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M.F.A. in Creative Writing

M.F.A. in Creative WritingAn M.F.A. in Creative Writing is a terminal degree program designed to help meet the needs of students as they seek to become published writers and teachers. This program offers a solid foundation and practice through courses in literature, writing workshops and writing process and technique courses designed for the aspiring writer. In this vigorous and innovative program, students will have opportunities to work with a host of visiting writers and poets, as well as to participate in the vibrant writing and performing arts communities of both Brooklyn and Manhattan.

In the 39-credit MFA in Creative Writing, the focal point of the curriculum is the writing workshop. Students have opportunities to work in poetry, fiction, playwriting, creative non-fiction and on cross-genre projects. They explore a wide range of literary styles, from traditional narratives to the experimental, contemplative and avant-garde. In literature and theory classes, students look closely at the links between contemporary writing and literary traditions, writing and theory, and between writing, reading, music, and the visual arts. Students are encouraged to take artistic risks while moving in the context of multiple traditions. A small intimate program setting allows for easy access to, and strong mentoring by faculty members who are deeply committed to their students.

Graduates of the M.F.A. in Creative Writing will be prepared to seek publishing and performance venues for their work and thus participate more widely in the ongoing conversations that make up literary traditions and lineages. In addition to experimenting with varying styles and honing their skills as writers in varied imaginative genres, students will have the opportunity to tutor undergraduates and teach composition; skills that in combination with the M.F.A. degree, will serve them well in future writing and teaching jobs.

Please visit The Longest Island (the English Department's blog) for further information about the MFA and the other programs and activities of the Department.

Watch MFA in Creative Writing Faculty and Students Discuss the Program

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