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The mission of Coastal Carolina University's Master of Arts in Writing program is to make individuals more proficient writers in three related areas: creative writing, composition, and professional and technical writing. While these genres can be viewed as distinct disciplines, this degree links them by emphasizing the common elements of effective writing—while also allowing for intensive exploration of a particular area of interest. Students learn to make sophisticated judgments regarding content, tone, style, and diction; learn to utilize technology for presentations, web pages, visual media and print documents; and learn professional procedures to prepare and submit manuscripts for publication. Our program is specifically relevant for teachers, aspiring creative writers, and those who write in professional or technical settings. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for a range of professional and academic opportunities after school or for continued study in MFA or PhD programs.


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Thursday, March 5: Visiting poets Chad Davidson and Gregory Fraser will read from‌
their works at 5:30 p.m. in the James J. Johnson Auditorium on the Coastal Carolina University campus. They are the first featured writers in this semester’s Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series. 
This event is free and open to the public.

Davidson is the author of “From the Fire Hills” (2014), “The Last Predicta” (2008) and “Consolation Miracle (2003), as well as a professor of literature and creative writing and director of the School of the Arts at the University of West Georgia.

Fraser is the author of three poetry collections: “Designed for Flight,” (2014), “Answering the Ruins” (2008) and “Strange Pietà” (2005). His poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The Southern Review and The Gettysburg Review, among others. A recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Fraser is a professor of English and creative writing at the University of West Georgia as well.

Both writers co-authored “Analyze Anything: A Guide to Critical Reading and Writing” (2012) and “Writing Poetry: Creative and Critical Approaches” (2009).

The Johnson Auditorium is in Room 116 of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration, located at 119 Chanticleer Drive E. in Conway.

For more information, call Cara Blue Adams, assistant professor of English and coordinator of the series, at 843-349-2532.