Courses of Study

Learn about Workshops, Craft Seminars and Contemporary Literature Courses

Writing Workshop

The core of the program is the writing workshop, which allows students to work with established writers to develop their own voice, material, and style.

Students 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. 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 thesis under the guidance of their thesis director and a second faculty reader. 
 

Degree Completion Requirements

The Program requires 42 units to graduate. Students may take up to 48 units during their two years in the Program.

  • Writing in the World, English 401 and 402

  • 4 Writing Workshops 

  • 4 Workshop Tutorials

  • Contemporary Nonfiction/ or Fiction/ or Poetry

  • 2 Craft Seminars in Creative Nonfiction/ or Fiction/ or Poetry

  • 2 Electives

  • Thesis
     

Typical Student Schedule

YEAR ONE:

Fall

  • Writing Workshop (5 units)
  • Workshop Tutorial (1 unit)
  • Writing in the World (1.5 units)
  • Craft Seminar (3 units) OR Contemporary Creative Nonfiction/Fiction/Poetry  (3 units)

January Term

  • Elective (optional, 3 units)

Spring

  • Writing Workshop  (5 units)
  • Workshop Tutorial  (1 unit)
  • Writing in the World (1.5 units)
  • Craft Seminar  (optional, 3 units)
  • Elective  (optional, 3 units)

YEAR TWO:

Fall

  • Writing Workshop  (5 units)
  • Workshop Tutorial  (1 unit)
  • Contemporary Creative Nonfiction/Fiction/Poetry  (3 units) OR
    Craft Seminar (3 units)
  • Elective (optional, 3 units)

January Term 

  • Elective (optional, 3 units)

Spring

  • Writing Workshop  (5 units)
  • Workshop Tutorial (1 unit)
  • Craft Seminar  (optional, 3 units)
  • Elective  (optional, 3 units)  
  • Thesis (0 units)