Graduate Admissions

Creative Writing - Poetry MFA

Application Deadline: January 15, 2014

40 Credit Hours

Poetry, MFA

Columbia College Chicago’s Poetry, MFA program is a unique two-year program in which students explore a variety of poetic styles and improve both their imaginative and critical writing abilities alongside dedicated peers and engaged poet-professors. Their classroom work is complemented by professional practice through internships, work on publications, and the opportunity to teach undergraduate students through the Graduate Student Instructor program.  The Poetry, MFA program culminates in a book-length manuscript of publishable quality.

students explore a variety of poetic styles and improve both their imaginative and critical writing abilities

Graduate Student Instructor Program

Qualified Poetry, MFA candidates are offered the unique opportunity at Columbia College Chicago through the Graduate Student Instrucutor program to gain hands-on teaching experience while still earning their degrees.  Students who elect to pursue teaching undergo an intense Composition Theory and Praxis course during their first semester of study, which provides them with the pedagogical knowledge and materials to teach writing to first-year college students.  Upon successful completion of the Composition Theory and Praxis course, students are offered their own Writing and Rhetoric I or II course, in which they gain professional experience while being financially compensated.  Most students leave the program with teaching experience and an individually crafted teaching portfolio.

gain hands-on teaching experience while still earning their degrees

Publishing Opportunities and Immersion in a Community

The Poetry, MFA curriculum is structured around workshops, craft seminars, and literature classes.  Students are exposed to various poetic topics and theories, while thinking critically about and developing their own writing.  In addition to core coursework, students can take classes on magazine editing and production, and join the staff of the department’s award-winning national publications: Columbia Poetry Review, Court Green, and Hotel Amerika.  Columbia College Chicago also hosts a monthly reading series in which students gain experience reading their own work in front of an audience.  Additionally, students are benefited by the programs location, Chicago, which boasts one of the most active poetry communities in the country.

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