Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars

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The Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars is an academic program offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in writing in the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts & Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.

Founded in 1947, notable faculty of the program have included Edward Albee, John Barth, Madison Smartt Bell, J. M. Coetzee, Mary Jo Salter, Stephen Dixon, Mark Hertsgaard, Brad Leithauser, John Irwin, J.D. McClatchy, Alice McDermott, Mark Crispin Miller, Andrew Motion, Wyatt Prunty, David St. John, Mark Strand, Robert Stone, and David Yezzi.[1]

Writers Jean McGarry and Mary Jo Salter currently co-chair the program, the reputation of which has risen and fallen over the years.[2][3] In 1997, US News and World Report ranked the program second in the United States out of sixty-five eligible full-residency MFA programs, though as the Baltimore City Paper reported, "What is interesting about the U.S. News rankings is that they are based on reputation--not test scores, job-placement rates, or student satisfaction."[2][4][5] In 2011, Poets & Writers ranked Hopkins seventeenth nationally out of 157 eligible full-residency MFA programs.[6] The long respected Science Writing program[7] was closed down in 2013 as an on-campus program, but was re-established as an online/low residency program shortly thereafter.[8]

Degree programs[edit]

  • Writing Seminars B.A. Degree
  • MA in Science Writing
  • MA in Writing
  • MA in Teaching Writing
  • MFA in Fiction and Poetry

Notable graduates[edit]

Turnbull Lectures[edit]

The Writing Seminars hosts the Turnbull Lectures, a yearly lecture series on the topic of poetry.[14] The series was established in 1891 and has run almost continuously between the years 1891-1984 and 2000–present.[15] Recent lecturers have included Richard Wilbur, Paul Muldoon, Stanley Plumly, Edward Mendelson and Edna Longley.[15][16][17]

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External links[edit]


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  2. ^ a b Eileen Murphy (March 18, 1998). "Writers' Cramp, Days of Whine and Proses at the JHU Writing Seminars". City Paper. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "The Writing Seminars". The Johns Hopkins University. n.d. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Seth Abramson (24 August 2010). "Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing [Program Rankings]". Google. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Mike Bowler (February 10, 1998). "Strand writes off JHU Literature". The Baltimore Sun. 
  6. ^ a b "The 2012 MFA Rankings: The Top Fifty". Poets & Writers. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  7. ^ Zivkovic, Bora. "Science Writing at Johns Hopkins | The SA Incubator, Scientific American Blog Network". Retrieved 2015-03-10. 
  8. ^ Straumsheim, Carl (2013-03-25). "Johns Hopkins cuts science writing program for master's degree students @insidehighered". Retrieved 2015-03-10. 
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  11. ^ "The Breakthrough Institute - Emma Marris". Retrieved 2015-03-10. 
  12. ^ "Time Being Books Gardner McFall". Retrieved 2015-03-10. 
  13. ^ "VCU MFA Program Hosts Reading by Poets Tomas Morin and James Arthur | VCU College of Humanities and Sciences". 2013-10-28. Retrieved 2015-03-10. 
  14. ^ a b "Turnbull Lectures - The History". The Johns Hopkins University. n.d. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  15. ^ a b c "Turnbull Lectures-Past Lectures". The Johns Hopkins University. n.d. Archived from the original on 1 October 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  16. ^ a b Gabrielle Dean (15 Feb 2011). "The Sheridan Libraries Blog". Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  17. ^ a b "Faculty and Staff Announcements". The Johns Hopkins University. 3 November 2011.