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Note: For information on this program after Fall 2020, please see the Creative Writing MFA.
This Master of Fine Arts program is a studio/academic program in which students’ own writing and craft (in workshops and craft seminars) is enriched by the study of literature and the form and theory of fiction. The Fiction MFA emphasizes a small, intimate graduate experience that encompasses a wide breadth of literary traditions. The program fosters close working relationships with our accomplished, award-winning faculty and a supportive environment in which to grow as a fiction writer.
In an environment supportive of aesthetic and pedagogical diversity, and as a result of successfully completing program requirements, students should be able to:
demonstrate a broad awareness of the genre and the history of the narrative over time;
demonstrate a broad awareness of the genre in the present cultural landscape; and
complete a substantial manuscript (the MFA thesis): a novel, short stories, novellas, hybrid text, or combination of forms.