Master of Arts in Creative Writing

Online MA in Creative Writing

Saint Leo University’s Master of Arts in Creative Writing gives aspiring writers thetools to begin a new phase of their creative life as a professional writer.

Why Study Creative Writing at Saint Leo?

  • Our low-residency format provides extreme flexibility for working adults,meaning that you can pursue your writing goals without interrupting yourexisting commitments to career, community, and family. Each July, students beginthe program with an eight-day residency, at the University Campus just north ofTampa Bay, then complete course work online during the academic year.
  • Students complete the 36-hour M.A. degree in just two calendar years.
  • It is the only M.A. program in the nation with an optional track of study in warliterature and writing for veterans.
  • At just $595 per graduate credit hour, the Saint Leo M.A. offers an affordableway for apprentice writers to explore and enhance their creative lives.

Low Residency Master of Arts Program

The program begins with an eight-day long annual residency, held on the Saint LeoUniversity Campus. The residency is designed as an immersive and contemplativeretreat, where students workshop their own creative work, and attend lectures on thecraft of writing, seminars on the professional writing life, and readings by nationallyknown writers.

During the residency, students meet one-on-one with a faculty mentor to design anannual work plan. These plans are specifically tailored to the needs of each studentand help guide you to the completion of the program. Between residencies, studentscomplete course work from home, communicating with fellow students and mentorsvia the Internet, mail, and phone.

Saint Leo’s low-residency Master’s degree in Creative Writing allows you to grow as a writer.

  • By giving you a one-on-one mentor relationship with a published writer ofnational reputation.
  • By connecting you with a working creative community of writers.
  • By helping you build your own creative network of writers, editors, agents, andpublishers on a local, regional, national, and international basis.
  • By jump-starting your creative life in an eight-day, intensive residency eachsummer on the Saint Leo University campus.
  • By giving deadlines and structure to your writing, the program prepares you fora future as a working writer.

Degree Requirements

Creative Writing Core (9 credits)

  • Course
  • Course Name
  • Credits
  • CRW 5011 Theory & Practice Creative Writing I 3

    This survey of both canonical and contemporary prose and poetry offers a focused study of the best writing in both genres. The course will include intensive reading and short critical analysis essays based on the reading list established by the mentor. The reading list will include, but not be limited to, works based on the optional thematic strand of war literature. This course is repeated three times for a total of 9 credit hours. Course numbers will be CRW-5011, CRW-5012, CRW-5013.

  • CRW 5012 Theory & Practice Creative Writing II 3

    This survey of both canonical and contemporary prose and poetry offers a focused study of the best writing in both genres. The course will include intensive reading and short critical analysis essays based on the reading list established by the mentor. The reading list will include, but not be limited to, works based on the optional thematic strand of war literature. This course is repeated three times for a total of 9 credit hours. Course numbers will be CRW-5011, CRW-5012, CRW-5013.

  • CRW 5013 Theory & Practice Creative Writing III 3

    This survey of both canonical and contemporary prose and poetry offers a focused study of the best writing in both genres. The course will include intensive reading and short critical analysis essays based on the reading list established by the mentor. The reading list will include, but not be limited to, works based on the optional thematic strand of war literature. This course is repeated three times for a total of 9 credit hours. Course numbers will be CRW-5011, CRW-5012, CRW-5013.

Creative Writing Workshops (12 credits)

  • CRW 5101 Workshop in Poetry I 3

    This course focuses on the production of new work and the fundamentals of craft in poetry. The course emphasizes writing exercises and the review of draft poems, as well as the critical analysis of poems and works on craft written by professional, established poets. Students and faculty mentors negotiate an individual semester work plan that includes the production of new poems, craft exercises, and close reading in poetry. Students will participate in peer/mentor review workshops and receive feedback on their work. The class accommodates veteran writers who are participating in the MA program’s optional thematic strand of writing for veterans and the study of war literature. Course may be repeated with course numbers CRW-5102, CRW-5103, CRW-5104.

    Prerequisites: Prerequisites: CRW 5011 - Theory & Practice of Creative Writing

  • CRW 5102 Workshop in Poetry II 3

    This course focuses on the production of new work and the fundamentals of craft in poetry. The course emphasizes writing exercises and the review of draft poems, as well as the critical analysis of poems and works on craft written by professional, established poets. Students and faculty mentors negotiate an individual semester work plan that includes the production of new poems, craft exercises, and close reading in poetry. Students will participate in peer/mentor review workshops and receive feedback on their work. The class accommodates veteran writers who are participating in the MA program’s optional thematic strand of writing for veterans and the study of war literature. Course may be repeated with course numbers CRW-5102, CRW-5103, CRW-5104.

    Prerequisites: Prerequisites: CRW 5011 - Theory & Practice of Creative Writing

  • CRW 5103 Workshop in Poetry III 3

    This course focuses on the production of new work and the fundamentals of craft in poetry. The course emphasizes writing exercises and the review of draft poems, as well as the critical analysis of poems and works on craft written by professional, established poets. Students and faculty mentors negotiate an individual semester work plan that includes the production of new poems, craft exercises, and close reading in poetry. Students will participate in peer/mentor review workshops and receive feedback on their work. The class accommodates veteran writers who are participating in the MA program’s optional thematic strand of writing for veterans and the study of war literature. Course may be repeated with course numbers CRW-5102, CRW-5103, CRW-5104.

    Prerequisites: Prerequisites: CRW 5011 - Theory & Practice of Creative Writing

  • CRW 5104 Workshop in Poetry IV 3

    This course focuses on the production of new work and the fundamentals of craft in poetry. The course emphasizes writing exercises and the review of draft poems, as well as the critical analysis of poems and works on craft written by professional, established poets. Students and faculty mentors negotiate an individual semester work plan that includes the production of new poems, craft exercises, and close reading in poetry. Students will participate in peer/mentor review workshops and receive feedback on their work. The class accommodates veteran writers who are participating in the MA program’s optional thematic strand of writing for veterans and the study of war literature. Course may be repeated with course numbers CRW-5102, CRW-5103, CRW-5104.

    Prerequisites: Prerequisites: CRW 5011 - Theory and Practice of Creative Writing

  • CRW 5201 Workshop in Fiction I 3

    This course focuses on the production of new work and the fundamentals of craft in fiction. The course emphasizes writing exercises and the critical analysis of novels, stories, and works on craft written by professional, established fiction writers. Students and faculty mentors negotiate an individual semester work plan that includes the production of new stories or novel chapters, craft exercises, and close reading in fiction. Students will participate in peer/mentor review workshops and receive feedback on their work. The class accommodates veteran writers who are participating in the MA program’s optional thematic strand of writing for veterans and the study of war literature. Course may be repeated with course numbers CRW-5202, CRW-5203, CRW-5204.

    Prerequisites: Prerequisites: CRW 5011 - Theory and Practice of Creative Writing

  • CRW 5202 Workshop in Fiction II 3

    This course focuses on the production of new work and the fundamentals of craft in fiction. The course emphasizes writing exercises and the critical analysis of novels, stories, and works on craft written by professional, established fiction writers. Students and faculty mentors negotiate an individual semester work plan that includes the production of new stories or novel chapters, craft exercises, and close reading in fiction. Students will participate in peer/mentor review workshops and receive feedback on their work. The class accommodates veteran writers who are participating in the MA program’s optional thematic strand of writing for veterans and the study of war literature. Course may be repeated with course numbers CRW-5202, CRW-5203, CRW-5204.

    Prerequisites: Prerequisites: CRW 5011 - Theory and Practice of Creative Writing

  • CRW 5203 Workshop in Fiction III 3

    This course focuses on the production of new work and the fundamentals of craft in fiction. The course emphasizes writing exercises and the critical analysis of novels, stories, and works on craft written by professional, established fiction writers. Students and faculty mentors negotiate an individual semester work plan that includes the production of new stories or novel chapters, craft exercises, and close reading in fiction. Students will participate in peer/mentor review workshops and receive feedback on their work. The class accommodates veteran writers who are participating in the MA program’s optional thematic strand of writing for veterans and the study of war literature. Course may be repeated with course numbers CRW-5202, CRW-5203, CRW-5204.

    Prerequisites: Prerequisites: CRW 5011 - Theory and Practice of Creative Writing

  • CRW 5204 Workshop in Fiction IV 3

    This course focuses on the production of new work and the fundamentals of craft in fiction. The course emphasizes writing exercises and the critical analysis of novels, stories, and works on craft written by professional, established fiction writers. Students and faculty mentors negotiate an individual semester work plan that includes the production of new stories or novel chapters, craft exercises, and close reading in fiction. Students will participate in peer/mentor review workshops and receive feedback on their work. The class accommodates veteran writers who are participating in the MA program’s optional thematic strand of writing for veterans and the study of war literature. Course may be repeated with course numbers CRW-5202, CRW-5203, CRW-5204.

    Prerequisites: Prerequisites: CRW 5011 - Theory and Practice of Creative Writing

  • CRW 5301 Workshop in Nonfiction I 3

    This survey of both canonical and contemporary texts offers a focused study of creative nonfiction designed to reinforce the relationship between close reading and the production of new work. Students examine the emergence of the genre in a historical context from Montaigne’s essays to contemporary texts. Students read from an individual reading list developed in consultation with the faculty mentor. The course will include intensive reading, response essays, and short critical analyses. Students will complete a longer critical paper on a specific topic that emerges from their reading experience. The reading list will include, but not be limited to, works based on the optional thematic strand of war literature. Courses may be repeated with course numbers CRW-5302, CRW-5303, CRW-5304.

    Prerequisites: Prerequisites: CRW 5011 - Theory and Practice of Creative Writing

  • CRW 5302 Workshop in Nonfiction II 3

    This survey of both canonical and contemporary texts offers a focused study of creative nonfiction designed to reinforce the relationship between close reading and the production of new work. Students examine the emergence of the genre in a historical context from Montaigne’s essays to contemporary texts. Students read from an individual reading list developed in consultation with the faculty mentor. The course will include intensive reading, response essays, and short critical analyses. Students will complete a longer critical paper on a specific topic that emerges from their reading experience. The reading list will include, but not be limited to, works based on the optional thematic strand of war literature. Courses may be repeated with course numbers CRW-5302, CRW-5303, CRW-5304.

    Prerequisites: Prerequisites: CRW 5011 - Theory and Practice of Creative Writing

  • CRW 5303 Workshop in Nonfiction III 3

    This survey of both canonical and contemporary texts offers a focused study of creative nonfiction designed to reinforce the relationship between close reading and the production of new work. Students examine the emergence of the genre in a historical context from Montaigne’s essays to contemporary texts. Students read from an individual reading list developed in consultation with the faculty mentor. The course will include intensive reading, response essays, and short critical analyses. Students will complete a longer critical paper on a specific topic that emerges from their reading experience. The reading list will include, but not be limited to, works based on the optional thematic strand of war literature. Courses may be repeated with course numbers CRW-5302, CRW-5303, CRW-5304.

    Prerequisites: Prerequisites: CRW 5011 - Theory and Practice of Creative Writing

  • CRW 5304 Workshop in Nonfiction IV 3

    This survey of both canonical and contemporary texts offers a focused study of creative nonfiction designed to reinforce the relationship between close reading and the production of new work. Students examine the emergence of the genre in a historical context from Montaigne’s essays to contemporary texts. Students read from an individual reading list developed in consultation with the faculty mentor. The course will include intensive reading, response essays, and short critical analyses. Students will complete a longer critical paper on a specific topic that emerges from their reading experience. The reading list will include, but not be limited to, works based on the optional thematic strand of war literature. Courses may be repeated with course numbers CRW-5302, CRW-5303, CRW-5304.

    Prerequisites: Prerequisites: CRW 5011 - Theory and Practice of Creative Writing

Creative Writing Foundations (12 credits)

  • ENG 5101 Foundations in Poetry I 3

    This survey of both canonical and contemporary texts offers a focused study of poetry designed to familiarize students with the major poetic movements in literary history, and to reinforce the relationship between close reading and the production of new work. Students read from an individual reading list developed in consultation with the faculty mentor. The course will include intensive reading, response essays, and short critical analyses. Students will complete a longer critical paper on a specific topic that emerges from their reading experience. The reading list will include, but not be limited to, works based on the optional thematic strand of war literature. Course may be repeated with course numbers ENG-5102, ENG-5103, ENG-5104.

  • ENG 5102 Foundations in Poetry II 3

    This survey of both canonical and contemporary texts offers a focused study of poetry designed to familiarize students with the major poetic movements in literary history, and to reinforce the relationship between close reading and the production of new work. Students read from an individual reading list developed in consultation with the faculty mentor. The course will include intensive reading, response essays, and short critical analyses. Students will complete a longer critical paper on a specific topic that emerges from their reading experience. The reading list will include, but not be limited to, works based on the optional thematic strand of war literature. Course may be repeated with course numbers ENG-5102, ENG-5103, ENG-5104.

  • ENG 5103 Foundations in Poetry III 3

    This survey of both canonical and contemporary texts offers a focused study of poetry designed to familiarize students with the major poetic movements in literary history, and to reinforce the relationship between close reading and the production of new work. Students read from an individual reading list developed in consultation with the faculty mentor. The course will include intensive reading, response essays, and short critical analyses. Students will complete a longer critical paper on a specific topic that emerges from their reading experience. The reading list will include, but not be limited to, works based on the optional thematic strand of war literature. Course may be repeated with course numbers ENG-5102, ENG-5103, ENG-5104.

  • ENG 5104 Foundations in Poetry IV 3

    This survey of both canonical and contemporary texts offers a focused study of poetry designed to familiarize students with the major poetic movements in literary history, and to reinforce the relationship between close reading and the production of new work. Students read from an individual reading list developed in consultation with the faculty mentor. The course will include intensive reading, response essays, and short critical analyses. Students will complete a longer critical paper on a specific topic that emerges from their reading experience. The reading list will include, but not be limited to, works based on the optional thematic strand of war literature. Course may be repeated with course numbers ENG-5102, ENG-5103, ENG-5104.

  • ENG 5201 Foundations in Fiction I 3

    This survey of both canonical and contemporary texts offers a focused study of fiction designed to reinforce the relationship between close reading and the production of new work. Students will examine the development of the novel in literary history, as well as the emergence of the short story as an art form. Students read from an individual reading list developed in consultation with the faculty mentor. The course will include intensive reading, response essays, and short critical analyses. Students will complete a longer critical paper on a specific topic suggested by their reading experience. The reading list will include, but not be limited to, works based on the optional thematic strand of war literature. Course may be repeated with course numbers ENG-5202, ENG-5203, ENG-5204.

    Prerequisites: Prerequisites: CRW 5011 - Theory and Practice of Creative Writing

  • ENG 5202 Foundations in Fiction II 3

    This survey of both canonical and contemporary texts offers a focused study of fiction designed to reinforce the relationship between close reading and the production of new work. Students will examine the development of the novel in literary history, as well as the emergence of the short story as an art form. Students read from an individual reading list developed in consultation with the faculty mentor. The course will include intensive reading, response essays, and short critical analyses. Students will complete a longer critical paper on a specific topic suggested by their reading experience. The reading list will include, but not be limited to, works based on the optional thematic strand of war literature. Course may be repeated with course numbers ENG-5202, ENG-5203, ENG-5204.

    Prerequisites: Prerequisites: CRW 5011 - Theory and Practice of Creative Writing

  • ENG 5203 Foundations in Fiction III 3

    This survey of both canonical and contemporary texts offers a focused study of fiction designed to reinforce the relationship between close reading and the production of new work. Students will examine the development of the novel in literary history, as well as the emergence of the short story as an art form. Students read from an individual reading list developed in consultation with the faculty mentor. The course will include intensive reading, response essays, and short critical analyses. Students will complete a longer critical paper on a specific topic suggested by their reading experience. The reading list will include, but not be limited to, works based on the optional thematic strand of war literature. Course may be repeated with course numbers ENG-5202, ENG-5203, ENG-5204.

    Prerequisites: Prerequisites: CRW 5011 - Theory and Practice of Creative Writing

  • ENG 5204 Foundations in Fiction IV 3

    This survey of both canonical and contemporary texts offers a focused study of fiction designed to reinforce the relationship between close reading and the production of new work. Students will examine the development of the novel in literary history, as well as the emergence of the short story as an art form. Students read from an individual reading list developed in consultation with the faculty mentor. The course will include intensive reading, response essays, and short critical analyses. Students will complete a longer critical paper on a specific topic suggested by their reading experience. The reading list will include, but not be limited to, works based on the optional thematic strand of war literature. Course may be repeated with course numbers ENG-5202, ENG-5203, ENG-5204.

    Prerequisites: Prerequisites: CRW 5011 - Theory and Practice of Creative Writing

  • ENG 5301 Foundations in Nonfiction I 3

    This survey of both canonical and contemporary texts offers a focused study of creative nonfiction designed to reinforce the relationship between close reading and the production of new work. Students examine the emergence of the genre in a historical context from Montaigne’s essays to contemporary texts. Students read from an individual reading list developed in consultation with the faculty mentor. The course will include intensive reading, response essays, and short critical analyses. Students will complete a longer critical paper on a specific topic that emerges from their reading experience. The reading list will include, but not be limited to, works based on the optional thematic strand of war literature. Courses may be repeated with course numbers ENG-5302, ENG-5303, ENG-5304.

    Prerequisites: Prerequisites: CRW 5011 - Theory and Practice of Creative Writing

  • ENG 5302 Foundations in Nonfiction II 3

    This survey of both canonical and contemporary texts offers a focused study of creative nonfiction designed to reinforce the relationship between close reading and the production of new work. Students examine the emergence of the genre in a historical context from Montaigne’s essays to contemporary texts. Students read from an individual reading list developed in consultation with the faculty mentor. The course will include intensive reading, response essays, and short critical analyses. Students will complete a longer critical paper on a specific topic that emerges from their reading experience. The reading list will include, but not be limited to, works based on the optional thematic strand of war literature. Courses may be repeated with course numbers ENG-5302, ENG-5303, ENG-5304.

    Prerequisites: Prerequisites: CRW 5011 - Theory and Practice of Creative Writing

  • ENG 5303 Foundations in Nonfiction III 3

    This survey of both canonical and contemporary texts offers a focused study of creative nonfiction designed to reinforce the relationship between close reading and the production of new work. Students examine the emergence of the genre in a historical context from Montaigne’s essays to contemporary texts. Students read from an individual reading list developed in consultation with the faculty mentor. The course will include intensive reading, response essays, and short critical analyses. Students will complete a longer critical paper on a specific topic that emerges from their reading experience. The reading list will include, but not be limited to, works based on the optional thematic strand of war literature. Courses may be repeated with course numbers ENG-5302, ENG-5303, ENG-5304.

    Prerequisites: Prerequisites: CRW 5011 - Theory and Practice of Creative Writing

  • ENG 5304 Foundations in Nonfiction IV 3

    This survey of both canonical and contemporary texts offers a focused study of creative nonfiction designed to reinforce the relationship between close reading and the production of new work. Students examine the emergence of the genre in a historical context from Montaigne’s essays to contemporary texts. Students read from an individual reading list developed in consultation with the faculty mentor. The course will include intensive reading, response essays, and short critical analyses. Students will complete a longer critical paper on a specific topic that emerges from their reading experience. The reading list will include, but not be limited to, works based on the optional thematic strand of war literature. Courses may be repeated with course numbers ENG-5302, ENG-5303, ENG-5304.

    Prerequisites: Prerequisites: CRW 5011 - Theory and Practice of Creative Writing

Creative Writing Thesis (3 credits)

  • Course
  • Course Name
  • Credits
  • CRW 601 Preparing the Master's Thesis 3

    24 hours of graduate credit; to be taken in second semester of second year only. Students in this course prepare a draft final thesis, a book-length collection of original creative work that is part of the capstone experience of the Master’s program. An acceptable thesis is defined as 48-64 pages of original poetry, or a substantially complete work of prose (regardless of genre) ranging from 125-300 pages. The course will also focus on the thesis as a marketable work product; students will research markets for publication in their genre of concentration and prepare excerpts for submission and possible publication. Students compile a draft version of the thesis at the end of the term; the revised thesis will be submitted during their final on-campus residency, and a public reading from the thesis will be given.

Total Credits 36