12 months
36990 USD/year
36990 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Writing program at Northwestern University provides students the opportunity to grow as artists within the specializations of fiction, nonfiction, popular fiction, and poetry.


The Writing program at Northwestern University is a dual-genre specialization is also offered, as well as a publishing and professional development track that combines publishing industry-related instruction with the creative coursework of the writing workshops. The small-group workshop format allows for individual attention from published, award-winning faculty. Students also have the opportunity to learn the ropes in teaching writing, publishing, and editing. Flexible scheduling — with courses offered evenings and weekends on Northwestern’s Chicago and Evanston campuses as well as online and in hybrid format — gives students the opportunity to balance their professional, personal and writing lives. While earning their degrees, students connect with other writers at readings and other events in an artistic community that extends beyond the University into Chicagoʼs vibrant literary scene.

Writing program goals

  • To help students determine the strengths and weaknesses of their writing, and learn how to evaluate criticism of their work
  • To teach students how to take their writing apart, re-think and revise it
  • To show students how to experiment with different styles and forms
  • To guide students in creating a publishable manuscript or portion of one
  • To teach students how to read literature as a writer and a critic
  • To train students to teach creative writing, informed by current pedagogy and classroom experience
  • To give students the opportunity to edit an international literary magazine with their peers
  • To provide students with the tools to create strong applications for jobs in teaching, publishing, and editing

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Black Activism in Chicago
  • Baseball and American Vernacular Identities
  • Postmodernist Fiction in the U.S. and the World
  • Fictions of the City
  • Inventing the American Novel
  • Literature of Plague and Pandemic

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application form
  • Submit a nonrefundable application fee of $75
  • One sealed copy of official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges and universities
  • Two letters of recommendation focusing on academic achievement and ability
  • Statement of purpose
  • A 20-page writing portfolio in the selected genre of study
  • A brief (5-10 pages) critical essay on a major work of fiction, creative fiction or poetry
  • Current résumé or curriculum vitae
  • A separate written description of any additional study or experience in creative writing (optional)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    36990 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 36990 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    36990 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 36990 USD for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Evanston

1100 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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