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Overview

The Master’s University’s Creative Writing & Publishing (CWP) program is designed for students who are passionate about content creation across the changing and expanding spectrum of communicative media, including fiction and non-fiction, photography, videography, journalism, and podcasting. CWP students choose from a wide variety of courses that provide opportunities to develop their unique creative interests, and they graduate with content creation skills that are increasingly in-demand across diverse industries.

A key characteristic of the CWP program is that our students learn by doing. Classes are hands-on and provide regular opportunities for feedback and publication. CWP students graduate with not just a degree, but also a portfolio of creative work to show prospective employers and clients. If God has gifted you with a creative spark, and if you love inspiring others through what you create, the CWP program may be the perfect place for you to hone your talents and discover why God gave them to you in the first place!

*courses subject to change

Communication Core Courses

C211 3 Units

Study of the communicative function of the mass media and the impact of films, radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and books on society.

C472 3 Units

CAPSTONE CLASS (SPEECH). Theories and methods of evaluating persuasive communication including public address, contemporary drama, and other categories of written discourse. Prerequisite: C371 or C391.

One of the Following
C371 3 Units

Analysis of the theory and practice of the process of interpersonal communication including verbal and nonverbal messages, self-disclosure, social power, intimacy, emotions, conflict reduction, and various interpersonal relationships.

C391 3 Units

Analysis of theories and techniques of the process of communication between persons of different cultures or subcultures.

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING
C254 3 Units

An exploration of journal keeping and autobiographical writing. Students will read and write various types of personal essays and memoirs and share them in small group settings.

C321 3 Units

An introduction to the styles, techniques, content, and forms of screenwriting. Student work is considered for the department annual short film production.

C351 3 Units

Students will study the extended short story form (novella), including plot, characterization, and dialogue. The course will include regular writing for peer review, offering ample time for revision and completion of a polished extended short story (novella).

C261 3 Units

Students are introduced to the basics of professional journalism to gain an understanding of how a publication works; develop instincts as an interviewer, reporter, and writer; and understand the various genres associated with journalistic writing. Students will also learn to develop editing skills by using the Associated Press Stylebook and write on deadline to prepare for writing for the campus publication and beyond.

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING
C382 3 Units

Theories and techniques of social influence. Course content includes motivation, attitude change, ethics, credibility, nonverbal persuasion, logic and argumentation, emotions, and cultural influences.

C481 3 Units

Theories of argumentation including the analysis of propositions, issues, evidence, and reasoning. Training and experience in debate forms.

Creative Writing & Publishing Emphasis Courses

Eleven of the following
C121 3 Units

This introductory course teaches students the skills of drawing, value, color, composition, balance, and proportion. These skills form the foundation of graphics design and photography courses and provide a solid foundation for improving students’ artistic abilities through the application of digital media

C122 3 Units

An introduction to the dynamics of technologically mediated social discourse with a look at both individual implications as well as larger processes within society including culture, polity, and commercial enterprise.

C132 3 Units

An exploration of podcasting as a form of journalism. Students will be introduced to the various types of podcasts and podcast outlets. They will work with classmates to research a podcast concept and then regularly produce and publish it. Components of marketing and attracting subscribers will also be discussed. Computer expertise is not required.

C138 3 Units

Visual storytelling through making, selecting, processing, and disseminating photographic images. Technical, artistic, and professional topics are covered, including composition, lighting, portraiture, photo essays, and reproducing and publishing images, as well as legal and ethical issues.

C142 3 Units

The course teaches the fundamentals of computer graphics using Adobe Photoshop. Students learn to edit photographs, generate digital painting, color correct images, and design layouts for web development. Used as the primary application in the graphics, web, and film industry, Photoshop has become the program that all up-and-coming digital artists and photographers need to learn.

C201 3 Units

From handheld to professional SLR cameras, students will learn the basics of equipment and advanced methods to make photographs look more professional. This class will cover how to connect, download, and upload your digital images to CDs, the web, or for print. Everything from file management to composition, this class covers a wide range of techniques to make students better, more effective photographers.

C234 3 Units

Techniques for crafting publishable articles on travel writing, a genre that is featured both in magazines and in every major U.S. newspaper. Directed Study only.

C261 3 Units

Students are introduced to the basics of professional journalism to gain an understanding of how a publication works; develop instincts as an interviewer, reporter, and writer; and understand the various genres associated with journalistic writing. Students will also learn to develop editing skills by using the Associated Press Stylebook and write on deadline
to prepare for writing for the campus publication and beyond.

C304 3 Units

An advanced course in photographic techniques using professional lighting and studio tricks. Students will learn how to manipulate light and shadow to create contrast, form, and interest in portraits, product shots, and landscape photography. Prerequisite: C201 or instructor approval.

C308 3 Units

This course will focus on determining and establishing identity, branding, media presence, marketing, professional development, ethics, pricing, networking, collaborations, finances, boundaries, and growth plans for creative entrepreneurs.

C320 3 Units

By writing for the TMU student publication, students will learn the techniques and methods of mass communication. Laboratory experience in constructing one or more of the news forms of the student publication: news reporting, feature
writing, editorials, photojournalism, design, etc. Journalism emphasis majors are required to actively serve on The Mane staff by registering for Newspaper Workshop for a minimum of 3 semesters. May be repeated for up to a combined total of 12 units. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: C261.

C331 3 Units

This course will examine the entrepreneurial power shift in the world of business and what it means for media practitioners, entrepreneurs, and technologists. The disruptive nature of the Internet, open source technologies, and lower barriers-to-entry have prompted a shift in the power from large media companies toward smaller organizations
and individuals.

C338 3 Units

An introduction to the arena of multimedia journalism. Students will learn the process of combining text, images, sound, videos, and graphics to tell an engaging story on an online platform. Students will produce finished pieces to be viewed and critiqued by peers and the instructor. Prerequisite: C261 or C311.

C341 3 Units

This course explores the method and artistry of the literary feature. Students will examine the form with an eye toward technique and delivery (finding and framing the story, structure, tone, point of view, writing style, etc.). Students will write several features for possible publication. Prerequisite: C261.

C352 3 Units

Grammar basics and sentence structure are reinforced. However, the bulk of the course covers the real-world issues writers encounter in college and beyond. Issues such as word choice, antecedents, plurals, possessives, punctuation, clarity, conciseness, and self-editing. Chicago, MLA, and Associated Press style formats will be explored. Reading and coursework are also geared for those looking at editing as a career or see it as an important aspect of a chosen job field. Additional topics covered include “editing well means writing well,” the editor-writer relationship, and using style guides. Students learn by dissecting weekly news articles, editing articles for the campus newspaper, and self- and peer-editing various writing assignments.

C368 3 Units

Basic principles of copywriting for print and broadcast media. Surveys newspapers, magazines, billboards, brochures, direct mail, radio, and television.

C372 3 Units

Students will explore the genre of science fiction short stories—how to read them critically and how to write them effectively. The course will cover the nuances and history of the different forms and motifs of science fiction to help students develop their writing skills across each of those forms and motifs. Prerequisite: C351.

C373 3 Units

This class introduces the students to the concepts of Desktop Publishing. Topics covered will include color theory, page layout, composition, print requirements, and other production-related techniques. The applications used in this class are Adobe™ Photoshop™ for image editing, Adobe™ Illustrator™ for logo design, and Adobe™ InDesign™ for page layout and composition.

C378 3 Units

Students will practice the craft of writing in the genre of fantasy fiction, with special emphasis placed on the novel and novel series formats. The course will focus on traditional fiction writing components such as plot, character, tone, setting, narrative, point of view, scene building, etc. Additionally, students will engage in discussion and guided practice surrounding genre-specific elements such as world building, history creation, systems of myth and magic, etc.

C404 3 Units

This class builds upon the previous classroom experience from Graphic Design I and covers new concepts for infographics, advertising, electronic publications, production of books, graphic novels, magazines, and newspapers. Prerequisite: C373.

C430 3 Units

Students find placement in communication-related departments or firms (film studios, television stations, radio stations, newspapers, advertising companies, public relations firms, etc.). Fifteen hours per week for 3 units. A comprehensive final report completes coursework. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, B average or higher in communication courses, and
permission from an instructor.

C441 3 Units

An examination of the various poetry rhymes, meters, and additional tools of the poet. Various poetry patterns are explained and illustrated with the goal of helping students become published.

C448 3 Units

This course will analyze the rhetorical implications presented in popular, contemporary fantasy literature. Students will explore three main themes: (1) the renunciation of power and the results of humility and restraint, (2) the power of choices and their effects on character, and (3) the power of grace, love, and sacrifice.

C492 3 Units

Students build on the principles learned in C261 in order to dig into the craft of literary nonfiction narrative. Students learn and practice crafting different types of narrative journalism; understand the backbone of narrative; develop and refine interviewing, reporting and research skills; and continue to refine revision and editing skills. The course includes exposure to literary excellence in journalism as students learn the nuances of story shape, structure, and pacing. Prerequisite: C261.

C452 3 Units

Building off of the principles of C352, this course explores more deeply the nuances of various style guides (Chicago, MLA, Associated Press). Students will learn to edit on levels beyond mechanics and style. New areas of focus will include editing for corporate voice. PR themes will be explored. Prerequisite: C352.

C459 3 Units

Students learn the techniques of novel writing, including plot outlining, character development and arcing, conflict, complication, and resolution. Techniques of dialogue and narration will also be explored.

C482 3 Units

This course explores the history and impact of the graphic novel, both as a form of entertainment and social/cultural commentary. Additionally, the course will explore the process of creating a graphic novel and of visual storytelling. Students will participate in the creation of a graphic novel concept. Prerequisite: C351.

C492 3 Units

Students build on the principles learned in C261 in order to dig into the craft of literary nonfiction narrative. Students learn and practice crafting different types of narrative journalism; understand the backbone of narrative; develop and refine interviewing, reporting and research skills; and continue to refine revision and editing skills. The course includes exposure to literary excellence in journalism as students learn the nuances of story shape, structure, and pacing. Prerequisite: C261

CIS238 3 Units
Maximum of 1 of the following
E3333 3 Units

A study of selected works of Western playwrights from ancient to modern. Concurrently, this genre course explores the history, nature, and types of drama, especially the tragic and comic traditions, as well as the rise of new forms.

E3334 3 Units

A study of short fiction from masters of the short story genre. Explores the fictional elements, techniques, themes, and interpretation of representative works from classic and contemporary authors. Includes attention to the historical development of the genre.

E3336 3 Units
E3348 3 Units

This course addresses the concept of detective/mystery fiction. Because of the popularity of this genre and the increasing attention to serious scholarship, the study will work through the history of its development from the seminal work by Poe to contemporary authors in various historical and cultural settings. In addition to Poe, writers are selected from among Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Ellis Peters, P. D. James, and others of students’ choices. The course attempts to answer questions such as, “What is the
appeal of detective fiction?” and “What vision of human nature and society emerges from the detective genre?” Other issues involve questions about meaning, knowledge, law, justice, gender, society, and morality.

CAREER OUTCOMES
  • Publication
  • Screenwriter
  • Journalism
  • Film/TV Editor
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The Master’s University is committed to providing quality Christian education to believers around the world.

To be admitted as a graduate, degree-seeking student in the School of Online Education, you must meet the following requirements:*

  • Have a clear profession of faith in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. 
  • Be a high school graduate or have a GED certificate. 
  • Demonstrate college-level writing ability. 
  • Submit official transcripts from all other colleges and universities attended. 
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Total Number of Credit Hours
18
Months (Full time, not including GE Requirements)
$450
Per Credit (Major Courses)
22,950
Total Avg. Cost (Not Including GE Requirements)
CLASS TYPE
8-week, 100% Online
*Does not include financial aid