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Department of English
440 Bartow Ave MD2701
Kennesaw, Georgia, 30144, United States
The Master of Arts in Professional Writing (MAPW) degree is an interdisciplinary professional graduate degree program that prepares candidates for a wide variety of writing related positions in academe, business, publishing, screenwriting and the literary arts. Course work in three concentrations—applied writing, composition and rhetoric, and creative writing—allows students to gain theoretical and practical knowledge in various fields of professional writing. As students become experienced in producing and analyzing the business, technical, journalistic, and creative texts in these three concentrations, they develop a sophisticated understanding of style, structure, and audience. MAPW students will become writing professionals who can move in many directions during their careers; they will become flexible writers who can tune in to the writing conventions of a given genre, adapting their writing style to the requirements of various rhetorical contexts in today's print, electronic and multimodal environments.
Additional resources of special importance to the program faculty and students are the Kennesaw State University Writing Center, the Kennesaw Mountain National Writing Project and the Georgia Writers Association.
Certificate or Non-Degree, PBCCW, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Creative Writing
Master's Degree, MAPW, Masters of Arts in Professional Writing, concentration in Creative Writing
Master's Degree, MAPW, Masters of Arts in Professional Writing, concentration in Composition and Rhetoric
Master's Degree, MAPW, Masters of Arts in Professional Writing, concentration in Applied Writing
Professor Tony Grooms
Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the MA in Professional Writing Program
MAPW students are innovative, creative people of all ages and backgrounds. Students work closely with one another in workshops and other collaborative settings. Our students are community-engaged, working with nonprofit organizations and local businesses as interns, and with faculty as research assistants. They work with undergraduate students as teaching assistants and writing center tutors. Our students present at conferences, publish stories and poems, produce plays, pitch movie scripts, and engage professionally in a variety of writing communities. In more than 25 years, the MAPW has produced a wide alumni network of published authors, public relations specialists, editors, educators and more.