2022-2023 Catalog 
    Sep 27, 2022  
2022-2023 Catalog

Writing, MFA

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The program is designed to instruct writers in creative techniques, to nurture their individual development and vision, and to help prepare them for entry into the public life of literature.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the fundamentals of literary composition and craft
  • Read as writers, applying a critical craft vocabulary as they analyze the ways in which literary meaning is developed in the works of published authors
  • Evaluate and analyze the techniques and intentions of developmental drafts, including their own, and to participate in constructive critical discussion of works in progress
  • Prepare for participation in the public life of literature, which may include locating their own work in the context of contemporary professional practice, acquiring skills for writing-related professions, and participating in diverse literary communities

Major Requirements (32 units)

All courses are 4 units.

Thesis (4-8 units)

Thesis I is an elective course strongly recommended for students whose thesis will be a book-length project. Thesis II is required for all students.


In Thesis I and Thesis II, students work one-on-one with a faculty mentor who provides extensive feedback on their work in a series of scheduled meetings.

The thesis may be a:

  • novel
  • memoir
  • poetry collection
  • story collection
  • essay collection
  • purposeful combination of these genres

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