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Writing Programs

Our writing programs teach you the forms, techniques, and traditions of various kinds of writing, from basic expository prose to more advanced forms of non-fiction, fiction, poetry, science writing, scientific and technical communication, and digital media.

Our faculty, lecturers, and instructors are novelists, essayists, poets, translators, biographers, historians, engineers, and scientists.


  • Graduate Program in Science Writing: For master’s students, CMS/W runs the world’s premier science writing graduate program.
  • Majors, Minor, and Concentration: For undergraduates, programs are arranged by three areas: creative writing, science writing, and digital media. We offer majors in those three areas, as well as a minor and concentration.
  • MIT OpenCourseWare: And for everyone — whether enrolled at MIT or not — you can access a huge digital collection of our writing courses through MIT OpenCourseWare.

CMS/W also houses key components of MIT’s broader writing-education mission: