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 & Requirements

Creative Writing, Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Gregory Spatz, Program Director
260 SEWC
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.

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
SELECTED TOPICS IN CRAFT
Non-Fiction
LITERARY NONFICTION I–THE SHORT FORM
LITERARY NONFICTION II–THE LONG FORM
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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