Creative Writing

GEORGE POLK SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS

M.F.A. in Creative Writing


LIU's M.F.A. in Creative Writing prepares students to both be professional writers in the world and to be visionary literary citizens. Situated in the heart of Brooklyn, LIU’s MFA in Creative Writing is an innovative creative writing program centered on world literature, multi-genre education, and publishing. Our applied MFA prepares students for careers in creative writing, academia, translation, and publishing. During their two-year residential program, students have the opportunity to study poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and translation, and thus receive a robust multi-genre education. 

In our MFA’s publishing courses, students study directly with professionals at the heart of the publishing industry. During the course of their study, students learn about commercial, independent, and academic publishing with frequent guest literary agents, editors, and leaders from seminal national and international literary arts organizations. We also focus on the performative aspects of the writing industry including audiobooks, public performances and speaking, and adaptations. Students learn about the intersection between book publishing and popular and new media. Students also gain vital publishing industry experience through literary internships centered in New York City and through the practicum of editing LIU’s flagship literary journals.

The priority application deadline for LIU’s MFA in Creative Writing is February 15, 2021.

For more information about the MFA and other opportunities on publishing and translation, contact the Co-Director of the MFA in Creative Writing and Director of the George Polk School of Communications Robin Hemley at robin.hemley@liu.edu


Course of Study (36 credits)

MFA IN CREATIVE WRITING (36 credits)

PROCESS & TECHNIQUES COURSES

Required: All three of the following.

  • WRIT 502 Writers on Writing (3 credits)
  • WRIT 503 Theory of Writing (3 credits)
  • WRIT 504 Traditions & Lineages (3 credits)

WRITING WORKSHOPS

Required: 12 credits from the following.

  • WRIT 520 Nonfiction Writing Workshop (3 credits / may be taken only once)
  • WRIT 523 Fiction Writing Workshop (3 credits / may be taken three times)
  • WRIT 524 Poetry Writing Workshop (3 credits / may be taken three times)
  • WRIT 525 Play Writing Workshop (3 credits / may be taken three times)
  • WRIT 526 Writing for Media I: The Story (3 credits / may be taken only once)
  • WRIT 528 Seminar in Creative Writing (3 credits / may be taken three times)
  • WRIT 529 Topics in Creative Writing (3 credits / may be taken three times)

LITERATURE COURSES

  • Required: Three Literature courses (3 credits each).

ENGLISH ELECTIVE WITH RESEARCH COMPONENT

  • Required: One English elective (3 credits), chosen in consultation with Graduate Advisor and MFA Director.

THESIS

  • Required: English 708 Thesis (3 credits).

POSSIBLE ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the course requirements listed above, Teaching Assistants are required to take English 646 Individual & Small Group Writing Instruction. Teaching Fellows are required to take English 700 Practicum in the Teaching of Writing.

Internships and Volunteering

Students in the MFA Program have the opportunity to intern or volunteer at a variety of cultural organizations and events, such as the PEN World Voices Festival, the National Book Foundation, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and others. Contact Jessica Hagedorn for further information.

Students also have the opportunity to work in a variety of volunteer positions at the Poetry Project. Contact Lewis Warsh for more information.