Professional Poetry Writing (Master's)
Refine your passion for writing poetry, ground that passion in the evolving creative tradition, and build connections within the writing community through the master’s concentration in Professional Poetry Writing. You will have the support you need to develop a writing practice that is both focused and flexible enough to sustain you on the journey to publication. Gain the skills needed to craft poetry that expresses your deepest insights in ways that move your audience. You’ll learn to:
• Identify and analyze key elements of poetry
• Apply knowledge of poetic fundamentals to your own creative work
• Discover and cultivate personal habits of thought and behavior to sustain your creative efforts
• Create strategies for developing a professional presence in the poetry world
Professional Creative Writing Outcomes
This program prepares students to:
- Craft writing with a keen awareness of the limits and opportunities of the writing's genre
- Cultivate writing routines and habits that support creative productivity
- Develop a sophisticated knowledge of literary structures and reader expectations
- Apply professional editing standards to evaluate both published writing and writing for your peers
- Assess your own writing and learn how to enhance its strengths and eliminate its weaknesses
- Define your audiences and write in ways that move and entertain them
MA in Professional Creative Writing with a concentration in Professional Poetry Writing requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)Core courses - 20 qtr. hrs
Core 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. The Capstone course is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.
- PWRI 4500 - The Writing Life: Concepts, Practices, and Professionalism
- PWRI 4510 - Literary Genres for Writers: Drama, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
- PWRI 4520 - The Writers Workshop: Responsive Critiques for Creative Revision
- PWRI 4917 - Professional Research for Creative Writers
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.
- PWRI 4200 - Masterworks: Poetry
- PWRI 4210 - Writing Poetry: Foundational Concepts, Skills, and Practice
- PWRI 4220 - Writing Traditional Verse and Contemporary Song Lyrics
- PWRI 4230 - Writing Improvisational Poetry in Organic Verse and Prose
Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Professional Creative Writing programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.
Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.
Popular electives for students pursuing Professional Creative Writing programs include:
- PWRI 4140 - Natural Science and Literature
- PWRI 4340 - Literature to Film: Bringing Published Stories to the Screen
- PWRI 4410 - Writing and Healing
- PWRI 4420 - Literary Translation: Crossing Borders to Enrich Your Own Writing
- PWRI 4540 - Children's Literature: From Picture Books to Books for Young Adults
- PWRI 4550 - From Romance to Realism
- PWRI 4701 - Topics in Literature
- PWRI 4702 - Topics in Writing
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Careers in Professional Poetry Writing
Poet Writer, Editor, Song Writer, Libretto Writer, Copywriter, Writing Coach, Teacher, Marketer
Developing written content for poems and online publications; crafting written works of poetry; editing written content for grammar, punctuation, and readability; revising written content based on customer and editor feedback; transcribing content on behalf of others; preparing works for publication; performing poetry.
Be prepared to produce marketable poetry, whether a freelance or full-time poet or writer. New revenue sources are on the rise for poets, as spoken word poetry and online poetry blogs continue to surge in popularity. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an annual median salary of $60,250 for all writers and authors, though most professional poets pursue a freelance career.
Careers In Professional Creative Writing
Be prepared to publish!
Whether you want to be a novelist, screenwriter, poet, or literary journalist, your love for writing combined with a master's degree or graduate certificate will prepare you for a career in creative writing. From developing a professional writing presence to applying expert editing standards, you'll learn to master the fundamentals of writing for various genres and be prepared to submit your written works to an editor or agent.
The future of digital reading has arrived!
With the rise of mobile-reading—Nielsen says 54% of ebook buyers read from a smartphone on the go-be prepared to write prose people can't put down. Also be prepared to go global, with the growth of opportunity in international markets, according to the Alliance of Independent Authors.
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As a student, you'll gain access to a range of free services offered through DU Career Services. From resume and cover letter assistance to individual career counseling and assessments, you'll have valuable career support during and after your program.
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