Johns Hopkins University M.A. in Writing Thesis Readings


Readings by Alex Bach, Eisenstein’s Monster (Excerpt), and Celeste Crenshaw, After the Dance (Excerpt). 

Master of Arts in Writing

“The Master of Arts in Writing Program at Johns Hopkins focuses on the individual goals of writers and editors and their aim of publication or editing at the highest levels possible. With a part-time format, craft-based courses, and a faculty of practicing writers and editors who excel at teaching, the program offers a nurturing, demanding home to build editing, creative writing, or professional writing skills in a range of subject areas or fields. Our students are challenged to become dedicated, contributing citizens in the community of letters.”

Alex Bach is a writer and musician currently living in the Chicagoland area. He holds a B.A. in English from Syracuse University and an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. Alex has work published or forthcoming in PennUnion and Gargoyle.  

Celeste Crenshaw is a fiction, scriptwriter, and Emmy-award winning television producer living and working in the Washington, D.C. area. She is also an award winning lyricist and songwriter, having garnered a 2005 Addy and 2006 Davey Award for theme songs and slogans composed for several marketing campaigns, and was a participant in the competitive 2005 George Mason University’s Heritage Non-fiction Writing Workshop in 2005. Other achievements include: the American University Women’s Media Award, and the 2001 CPB/PBS Producers’ Academy Fellowship (one of five chosen from a nationwide search). She has participated in numerous writing workshops including those held at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and Writer’s Boot Camp and The Writer’s Studio in New York City. Celeste Crenshaw completed her undergraduate work at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed her graduate work with a Masters in Fiction from Johns Hopkins University