MFA Tracks and Concentrations



The MFA program offers tracks in:

  • Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Playwriting
  • Screenwriting


Students may extend the MFA to complete  concentrations in teaching, translation or publishing.  With the consent of the program director, students may enroll in concentrations concurrently with the two-year MFA. Concentrations are also open to writers who have completed an MFA in Creative Writing or  equivalent work.


The Concentration in Translation is a one-semester experience in reading, translating, adapting, and creating work in the environment of a global community of writers. Working with a published literary translator, students focus on topics such as methods of reading literatures; methods of translation; textual, visual, genre-and-gender-specific approaches to translation and adaptation; impact of place on writers and their work; art and activism; narrative voice and culture; indigenous storytelling; marginality, canonical power and the 21st century writer; spoken and written words; and folklore and oral traditions. Prerequisite seminars in translation topics must be completed during summer residencies.

Teaching Practice and Theory

The Concentration in Teaching is a one-semester program combining practical and theoretical models of pedagogy to better prepare students who intend to teach. Students will work with accomplished writing faculty as they consider curriculum and syllabi development, the generation of student writing, the revision process, workshop techniques, questions of evaluation, and the use of new media technologies in the classroom. During the term, they will also gain teaching experience by completing an internship in the teaching of writing. Prerequisite seminars in teaching practice and theory must be completed during summer residencies.


The Concentration in Publishing is a 2- semester experience in book publishing. Students enrolled in the publishing terms work with faculty experienced in book publishing, serving as the editorial staff of Howling Bird Press. Howling Bird is a small press engaged in the annual publication of a work selected as the winner of the Augsburg Howling Bird Press Book Prize, a competition that awards publication, in alternating years, to one book of poetry or prose.  The  Book Prize is open to national submission.  The cadre of MFA publishing students complete a year of practical book publishing experience, from acquisition through editing, design, printing and distribution.