Graduate students will master advanced techniques in their craft, and they will exhibit an increased knowledge of the body of literature that primarily informs their own aesthetics.
Students in the MFA Program will graduate with improved competency in their writing, particularly in their chosen genre (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry). In addition, they will receive a sophisticated introduction to information technology as well as the professional aspects of the writing life.
Students will be able to:
- engage at a professional level in the writing of their chosen genre (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry).
- articulate the correspondences between their own writing and the corpus of literature and thought which primarily informs their aesthetics.
- use information technology with a high level of sophistication, either for the purpose of academic research or for the purpose of primary research that may inform a given piece of writing.
- work effectively as professional writers: publish work in literary journals and magazines; solicit and procure literary agents; solicit and procure publishers for manuscripts or book projects; give public readings; apply for and receive funding for literary projects; exhibit a preparedness for finding employment in various professional fields, such as education, journalism, public relations, publishing, and technical writing.