Johns Hopkins University: The Writing Seminars

Maryland, United States

Residential program

The Writing Seminars selects students on a competitive basis from throughout the country as candidates for the MFA in Fiction or Poetry. The MFA class convenes for two academic years and includes no more than 12 students. Candidates in the Fiction and Poetry programs will take 2 courses a term, culminating in the writing of an original - a novel, collection of stories, or poems. Candidates for the MFA in Fiction or Poetry must demonstrate an ability to read and translate a foreign language.

All MFA students receive teaching assistantships consisting of a full tuition fellowship and a stipend. Teaching assistants will teach one section each of Introduction to Fiction and Poetry Writing.

Contact Information

3400 N. Charles Street
Gilman 81, The Writing Seminars
Baltimore
Maryland, United States
21218
Phone: (410) 516-6286
Email: writingseminars@jhu.edu
Fax: 410-516-6828
http://writingseminars.jhu.edu/graduate/index.html



DEGREE PROGRAMS

Undergraduate Program Director

Katharine Noel
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Email: knoel4@jhu.edu

The preliminary course for undergraduate students in The Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars is Introduction to Fiction and Poetry Writing (IFP), a prerequisite for all majors and others who want to take advanced courses in writing. Requirements for the BA include 2 semesters of philosophy, 2 semesters of history, 4 courses in English literature; a foreign language through the intermediate level; and 8 advanced semesters in The Writing Seminars. Undergraduate awards and fellowships available to Writing Seminars students are the Louis Azrael Fellowship, the Jacob H. Hollander Prize, the Robert Arellano Award, the Mary Farrell Camerer Award, and the Three Arts Club of Homeland Award.

Genres: Fiction, Poetry
Total Units for Degree: 120

Graduate Program Director

James Arthur
Director of Graduate Studies

Email: jarthur7@jhu.edu

The Writing Seminars selects students on a competitive basis from throughout the country as candidates for the MFA in Fiction or Poetry. The MFA class convenes for two academic years and includes no more than 12 students. Candidates in the Fiction and Poetry programs will take 2 courses a term, culminating in the writing of an original - a novel, collection of stories, or poems. Candidates for the MFA in Fiction or Poetry must demonstrate an ability to read and translate a foreign language.

All MFA students receive teaching assistantships consisting of a full tuition fellowship and a stipend. Teaching assistants will teach one section each of Introduction to Fiction and Poetry Writing.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 10
Smallest Class Size: 10
Genres: Fiction, Poetry
Unit of Measure: Hours
Other Requirements: Statement of Purpose (Critique of Work)
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, GRE, Other




FACULTY

Jean McGarry

Dream Date, Gallagher's Travels, Home at Last, Ocean State, No Harm Done

http://writingseminars.jhu.edu/faculty_directory/mcgarry.html


Mary Jo Salter

Henry Pucell in Japan. Unfinished Painting. Sunday Skaters. A Kiss in Space, It's Hard to Say, The Surveyors

http://writingseminars.jhu.edu/faculty_directory/salter.html


Danielle Evans

Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self

https://writingseminars.jhu.edu/directory/danielle-evans/


Brad Leithauser

The Art Student's War. Darlington's Fall. Penchants and Places.

http://writingseminars.jhu.edu/faculty_directory/leithauser.html


Andrew Motion

Coming in to Land, The New World, The Customs House

http://writingseminars.jhu.edu/directory/andrew-motion/


Dora Malech

Say So, Shore Ordered Ocean

http://writingseminars.jhu.edu/directory/dora-malech/


David Yezzi

Birds of the Air. Azores. The Hidden Model.


Eric Puchner

Music Through the Floor, Model Home, Last Day on Earth

https://writingseminars.jhu.edu/directory/eric-puchner/


James Arthur

Charms Against Lightning.

https://writingseminars.jhu.edu/directory/james-arthur/


Katharine Noel

Meantime: A Novel, Halfway House

https://writingseminars.jhu.edu/directory/katharine-noel/


Shannon Robinson

https://writingseminars.jhu.edu/directory/lecturer-and-director-of-ifp/





COMMUNITY

A steady flow of visiting readers and lecturers in recent years has included Colson Whitehead, Claudia Rankine, Marilynne Robinson, Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith, Lorrie Moore, Gish Jen, Jennifer Egan, Ilya Kaminsky, Jesmyn Ward, Tim O’ Brien, Paul Beatty, Isabel Wilkerson, Yiyun Li, Teju Cole, Tracy K. Smith, Esi Edugyan, Terrance Hayes, James Shapiro, James Fenton, Alan Hollinghurst, Dinaw Mengestu, Alice Oswald, Christopher Ricks, Jorie Graham, Colm Toibin, and others.

President's Reading Series: Literature of Social Import (https://writingseminars.jhu.edu/events/reading-series/)

Chaffee Visiting Writer Series (https://writingseminars.jhu.edu/events/reading-series/)

Turnbull Poetry Lectures (https://writingseminars.jhu.edu/events/reading-series/)

Albert Dowling Visiting Writer (https://writingseminars.jhu.edu/events/reading-series/)

Margolies Visiting Writer (https://writingseminars.jhu.edu/events/reading-series/)

MFA Alumni Reading (https://writingseminars.jhu.edu/events/reading-series/)

William J. Sullivan, Jr. and Richard H. Elder Visiting Poet (https://writingseminars.jhu.edu/events/reading-series/)