Our MFA program focuses on the actual practice of writing as well as its literary underpinnings. You are exposed to writing as an art form and as a professional pursuit. We know your goal is to publish, so our program is geared toward getting your work out in front of an audience. Students are admitted into the program in a particular genre: poetry, nonfiction, or fiction. We believe the MFA program is a chance for you to explore aspects of writing and literature that interest you.
Creative writing research has been a growing strand within the wider research culture of the English and Creative Writing since The PhD focused on Creative Writing presents particular challenges and opportunities because its core requirement is the creation of a book-length work of literature written specifically for the degree and perfected to a publishable standard. The two parts of the thesis are not separately conceived and realised — they must cohere and illuminate each other. The essence of the Creative Writing PhD is research through creative practice.
The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a three-year, intensive studio arts terminal degree with a strong international emphasis and requires the writing of a book-length creative thesis in either fiction, literary nonfiction, or poetry. The objectives of the MFA degree are to enable the student to master the craft of writing in the chosen genre to a publishable level; to train the student in traditional literary studies and in writing pedagogy; and to provide the student with some practical knowledge of literary translation and literary publishing. For more information about the M.
The MFA exam is taken during the penultimate semester of your coursework. If you plan to graduate in May, you'll take the exam in the preceding October 3rd weekend ; if you plan to graduate in December, you'll take the exam in the preceding March 3rd weekend. Typically, students pick up the exam on a Friday afternoon and have the entire weekend to complete it. The exam consists of three published reading selections in the student's primary genre and a writing prompt.