The two-and-a-half-year program begins each fall, with courses on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. On Tuesdays, workshops in each genre (fiction, poetry, and nonfiction) focus on student manuscripts in a peer set of supportive critique. On Thursdays, literature seminars focus on traditions, styles, craft elements and developments, and literary models.
Program of Study
All courses are taken within the MFA program, with classes of three units each, for a total of 33 units during a two-and-a-half-year course of study.
Because cross-fertilization enriches creativity, students are free to take courses outside their primary genre and sample a range of cross-genre literature seminars. Because the depth of understanding is crucial to successful writing, students also take seminars and workshops that focus exclusively on one genre — long fiction, short fiction, poetry, or nonfiction. Students’ work culminates in a creative thesis — a book-length manuscript that is conceived, composed and revised with extensive faculty mentoring. Students work one-on-one with a faculty mentor who provides extensive feedback on their work in a series of scheduled meetings. The thesis may be a novel, a collection of stories, a poetry collection, a collection of creative nonfiction, or a purposeful combination of these genres.
Requirements include four workshops, five elective seminars, and two semesters of one-on-one thesis work.
About the School
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