About this course
The MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Translation is a 36 credit hour program that emphasizes literary craft and the integration of creative writing with literary studies. Course requirements include a class in literary theory and criticism, two craft/form classes, three literature electives and four writing workshops. Everyone must take one of the four workshops outside of their genre of focus.
Under the guidance of a faculty adviser, each student develops a thesis in the program’s final year: a collection of poetry or fiction, a novel, or a translation of a text. In addition, everyone will take an MFA exam in their final semester, based on an extensive reading list. We believe that the study of literature enriches and invigorates your own writing
A 500-word statement of interest in our program and a writing sample as follows:
- ten pages of poetry or
- twenty-five pages of prose or
- two one-act plays or
- one full-length play
If you are applying in literary translation, you will need to demonstrate an appropriate level of fluency in a language besides English and submit previously translated work (5-10 pages) as a writing sample. Our program is small and highly competitive.