Jun 14, 2024  
2019-2020 Graduate Bulletin 
2019-2020 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Creative Writing, M.F.A.

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The Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing is a 48-hour program that can be completed in 2-3 years or longer if students attend part time. Students take online classes, combined with two types of residency classes taught on campus or on a field trip.

Online classes include Graduate Writing Workshops in Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Playwriting, Translation, and Writing for New Media, as well as Literature and Form classes, Internships, etc. The program encourages students to develop a deep knowledge of at least one genre and to explore at least one other genre as well as cross-genre and mixed-genre forms.

Short Residency classes are 1-hour courses in experiential, hands-on subjects, structured like a short master class. They might involve theatre, cinema, music, history, food, the environment, etc., and may be scheduled to coincide with campus events, such as the Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium. Students are strongly encouraged to attend the first Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium residency as an orientation to the program, the campus, and Columbus. Other short residency classes will be scheduled in the spring and summer to allow students a more flexible schedule.

Full Residency classes are 2-hour courses that include intense mixed-genre workshop sessions combining experiential learning with face-to-face workshop time and seminars on the profession of creative writing, such as publishing, pedagogy, and performance. The Full Residency periods will also provide time for face-to-face mentoring with the students’ advisors and workshop leaders, and time for readings by visiting writers.


Residencies: 6 Semester Hours

Students are required to complete each type of residency twice.  Up to three additional hours of any type may be counted towards elective hours below.

Electives: 12 Semester Hours

May include any additional Literature, Forms, or Writing courses, up to 3 hours of Residency courses (Full Residency or Short Residency), Internships, or up to 6 hours in a related field with permission of the graduate director.

Thesis: 6 Semester Hours

Total Hours Required for a M.F.A in Creative Writing: 48 Hours

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