teaching and Research Assistantships Available
Qualified students may be awarded teaching and/or research assistantships that will significantly lower their tuition bills, pay them a stipend, and give them significant professional experience prior to graduation.
Late Application Deadline
Students may also begin the program in either the fall or spring semester, and Coastal Carolina has an exceptionally late application deadline for admissions. Prospective students may submit an application as late as May 15 (for fall admission) and November 15 (for spring admission).
A Vibrant Visiting Writers Series
In the last ten years, Coastal Carolina’s “Words to Say It” Visiting Writers Series has brought some of the best contemporary authors to campus. Writers who have visited for this series include Natasha Trethewey, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Donald Ray Pollock, Brock Clarke, Eula Biss, Edward Hirsch, Randall Kenan, Jill McCorkle, Erika Meitner, Michael Parker, Rebecca Barry, Patrick Phillips, Jeff Parker, Jennifer Grotz, Sandra Beasley, Kevin Brockmeier, Caitlin Horrocks, Will Allison, David Gessner, Hannah Tinti, and Jake Adam York, among others.