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If you go to a school where there are classes in writing, these classes should not be to teach you how to write, but to teach you the limits and possibilities of words and the respect due them.  One thing that is always with the writer—no matter how long he has written or how good he is—is the continuing process of learning how to write.

—Flannery O’Connor, Mystery and Manners


The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is designed for students who are enrolled full time so they can complete the degree requirements in two years. They will need a minimum of 39 credit hours with an average of ”B” or better, with 12 hours of coursework in the MFA core workshops in a primary genre emphasis (either fiction or poetry), a thesis (a volume of poems, short stories or a novel) and an oral defense. Students will select either a studio or an arts management emphasis.

Those choosing to pursue the studio emphasis will follow the traditional MFA model of workshops and literature courses, as well as electives in creative writing, to prepare them for a life in letters, a life borne out of our intense desire to understand and to create, and to share what it is we have found in what we have made. The studio emphasis will also provide training in the history and traditions associated with writing, theoretical and formal approaches to the craft, and intensive peer and faculty feedback.

Students in the arts management emphasis will, along with workshops, literature courses and the creative writing elective, take courses through the graduate program in arts management in management, organization, decision-making and problem-solving in the areas of fundraising, financial management, marketing/audience development, artistic and educational programming, policy, governance, and volunteer management, all as a mean to prepare for the fact that jobs for MFAs don't always have to be in the academy, but can oftentimes be found in the creative economy.