In the years to come, how will writers develop their talents, create new work and connect with an audience? Come to the Twin Cities and join a vibrant literary community where you’ll deepen and broaden your artistic sensibilities, discover a close-knit cadre of fellow writers, enjoy individual attention from an accomplished and forward-thinking faculty, and prepare yourself for the future of creative writing.
For Writers Who Work Full-Time or Live Outside of Minnesota
The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Augsburg is a two-year, low-residency program with the vision of preparing a small number of students for the future of creative writing. Low-residency programs accommodate writers who work full-time and those who live outside of Minnesota. The program features:
- An annual summer residency
- One-on-one work with mentors
- A student-to-mentor ratio of 5:1
- Engaging online classroom sessions
Begin your MFA experience with a 10-day summer residency in Minneapolis, joining daily workshops, readings, and mini-courses that focus on literary craft as well as career skills in teaching, editing, publishing, book arts, marketing, translation, adaptation, new media, and burgeoning technologies. The full degree program includes three summer residencies, all featuring visits by distinguished writers in each genre as well as editors, agents, publishers, and literary entrepreneurs. (Note: during the summer term, students complete readings and post writing to workshop sites before the on-campus residency. They complete residency journals after the residency has ended.)
Genres include Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Playwriting & Screenwriting – plus concentrations in teaching, translation, and publishing. Candidates enrolled in the publishing concentration will be the staff of a new publishing house that will select and publish one book each year. The book prize will be open to submissions nationally. Twenty-first century writers compose their work in an environment in which genre has permeable boundaries, and lines between genres are often erased. With this in mind, cross-genre work will be encouraged. Writers will demonstrate expertise in one genre by graduation, and they will also work in a genre other than their declared specialty, usually during the second off-campus term.
Now Reviewing Applications on a Rolling Basis
Complete applications will be reviewed as they are received, until the program reaches enrollment caps for each genre. New cohorts in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Playwriting & Screenwriting begin each July.