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Graduate Program Creative Writing - Fiction

Graduate Program Creative Writing - Fiction

Fiction Writing Program Course Catalog*
*Graduate courses are those in the 5000s and 6000s.

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing—Fiction

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing—Fiction program is designed to help you develop your fiction writing ability. You are expected to produce quality work throughout your course of study and to have completed a publishable book-length manuscript upon graduation. In addition to Story Workshop® fiction and prose forms classes, the program offers a wide range of elective writing courses, including courses in Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Freelance Applications of Fiction Writing Training, Story and Script, Playwriting, and Critical Reading and Writing classes that offer unique approaches to the study of the reading and writing processes of famous writers.

Candidates for the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing—Fiction must complete 45 units of study, including 21-24 semester hours of writing courses (a six-hour emphasis may be elected in screenwriting, playwriting, or practice teaching), 9-12 semester hours of electives in Critical Reading and Writing courses, 3 semester hours of a graduate thesis development course, or equivalent, and 6 semester hours of graduate thesis (200 + pages).