Master of Humanities

MH with a concentration in Creative Writing

The power of writing allows you to create the things that you wish already exist. We will give you a solid foundation to start. With ample courses ranging from Teaching College English to Genre Writing, we focus on creative writing workshops that challenge and test you – and make you a better writer, so that you can create like no one else ever has.

Graduate Program Tabs

Students in the Creative Writing concentration can discover new talents in courses teaching them to write novels, short stories, poetry, creative non-fiction, screenplays, and young adult fiction. Combining the academic study of creative prose, poetry, and performance writing with hands-on experience producing it, this program both deepens student understanding of the human creative process and expands their use of it. The Capstone Project is required for this concentration.

Did you know?

  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for Creative Writers was $55,940 in May, 2012.
  • Writers and authors work in an office, at home, or wherever else they have access to a computer. Most work full time. However, self-employed and freelance writers usually work part time or have variable schedules. About two-thirds were self-employed in 2012.

 

Potential Career Opportunities in Creative Writing:

  • Author
  • Editor
  • Education/Instructor
  • Freelance Writer
  • Journalist
  • Publication Assistant
  • Public Relations/Advertising
  • Technical Writer

Creative Writing Concentration 18 hours
Capstone project HUM680 is required for the Creative Writing Concentration. There is no Comprehensive Exam option for Creative Writing.

Choose at least three of the following Creative Writing, 3-credit hour courses

  • ENG541 Creative Writing: Short Story
  • ENG542 Creative Writing: The Novel
  • ENG543 Creative Writing: Poetry
  • ENG544 Creative Writing: Genre Writing ENG545 Creative Writing: Performance Writing

Other course offering options to complete a total of 18 hours ENG515 Teaching College English

  • ART524 Creativity and its Development
  • ENG531 Studies in Genre Fiction
  • ENG570 Ethnic Voices: Poetry
  • ENG583 Poetics of Western Drama

Total ................................................................................................................................................................................. 18 hours

 

Master of Humanities: Interdisciplinary Core 9 hours

ENG505 Graduate Rhetoric & Composition................................................................................................... .........................................3 hours

ENG525 Research Methods.......................................... ..................................................................................................................................3 hours

ENG526 Critical Thinking & Reading..........................................................................................................................................................2 hours

SAS680 Capstone............................................................... ................................................................................................................... ............2 hours

Total.................................................................................................................................................................................10 hours

 

Capstone 3 hours

  • HUM680 Capstone Project

Total MH 30 hours

 

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

Online - Offered in a 15-week format with start dates in January, May and August

All MH concentrations offered:

Teaching College English (ENG515) - This course will investigate both theoretical and practical issues related to teaching First-Year composition. Topics will include developing effective syllabi, identifying and articulating learning objectives, designing effective writing assignments, assessing college writing, understanding and creating rubrics and developing an effective critique process. Students will develop a portfolio that includes a teaching philosophy, syllabi and sample lesson plans. The final assignment will be the development of a syllabus with a paper explaining the rationale for that syllabus in terms of pedagogical goals for the course and best teaching practices.

Creative Writing Workshop: Short Story (ENG541) - The Creative Writing Workshops are writing courses in the tradition of the classic writer’s workshop with the advantage of being online. Students will write and criticize their own and each other’s material in light of critical study of the writing of short fiction.

Creative Writing Workshop: The Novel (ENG542) - The Creative Writing Workshops are writing courses in the tradition of the classic writer’s workshop with the advantage of being online. Students will write and criticize their own and each other’s material in light of critical study of the writing of a novel.

Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry (ENG543) - The Creative Writing Workshops are writing courses in the tradition of the classic writer’s workshop with the advantage of being online. Students will write and criticize their own and each other’s material in light of critical study of the writing of poetry.

Creative Writing: Genre Writing (ENG544) - This creative writing course guides students through the methods of writing a variety of genre fictions, including but not limited to young adult fiction, children’s literature and creative nonfiction. The structure and conventions of a variety of forms of genre fiction will be studied along with mood, tone, point of view and setting. This course will emphasize publication conventions and the writing of marketable work.

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Faculty

Vincent Moore
Vincent Moore

Vincent Moore, Ph.D.

MooreV@tiffin.edu
419-448-3345

Professor of English

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.A., Psychology, Oberlin College
  • M.A., Creative Writing, Miami University
  • Ph.D., English, University of Southern Mississippi

Vincent Moore, Ph.D.

Dr. Vincent Moore has worked in a number of non-academic fields and has lived in eleven states while pursuing his educational and career goals. Growing up in Oberlin, OH, he earned his B.A. in Psychology at Oberlin College (1985). He studied for an M.S. in Exercise Physiology, but instead earned an M.A. in Creative Writing at Miami University (1992). In 1998 he earned his doctorate in English (main focus: Writing; secondary areas are 20th Century American Literature, Film, and Posthuman Literary Theory) at the University of Southern Mississippi. Since 1992 he has been teaching at the college level, first as an adjunct in Maryland and New York, then full time at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and later at St. Paul’s College in Virginia before coming to Tiffin University.

Dr. Moore has been at Tiffin University since August, 2002. His teaching interests are Composition, Creative Writing, Modern and Postmodern Literature, and Film.  He regularly teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, with courses such as History of Film, Film Genre, The Criminal Mind in Crime Literature, Genre Fiction, Creative Writing, a seminar on Sherlock Holmes, and introductory writing courses.  He's been a member of the Popular Culture Association since 2001 and has presented at their national conferences on masculinity, body dysmorphic disorder, science fiction, and posthuman theory.  As a freelance writer, his work has been in Jewish Currents, Inside Kung-Fu, Black Belt Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Bulletin of Bibliography, and many other magazines and journals.  He teaches the novel-writing class in the Master of Humanities program and three of his novels are available on Amazon.com.

Vincent Moore, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Vincent Moore, Ph.D.
Professor of English

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