Program description: Southeast's Masters in Professional Writing helps students to explore different types of professional writing, to further develop their writing skills, and to perfect their critical abilities, including the determination of effective styles and presentations for texts. Professional writing includes composition, technical writing, new media, editing, and creative writing. The option allows students to learn in depth about writing theories, rhetorical theory, creative writing and its strategies, and technical production of text in print and online. Students may focus in a particular area (such as creative writing) or choose from a variety of writing courses.
Teaching assistantships with alternative assignments in the University Press, The Writing Lab, or the Center for Faulkner Studies are available for those qualified. The Nilsen Endowment provides four scholarships for MAPW students in their second year, as well as the Visiting Writers Series that brings world-renowned writers to campus twice a year. Southeast hosts a national Graduate Student Writing Conference to allow students to present their creative and scholarly writing in a professional setting. For a look at our students' successes in publishing and careers, visit www.semo.edu/english/studentsuccess.html.