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Creative Writing

Located in a thriving metropolis of polyglot communities, the University of Miami’s Creative Writing Program features a broad multilingual focus and offers writers a singular opportunity to hone their craft in a vibrant, multicultural city unlike any other. Enrollments in our courses are kept deliberately small to maximize student-teacher interaction, and faculty at UM are supportive of the linguistic and cultural differences that writers bring to their art.

To learn more about the University of Miami MFA in Creative Writing program, email: [email protected]

Florida International University

The program is a 48 credit studio/academic curriculum leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree. It includes a minimum 18 credits of writing workshop, 15 credits of literature, 3 credits of form and theory, and 6 credits of thesis. There is no language requirement. Graduate workshops include short fiction, the novel, screenwriting, creative nonfiction, memoir, and poetry. The program places great emphasis upon the preparation and completion of a book-length creative thesis. Applicants must have 1) a baccalaureate degree, 2) a 3.0 GPA, or a 1000 combined score on the GRE, and 3) a minimum of 9 credits of undergraduate work in creative writing. Admission is based primarily on the strength of the applicant’s submitted writing sample.

The program was founded in 1990 and the 1994 Yearbook of the Dictionary of Literary Biography listed FIU’s MFA program as among the top ten in the U.S (“Who Runs American Literature,” George Garrett). Since that time the accomplishments of its widely published faculty and alumni have grown significantly. Awards to faculty include a Macarthur “Genius” grant, New York Times best-selling listings, and New York Times Notable Book of the Year and “Editors’ Choice” awards. Alumni have published more than 180 books and have been named on multiple occasions to New York Times best-seller lists, garnering such accolades as the Iowa Short Fiction Award, The Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, The AWP Donald Hall Poetry Prize, the Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, Presidential Inaugural Poet, and nomination as a Pen Hemingway Award finalist.

The program has the simple operating philosophy of helping talented writers across all genres reach their intended audiences

The 1996 U.S. News and World Report named Florida International University, founded in 1965, one of America’s top 150 Universities and similar designations have followed over the years. FIU, with some 43,000 students, is the State University of Florida at Miami. The Creative Writing Program is housed at the Biscayne Bay Campus, directly on Biscayne Bay, where on-campus housing is available. A wide range of rental housing is found in nearby Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, and in the nearby Broward County communities of Dania Beach and Hollywood. Study at FIU is a rich multi-ethnic, multicultural experience. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale is a dynamic community of more than 3 million with a distinctive Latin American and Caribbean flavor in its many dance, theatre, art, and music institutions. Writers enjoy the opportunity for editorial experience on Gulf Stream magazine and The Florida Book Review, the annual FIU Literary Awards Competition, as well as participation in the Miami Book Fair International, the O, Miami Poetry Festival, and the Writers on the Bay Series, which has included residencies by such writers as Pat Conroy, Madeliene Blais, Scott Turow, Rita Dove, Louis Simpson, John Wideman, Elmore Leonard, Derek Walcott, Luisa Valenzuela, Tony Hillerman, Robert Pinsky, and Gay Talese.

Each year the program names the winner of the Lawrence A. Sanders Award for Fiction, given to a writer whose work exhibits literary merit and popular appeal. Recipients have included Isabel Allende, Amy Tan, Tim O’Brien, and Dennis Lehane. The award includes a $5,000 prize and a statuette executed by Ignacio Casteneda, fifth generation sculptor from Mexico City.

Contact Information

3000 NE 151 Street
AC1-335, English/Creative Writing Program
North Miami
Florida, United States
33181
Phone: (305) 919-5965
Email: [email protected]
http://english.fiu.edu/creative-writing/

Bachelor of Arts in English/Literature +

Undergraduate Program Director

Michael Creeden
Teaching Professor; Associate Chair, Department of English
3000 NE 151 Street
AC1-335, English/Creative Writing Program
North Miami
Florida, United States
33181
Email: [email protected]

nEnglish majors at FIU may choose from 3 areas of emphasis: Creative Writing, Literature, or Language and Linguistics. A student pursuing the creative writing track takes a minimum of 30 s/hrs of junior-senior level coursework in the Department, including 12 s/hrs of designated Literature courses and at least 12 s/hrs of Creative Writing coursework.

Largest Class Size: 22
Smallest Class Size: 15
Genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting

Minor / Concentration in Creative Writing +

Undergraduate Program Director

Michael Creeden
Teaching Professor; Associate Chair, Department of English
3000 NE 151 Street
AC1-335, English/Creative Writing Program
North Miami
Florida, United States
33181
Email: [email protected]

All English majors take a common core of 12 credits and then specialize in one of four tracks. In each track, students choose upper division electives within the department and in consultation with their advisor. The Creative Writing track helps students learn the craft of writing imaginatively by working with some of the top creative writing faculty in the country. Students study theory along with the best professional works in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction and develop their own voices in these genres through hands-on guidance and workshop feedback.

Type of Program: Studio
Largest Class Size: 22
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Popular/Genre Fiction
Duration of Study: 4 years
Unit of Measure: Credits

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing MFA +

Graduate Program Director

Les Standiford
Founding Director
3000 NE 151 Street
AC1-335
North Miami
Florida, United States
33181
Email: [email protected]
URL: http://english.fiu.edu/creative-writing/

The program is a 48 credit studio/academic curriculum leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree. It includes a minimum 18 credits of writing workshop, 15 credits of literature, 3 credits of form and theory, and 6 credits of thesis. There is no language requirement. Graduate workshops include short fiction, the novel, popular fiction, screenwriting, creative nonfiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. The program places great emphasis upon the preparation and completion of a book-length creative thesis. Applicants must have 1) a baccalaureate degree, 2) a 3.0 GPA, or a 1000 combined score on the GRE, and 3) a minimum of 9 credits of undergraduate work in creative writing. Admission is based primarily on the strength of the applicant’s submitted writing sample.

The program was founded in 1990 and the 1994 Yearbook of the Dictionary of Literary Biography listed FIU’s MFA program as among the top ten in the U.S (“Who Runs American Literature,” George Garrett). Since that time the accomplishments of its widely published faculty and alumni have grown significantly. Awards to faculty include a Macarthur “Genius” grant, New York Times best-selling listings, and New York Times Notable Book of the Year and “Editors’ Choice” awards. Alumni have published more than 180 books and have been named on multiple occasions to New York Times best-seller lists, garnering such accolades as the Iowa Short Fiction Award, The Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, The AWP Donald Hall Poetry Prize, the Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, Presidential Inaugural Poet, and nomination as a Pen Hemingway Award finalist.

The program has the simple operating philosophy of helping talented writers across all genres reach their intended audiences

The 1996 U.S. News and World Report named Florida International University, founded in 1965, one of America’s top 150 Universities and similar designations have followed over the years. FIU, with some 43,000 students, is the State University of Florida at Miami. The Creative Writing Program is housed at the Biscayne Bay Campus, directly on Biscayne Bay, where on-campus housing is available. A wide range of rental housing is found in nearby Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, and in the nearby Broward County communities of Dania Beach and Hollywood. Study at FIU is a rich multi-ethnic, multicultural experience. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale is a dynamic community of more than 3 million with a distinctive Latin American and Caribbean flavor in its many dance, theatre, art, and music institutions. Writers enjoy the opportunity for editorial experience on Gulf Stream magazine and The Florida Book Review, the annual FIU Literary Awards Competition, as well as participation in the Miami Book Fair International, the O, Miami Poetry Festival, and the Writers on the Bay Series, which has included residencies by such writers as Pat Conroy, Madeliene Blais, Scott Turow, Rita Dove, Louis Simpson, John Wideman, Elmore Leonard, Derek Walcott, Luisa Valenzuela, Tony Hillerman, Robert Pinsky, and Gay Talese.

Each year the program names the winner of the Lawrence A. Sanders Award for Fiction, given to a writer whose work exhibits literary merit and popular appeal. Recipients have included Isabel Allende, Amy Tan, Tim O’Brien, and Dennis Lehane. The award includes a $5,000 prize and a statuette executed by Ignacio Casteneda, fifth generation sculptor from Mexico City.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 12
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Screenwriting, Popular/Genre Fiction
Duration of Study: 3 years
Unit of Measure: Credits
Criticism and Theory: 3
Workshop: 18
Literature: 15
Thesis: 6
Total Units for Degree: 48
Other Requirements: A book-length creative work of fiction, nonfiction, screenplay, or poetry developed in consultation with the student’s thesis advisor and deemed publishable by the candidate’s thesis committee.
Application Deadline Fall: 01/11/2022
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, GRE, Cover Letter, Other

Creative Writing

The creative writing major at Miami is a thriving program, one of the largest in the United States, with an increasingly global curriculum and outlook. With eight full-time creative writing faculty, more than 150 undergraduate majors, and a new minor (as well as 20-25 graduate students), there’s a creative writing buzz at Miami.

See the Creative Writing Curriculum page for a complete list of required and elective courses for the major.

CW Contact

Margaret Luongo, Director of Creative Writing
[email protected]

Program Highlights

  • Fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and screenwriting workshops led by award-winning, actively publishing faculty writers.
  • Literature courses offer global perspectives, understanding of literary and historical traditions, and models for literary experiment.
  • Literary Marketplace and Issues in the Profession courses focus on the business side of the literary life.
  • New emphases in the program include translation, live performance, and writing for digital media.
  • A senior capstone in creative writing gives students the opportunity to hone ambitious writing projects.

Opportunities for Majors

  • Meet the many prominent and emergent authors who come to campus each year to visit classes and give readings and craft talks.
  • Study abroad in the popular Literary London program.
  • Take graduate-level coursework (by invitation only). A few top students per year participate in a weeklong graduate-level sprint course that brings a distinguished writer to campus.
  • Gain editorial experience staffing literary magazines such as Happy Captive Magazine, Inklings and Seque.

After Graduation

Miami creative writing majors have enjoyed considerable career success. A partial list of honors received by former students includes the Pulitzer Prize (one winner, one finalist), the National Medal of the Arts, the PEN/Robert Bingham Award for Fiction, the Asian American Literary Award, the Whiting Fellowship, and the national Poet Laureateship.

Many creative writing majors pursue MFAs or other advanced degrees at top programs including Iowa, Columbia, and Brown. Majors pursue successful careers in publishing, editing, advertising, law, medicine, and the business world. See Internship and Job Resources for Creative Writing (Career Services).

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Department of English

Committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and creative performance, our undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Composition and Rhetoric, Creative Writing, Linguistics, and Literature place this community at the center of liberal arts education at Miami.

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301 S. Patterson Ave.
Oxford, OH 45056
513-529-5221
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