The master of fine arts in creative writing degree provides aspiring, practicing, and published writers with a terminal degree that allows them to teach and write at the college level. A cross-genre focus that offers workshops in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screenwriting and playwriting allows students to explore more than one creative writing path. Students have the opportunity to create a model for the life of a professional writer and/or instructor by participation in community and campus internships, teaching internships, writer’s conferences, open forum readings, and the Mount literary journal, the Dry River Review.
The MFA in Creative Writing is a 36-unit terminal degree program. Students will participate in a graduate creative writing workshop each semester and take additional academic courses for credit. Typically, the student will take two courses per semester.
The course of study leading to the degree is comprised of four major elements:
Requirements – 36 Units Total:
Completion of fifteen (15) units of Creative Writing Workshops. (15 units required)
CRW229 Children’s Literature (3)
CRW230 Fiction (3)
CRW231 Poetry (3)
CRW232 Writing for Screen
And Television (3)
CRW233 Creative Non-Fiction (3)
CRW234 Advanced Writing for
Screen and Television (3)
CRW246 Playwriting (3)
CRW248 Special Topics in
Creative Writing (3)
Completion of twelve (12) units of Humanities (HUM) Electives. (12 units required).
Students will take additional Humanities courses for credit, at least one each in English, History and Cultural studies. See Masters in Humanities course list for course offerings and descriptions.
Professional Development (3 units required).
CRW299A Approaches to
Teaching (2 units)
CRW299B Internship (1-6 units)
CRW299C Publishing Seminar (1 unit)
Thesis CRW 296A (1 unit) and Thesis CRW 296B (5 units)
Required for completion of the degree is submission of a publication-ready, 100-page manuscript in one genre – fiction, creative nonfiction, play, screen play or teleplay; or 50 pages of poetry – closely reviewed, edited and refined with the assistance of the student’s Thesis Committee. For more information on the Thesis proposal and approval process, contact the MFA in Creative Writing Program office.