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Creative Writing and Literature Graduate Program

  • Earn Your Way In

    Excel in 2 Degree Courses to Qualify for Admission

  • Format

    Online for 2020–21

  • Average Course Tuition

    $2,900

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Develop your skills in creative writing and literary analysis.

This course takes you through literature courses and writing workshops in fiction, screenwriting, poetry, and nonfiction.

What You'll Learn

Through the master’s degree in the field of creative writing and literature you will:

  • Master key elements of narrative craft, including characterization, story and plot structure, point of view, dialogue, and description.
  • Develop skills across multiple genres, including fiction, nonfiction, and dramatic writing.
  • Analyze works of literature and learn how to approach these texts as a writer and a scholar.
  • Practice the art of revision as a means to hone your voice as a writer.

Your Harvard Degree
Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies, field: Creative Writing and Literature.

Your peers in English, literature, and creative writing work in a variety of writing, research, and communication industries, such as publishing, advertising/marketing, fundraising, and education (secondary and higher education).

  • 39

    Average Age

  • 1-2

    Courses Taken Each Semester

  • 72%

    Working Full Time

  • 99%

    Would Recommend the Program

  • 17 Years

    Professional Experience in the Field

  • Most

    Pursued For Personal Enrichment

Admission and Getting Started

Here at Harvard Extension, you begin your coursework before you even apply. Why? Because we believe the best way to prove you can succeed in the program is by first succeeding in the classroom.

To get started, you take the following two courses. Earn at least a B in each to qualify for admission.

  • HUMA 101 Proseminar: Elements of the Writer’s Craft
  • Advanced fiction writing

Ready to take the next step? Check your admissions eligibility, explore the curriculum, and prepare to enroll in your first course.

See the schedules in the academic calendar.

At Harvard ... we were there, together. I have never seen this effortless camaraderie anywhere else. This positive environment enabled me to complete my studies with a greater depth than if I had been worried or stressed.

Cost and Financial Aid

Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2020–21 rate) $2,900 per course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $35,000

After admission, you may qualify for financial aid. Typically, eligible students receive grant funds to cover a portion of tuition costs each term, in addition to federal financial aid options.

Learning & Connection

Deep learning springs from human connection. That’s why we work so hard to bring people together — whether in a live virtual classroom or an in-person seminar on campus.

Our approach to online learning fosters interaction without sacrificing flexibility. Each week, you’ll engage with your instructor, participate in peer discussions, and receive one-on-one support from teaching staff—all from your home or office.

Online Learning at Harvard Extension School
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