Creative Writing, M.F.A.
The M.F.A. in Creative Writing, one of the oldest and most prestigious programs of its kind in the nation, is offered to a limited number of students with superior ability in writing original works of poetry or fiction. The program requires 36-48 credit hours and permits students to develop particular talents in small classes and in conferences with writers in residence and distinguished visiting writers. The best student work may be published in The Greensboro Review. The most talented students are considered for fellowships as well as research and teaching assistantships. The M.F.A. is a residency program for full-time students.
For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.
In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, applicants must submit a writing sample by January 1 to be considered for Fall admission.
Degree Program Requirements
Required: 36-48 credit hours
|Required Core Courses|
|ENG 625||MFA Fiction Workshop||3|
|ENG 626||MFA Fiction Workshop||3|
|ENG 627||MFA Poetry Workshop||3|
|ENG 628||MFA Poetry Workshop||3|
|ENG 671||Graduate Tutorial in Writing: Fiction||3|
|ENG 672||Graduate Tutorial in Writing: Fiction||3|
|ENG 673||Graduate Tutorial in Writing: Poetry||3|
|ENG 674||Graduate Tutorial in Writing: Poetry||3|
|ENG 677||Special Problems in Writing||3|
|ENG 678||Special Problems in Writing||3|
|Elective Academic Courses|
|Select a minimum of four courses in a related academic field, usually in English or American literature, at the 500, 600, or 700 level.||12|
|Comprehensive Examination (Capstone Experience)|
|Please consult with the Director of the MFA Writing Program about dates for this examination.|
|ENG 699||Thesis (May be a novel, a collection of short stories, or a volume of poetry)||6|
|Total Credit Hours||48|
Elective Academic Courses
Students may, with permission of the Director of the MFA Writing Program, take 500-and 600-level courses offered by other departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, most often in the departments of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Media Studies, and Art.
Students who plan a career in college teaching should take as many courses as possible in literature, criticism, and composition and rhetoric, including ENG 680 Teaching Internships in English.
Students who plan careers in publishing and editing should select courses focusing on contemporary publishing:
|ENG 535||Entrepreneurship and Independent Press Publishing||3|
|ENG 620||Contemporary Publishing||3|
|ENG 621||Seminar on Publishing||3|
|ENG 622||Internship in English||3|