CSU's CREATIVE WRITING MFA
POETRY, FICTION & NONFICTION
Three years, infinite possibilities
Poetry Reading, Feb. 13
Poetry/Fiction/Nonfiction Reading, April 2
Fiction/Nonfiction Reading, April 30
Recent visitors include: Dorothy Allison, Julie Carr, Ross Gay, Eduardo C. Corral, Jennifer Egan, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Pam Houston, Yusef Komunyakaa, Dinty W. Moore, Gregory Pardlo, Khadijah Queen, Susan Steinberg, Cheryl Strayed, Ira Sukrungruang, Mary Szybist, and Brian Turner.
The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is for students with advanced abilities in the writing of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Our three-year program offers a balance of intimate and intensive writing workshops with courses in literature, form and technique, and related electives both in and out of the English Department. Writers work closely with a distinguished faculty of publishing writers that includes winners of prestigious national awards and fellowships. Coursework culminates in a thesis—a collection of poetry, short stories, or essays; or a novel or memoir—and the completion of a comprehensive portfolio. A dual-genre thesis option is available to students with exceptional promise in a second genre of writing.
Applicants should familiarize themselves with the program and the department, including course offerings and degree requirements. A complete application includes a one-page statement of purpose; a writing sample (12-20 pages of poems; two short stories or a chapter or two of a novel; two short essays or a chapter or two of a memoir); three letters of reference; and transcripts. Those applying for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship must also complete a separate GTA application.
The application deadline is January 1.
The MFA Program at CSU is a WICHE Western Regional Graduate Program. Residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming are eligible for in-state tuition.
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MFA Program Information
- Completion of forty-eight (48) semester credits
- Completion of the following courses:
- E640—Graduate Writing Workshop: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, or Poetry (12 credits)
- E513—Form & Technique in Modern Literature: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, or Poetry (3 credits)
- One pre-20th Century literature course at the 500-level or above (3 credits)
- One course (300-level or above) outside the English Department (waived if your undergraduate degree is not in English or Creative Writing—3 credits)
- E699—Thesis (12 credits)
- Completion of portfolio
- Additional requirements for dual-genre thesis option
- For more details, consult the Guide to CSU’s MFA Program.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) are available on a competitive basis, as are the positions of Assistant to the Director of Creative Writing and Assistant to the Director of the Creative Writing Reading Series. A required orientation and pedagogy seminar provide extensive training in teaching college-level English.
If you are applying for a GTA, please provide a written statement that speaks to your qualifications and enthusiasm for college teaching. Most GTAs will teach college composition. In your application, emphasize any formal or informal teaching experience, such as tutoring, writing center counseling, or even coaching or outdoor recreation. In addition, remind those who are writing your letters of reference to speak to your potential for college teaching.
Most MFA students, regardless of whether they hold a GTA, are given the opportunity to teach a (paid) section of Beginning Creative Writing during their third year in the program.
Other options for financial support are detailed in the Guide to CSU’s MFA Program.
We offer a variety of for-credit internships (some paid) in such areas as college teaching, public education, arts administration in literature, and literary editing – including the Center for Literary Publishing and the Colorado Review. A paid internship as editor of Greyrock Review, a literary magazine staffed by CSU undergraduates, is also available to a first-year student selected by the faculty.
Click here for Colorado Review internship information.