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American University MFA Graduate Reading

With recent alumni such Sandra Beasley, Glen Finland, Valzhyna Mort and Carolyn Parkhurst, American University’s MFA program in creative writing continues to nurture writers as they make the transition towards being published authors.

Come hear the program’s 2012 graduates read from their latest projects as the close to American University’s commencement weekend.

This reading will be followed by a public reception with the writers and the American University creative writing faculty.

American University

American University offers the MFA degree in Creative Writing. Aside from regularly offered courses and workshops of a semester’s duration, the program offers a Visiting Writers Series with 8-10 events throughout the Academic Year.

In addition to the permanent faculty, the Literature Department is sometimes joined by one or two Distinguished Writers-in-Residence, who teach in the MFA program. Recent holders of the Residency have included Mary Kay Zurvaleff and Andrew Holleran.

Graduate writing students produce a literary magazine, Folio; newsletter, In Capital Letters; and a bi-annual alumni newsletter, The Messenger. They also have the opportunity to participate in various on and off-campus readings throughout the year. A limited number of fellowships and assistantships are available.

Contact Information

4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Creating Writing Battelle Tompkins R 237
Washington
District of Columbia, United States
20016-8047
Phone: 2028852930
Email: [email protected]
http://american.edu/cas/literature/mfa/

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing +

Graduate Program Director

Stephanie Grant
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Creative Writing Battelle Tompkins R 237
Washington
District of Columbia, United States
20016-8047
Email: [email protected]

American University offers the MFA degree in Creative Writing. Aside from regularly offered courses and workshops of a semester’s duration, the program offers a Visiting Writers Series with 8-10 events throughout the Academic Year.

In addition to the permanent faculty, the Literature Department is sometimes joined by one or two Distinguished Writers-in-Residence, who teach in the MFA program. Recent holders of the Residency have included Mary Kay Zurvaleff and Andrew Holleran.

Graduate writing students produce a literary magazine, Folio; newsletter, In Capital Letters; and a bi-annual alumni newsletter, The Messenger. They also have the opportunity to participate in various on and off-campus readings throughout the year. A limited number of fellowships and assistantships are available.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 15
Smallest Class Size: 15
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
Tuition 22000
Unit of Measure: Hours
Workshop: 12
Literature: 12
Thesis: 3
Total Units for Degree: 48
Other Requirements: Internship/Teaching Track: 6 semester hours; The Art of Literary Journalism; Seminar on Translation; Book-length Thesis
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, Other

Creative Writing

We invite you to join an international community of authors, publishers, artists, translators, and critics, as you bring your writing into dialogue with other forms of art and media. Our program encourages you to deepen the quality of your writing by exploring multiple genres and to appreciate the nuances of language and culture through literary translation. As you create connections between your academic study and your creative production, you will gain an extensive knowledge of literature in its historical and geographical contexts. This insight will come coupled with well-informed attention to linguistic and cultural diversity and close analysis of the details of literary production, which will prove crucial to improving your writing as well as your workshop discussion.

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