Program Overview

Genres

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The MFA program offers tracks in:

  • Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Playwriting
  • Screenwriting

Students entering the program must declare a primary genre of study.

Traditional Plan of Study

The low-residency MFA in Creative Writing can be completed in eleven courses over two years. This plan of study includes three summer residencies and four off-campus semesters, and typically looks like this:

First Year

Summer Residency I, held for ten days on the Minneapolis campus, and including a workshop in your declared genre, as well as readings and lectures. To earn credit for the residency, students must complete reading and writing assignments in the weeks before and after the residency.

Fall Semester I, including one Mentorship studio and one Creative and Critical Reading course. This work is conducted remotely, via computer, phone, and/or mail.

Spring Semester I, including one Mentorship studio and one Creative and Critical Reading course — this time in a genre outside your chosen area of specialization. This work is conducted remotely, via computer, phone, and/or mail.

Second Year

Summer Residency II, held for ten days on the Minneapolis campus, and including a workshop in your declared genre, as well as readings and lectures. To earn credit for the residency, students must complete reading and writing assignments in the weeks before and after the residency.

Fall Semester II, including one Mentorship studio and one Creative and Critical Reading course. During this term, students complete a craft paper, examining some aspect of writing. This work is conducted remotely, via computer, phone, and/or mail.

Spring Semester II, including one Mentorship studio and one Creative and Critical Reading course. During this term, students complete a craft paper, examining some aspect of writing. This work is conducted remotely, via computer, phone, and/or mail. During this term, students complete their thesis and prepare to deliver a craft talk and reading of their work at their final summer residency.

Third Year

Summer Residency III, held for ten days on the Minneapolis campus, and including a workshop in your declared genre, as well as readings and lectures. Graduating students give a public craft talk and a reading from their thesis. To earn credit for the residency, students must complete reading and writing assignments in the weeks before and after the residency.