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The Creative Writing master's degree concentration is offered online or on campus at the University of Denver in the evenings, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults. The University of Denver's Creative Writing program helps students define, develop, and explore their writing abilities in a professional or personal capacity, whether their interests are in memoir, poetry, nonfiction, or fiction writing. Designed for the busy adult, the Creative Writing program offers intensive writing and revision workshops, along with lessons in the overall publishing process. Creative Writing students can expect small class settings to provide the best opportunity for personalized learning as writing and publishing are explored.

In the Creative Writing program, you'll move beyond mechanics and refine your writing skills to use the written language to communicate more clearly, artfully, and powerfully. Dedicated and experienced faculty members provide expert instruction, as they guide you to extend your potential as a writer and address your writing strengths and weaknesses in a supportive atmosphere. Students in the Creative Writing program love to learn creative writing and literature, and our graduates live the writing life, whether they teach writing or write for professional and personal reasons. Sustain and strengthen your creative writing prowess by focusing on the craft of writing from start to finish. Customize your Arts and Culture master's degree through the innovative Professional Options Curriculum using our convenient online degree builder tool, which allows you to select courses that cater to your specific career needs.

This degree prepares students to:


  • Use written language to communicate more clearly and powerfully in their professional and personal lives

  • Move beyond mastering mechanical skills and conveying information to writing artfully, evoking emotions, and expressing points of view

  • Participate in intensive workshops designed to give their writing personalized attention

  • Read and critique literature with the eye of a writer and editor

  • Work with dedicated faculty who will help them extend their potential as writers and address their writing strengths and weaknesses

  • Share with other students their experience with the craft of writing

  • Foster their creativity in a positive atmosphere in which they receive constructive feedback on their writing

Arts and Culture Outcomes

This program prepares students to:

  • Describe and discuss arts and culture within the context of today's society, economy, and not-for-profit trends
  • Address and strategize issues of organizational development, inclusiveness, and leadership
  • Plan for programs and events utilizing theoretical guiding principles based on case studies
  • Develop plans for audience development in changing cultural and economic context

Required Courses

MLS in Arts And Culture with a concentration in Creative Writing requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)

Professional Foundation Courses - 12 qtr. hrs

Professional Foundations courses help students to understand the scope of activity, historical development, future direction and trends, and typical types and roles of organizations that operate within a career field.


Concentration Courses - 16 qtr. hrs (Choose 4)

Professional Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.


Further Study - 12 qtr. hrs (Choose 3)

Further Studies Options allow students to customize their degrees to match their career needs by either choosing in-depth study in their concentration by selecting three of the following courses, or exploring other options by using our Degree Builder tool.


Core Courses - 8 qtr. hrs

The Graduate Research and Writing and Capstone Project courses are required for all master's degree students. The Graduate Research and Writing course prepares students for the writing and research assignments throughout their program, including the capstone project. The Capstone Project is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.



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Careers in Creative Writing

Titles
Writer, Editor, Writing Coach, Teacher, Screenwriter, Ghostwriter, Playwright, Writing Consultant, Advertiser, Marketer, Copywriter, Grant Writer.

Duties
Research, marketing, writing, editing, idea generation, networking.

Outlook
Employment for writers, particularly salaried writing and editing positions, is expected to rise within the next decade. Content creation is considered crucial for start-ups and major businesses, as strong writers and researchers are needed to communicate well, according to a "10 Job Skills Startups Will Kill For" report from Mashable. Keep an eye on web-related writing and multimedia for major opportunities, as well as positions in non-profit organizations. The Creative Writing program provides foundational communication knowledge that can be applied across sectors and industries.

Careers In Arts and Culture

Apply creativity to any job!
Depending on the size of your arts or culture organization, your function may vary from specific to broad with a wide range of duties in between. Whether you're working in writing, event planning, financial planning, fundraising, marketing, technology administration, or production, your love for the arts combined with a master's degree or graduate certificate will prepare you for a job within the arts industry. From negotiations to marketing, budget planning to production, an arts management career for a non-profit, entrepreneurial, or commercial enterprise is ideal for current or aspiring leaders within the arts and culture community who also seek a business background.

Add a splash of color to your career.
Demand for artists with technology skills is expected to increase, particularly for computer and mobile graphic artists. Combine the arts development and program management option with a web design or project management background from the Information and Communication Technology program, or pair your skills with fundraising or marketing. Have a passion for the written word? Try your hand at being a professional full-time writer (70% are self-employed) or work for an online publication or publishing house specializing in e-books. If you'd rather craft your own position and open an art gallery, you're in luck: annual revenues for retail art dealers increased 40% over the past five years, according to US Economic Census data. Sounds like a creative avenue worth exploring!

Where are they now?
Arts and Culture program graduates hold titles such as Communication Manager, Copy Editor, Proofreader, Freelance Author, Teacher, Consultant, Paralegal Assistant, and Library Director for companies or organizations such as Employment Publishing Inc., St. Petersburg College, The Boeing Company, Aurora Public Schools, Denver County School District, City of Pasadena, CIG Media Group, LDS Family Services, CH2M Hill, and Michelman & Robinson.

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