The core of the program is the writing workshop, which provides an opportunity for writers to work and learn with established writers on developing their own voice, material, and style.
The MFA Program offers a two-year course of study leading to the M.F.A. degree in the genres of creative nonfiction, fiction, or poetry.
Students in the MFA Program typically take five courses per year, spread out over the fall and spring semesters, with the option of one course during January Term. Four writing workshops (which include, each semester, a tutorial focus in the genre) are required for graduation. The writing workshop is composed of first- and second-year students in the genre and is the focus of their writing work. MFA students also take Foundations of Contemporary Literature, one contemporary literature course in their genre, at least two craft seminars, and at least two electives. During the spring of the second year, MFA students finish a book-length thesis under the guidance of their thesis director and a second faculty reader.
- Foundations of Contemporary Literature
- 4 Writing Workshops (including tutorial focus in the genre)
- Contemporary Nonfiction/ or Fiction/ or Poetry
- 2 Craft Seminars in Creative Nonfiction/ or Fiction/ or Poetry
- 2 Electives