Graduate Admissions

Creative Writing - Fiction MFA

Application Deadline: January 15, 2014

45 Credit Hours (MFA)

Fiction, MFA

Columbia College Chicago’s Fiction, MFA program guides writers in theory and practice while emphasizing the development of a student’s unique voice, story content, and writing process. Students graduate from the program with a thesis that often serves as a point of entry into a career in writing, teaching, or publishing.

guides writers in theory and practice while emphasizing the development of a student’s unique voice, story content, and writing process

A Focused Yet Diverse Curriculum

In addition to the core workshop classes, students have the freedom to choose from a large selection of specialty writing classes.  These include: young adult fiction, science fiction, historical fiction, creative nonfiction, and playwriting.  This exposure to a wide variety of forms, modes, and genres is reflected in the diversity of writing produced by Columbia’s MFA students.    

students have the freedom to choose from a large selection of specialty writing classes

Publication Opportunities

The Creative Writing Department publishes an annual fiction anthology, Hair Trigger, which is composed of student writing, and edited by students who work closely with faculty.  The magazine has garnered 26 major awards, and students appearing in its pages have won over 100 individual awards. The department also publishes F Magazine, a magazine devoted to novels-in-progress.  In addition to first-hand publishing experience, students are also given the opportunity to network with professional writers at conferences and festivals, as well as attend and partake in popular public readings.  These many opportunities produce well-rounded fiction students ready to enter the industry as a professional writer.

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