Program description: Northwestern University School of Professional Studies’ part-time evening classes offer scheduling flexibility to pursue your writing goals while balancing your professional and personal life. Core writing competency is developed through peer workshops, reading and discussing other authors’ works, literature courses, electives, a teaching practicum, and publishing internships.
Students learn to read like writers, and faculty members lead them in exploring a range of aesthetic approaches. In workshops, faculty facilitate discussions that help student writers examine and address strengths and weaknesses in their writing. In the thesis quarters, students work one-on-one with faculty to explore deeper possibilities of their work, improve structure and style, and shape the thesis manuscript.
The program includes numerous opportunities for study beyond the classroom. Students may gain experience in publishing by serving as staff of TriQuarterly, the program’s own international literary journal, or by interning with outside organizations. Through a teaching seminar and related internships, students may also prepare for teaching careers. Students connect with other writers at readings and related events in an artistic community of faculty and peers that extends beyond the University.