Program description: Saint Leo University’s Master of Arts in Creative Writing gives aspiring fiction writers, essayists, memoirists, and poets the tools to begin a new phase of their creative life as a professional writer. Designed to be completed in just two calendar years, the 36-hour master’s degree is a low-residency program that requires three summer residencies, four semesters of study, and a book-length thesis of the student’s creative work.
Our low-residency format provides extreme flexibility for working adults, meaning that you can pursue your writing goals without interrupting your existing commitments to career, community, and family. Students come to University campus for a single, weeklong residency each July, then complete course work from home during the academic year.
Saint Leo’s is the only MA program in the nation with an optional track of study in war literature and writing for veterans.
During residency, students join a community of working writers in craft lectures, seminars, and genre-specific workshops. We eat lunch together as a community each day of residency. In the evenings, students attend readings and performances from visiting writers, artists, and musicians. Students connect with a working creative community of writers, and build their own network of writers, editors, agents, and publishers on a local, regional, national, and international basis.
In the fall and spring semesters, students pursue their own creative projects under the direction of a published writer of national reputation, working in a one-on-one tutorial.
The Saint Leo MA offers an affordable way for apprentice writers to explore and enhance their creative lives. At just $595 per graduate credit hour, the Saint Leo MA is an affordable investment in your creative future.