Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

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Our MFA program, established in 1978, is a two-year, full residency, studio-based program offering fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We offer a wide range of fully funded positions in teaching, editing, and arts administration! EWU MFA candidates can gain experience in book and magazine publishing, festival promotion, and teaching both composition and creative writing.

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Curriculum and Requirements

Creative Writing, Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Greg Spatz, Program Director
260 RPT
509.828-1310

The Master of Fine Arts Program is an intensive, two-year, pre-professional course of study with an emphasis on the practice of literature as a fine art. The program includes coursework in the study of literature from the vantage point of its composition and history, but the student’s principal work is done in advanced workshops and in the writing of a book-length thesis of publishable quality in fiction, literary nonfiction or poetry. The MFA is a terminal degree program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test and submit the following documents with the application form: a writing sample consisting of 10–20 pages of poetry and/or 15–25 pages of prose, an 800-word letter stating the applicant’s reasons for pursuing the MFA and two letters of reference.

Applicants for teaching assistantships must write an additional letter in which they describe their interest in and prior experience with teaching. Applications for Teaching assistantships must be submitted by February 15. Teaching assistantships are awarded in March for the following year. No applicant can be considered for a teaching assistantship until all documentation (completed application, gre scores, writing sample, letters of recommendation and other written materials) has been received.

Note: in order for the department to receive the GRE scores by mid-February, applicants must take the GRE no later than the previous December.

Completion Requirements

  1. Students should spend six quarters in residence.
  2. A student should concentrate in one of the following areas: Poetry, Fiction, Literary Nonfiction. Students, however, are expected to take coursework in areas other than the one in which they concentrate.
  3. In consultation with a thesis advisor, each student will compile a list of fifteen books to augment the reading done in coursework. A portion of the oral examination, held near the end of each student’s term of study, will be devoted to questions about this list and works covered in required form and theory literature courses.
  4. Each student must submit a literary thesis of substantial length and publishable quality. The thesis will be reviewed in the oral examination.
Required Courses
CRWR 517GRADUATE WRITING WORKSHOP: FICTION, POETRY, LITERARY NONFICTION, DRAMA, SCRIPTWRITING OR TRANSLATION (Note: this course may be repeated for credit; students should take one workshop from outside the major area. )20
Literary Form and Theory Courses
Choose one Literature course from outside the major area5
Choose one series–in student’s major area of study 15
Fiction
FICTION I-THE NOVEL
FICTION II-THE SHORT FORM
FICTION III-THE CONTEMPORARIES
Non-Fiction
LITERARY NONFICTION I–ANCIENT ROOTS THROUGH THE 19TH CENTURY
LITERARY NONFICTION II–20TH CENTURY AND BEYOND
LITERARY NONFICTION III–SELECTED TOPICS
Poetry
POETRY I-BACKGROUND AND THEORY
POETRY II-THE MODERNS AND MODERNISM
POETRY III-CONTEMPORARY WORLD POETRY AND POETICS
Thesis
CRWR 600THESIS15
Electives in creative writing, literature and/or a secondary emphasis 17
Note: variations are possible following consultation with student’s program advisor.
Total Credits72

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