The Writing Seminars offers a Master of Fine Arts in fiction and poetry. MFA candidates are chosen on the basis of a manuscript evaluation, college transcripts, GRE scores, a “statement of purpose,” and letters of recommendation that testify to an ability and willingness to undertake serious study in the literary arts. Because all students will receive financial aid in the form of full tuition and a teaching assistantship, applicants should be able to demonstrate aptitude for college teaching.
The MFA degree in The Writing Seminars is designed for students committed to the study and practice of literary writing at the highest level of accomplishment. Approximately four poets and four fiction writers are admitted annually. They will maintain continuous enrollment in workshops and “readings courses” that range across world literature. Our program emphasizes genre-informed discussions, faculty conferences, independent readings of various texts, and interactions with visiting writers. Work culminating in a thesis, guided by faculty, offers immersion in the discipline of writing that is intended to establish habits and skills necessary to lead the life of a writer.