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Florida international university mfa creative writing

Admissions

All application materials should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions via the online Graduate Application . Use the graduate admission checklist to get started.

  • GPA: 3.0 undergraduate
  • GRE: See below.
  • Applicant Statement / Letter of Intent: Required, please submit to [email protected]
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two letters required, please submit to [email protected]
  • Additional Requirements:
    • Nine semester hours of undergraduate work in creative writing from an accredited college/university
    • One writing sample in either poetry (up to 20 pages), fiction/non-fiction (up to 25 pages) or screenplay (first 30 pages plus a synopsis). This must be submitted directly to [email protected]

    For additional requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog.

    A limited number of tuition fee waivers, fellowships and teaching assistantships with a Fall/Spring semester stipend of approximately $9,500 are available. Notify the Program Director in your letter of intent if you are interested in being nominated for financial assistance — these positions will require various instructional and research activities. To be eligible to receive tuition remission, you must file a FASFA.

    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

    MFA in Creative Writing

    Our Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing provides the practicing writer the skills necessary to meet the professional standards and expectations of their chosen genre and is intended as the terminal degree for those intending to teach creative writing.

    Housed at the Biscayne Bay Campus and set amidst the tropical beauty, social diversity and cultural dynamism of Miami, the program offers small seminars, intense mentoring, and a dedicated faculty who are highly successful and award-winning working writers including Lynne Barrett, Richard Blanco, Debra Dean, John Dufresne, Denise Duhamel, Campbell McGrath, Les Standiford and Julie Wade.

    The deadline to apply for admission to the Fall 2022 semester (there are no Spring admissions) is Tuesday, January 11, 2022.

    Students are selected on the basis of demonstrated talent and the desire to join a hard-working, mutually supportive community of writers. Coursework includes workshops, literature offerings, and form and theory classes on Plot, Character and Poetics. The program places great emphasis upon preparation and completion of a publishable book-length creative thesis. Graduates of the program have gone on to successful careers as authors, professors, teachers, editors, and arts administrators. Program graduates have have published more than 175 books (and counting), including several bestsellers, received prestigious literary awards and residencies, and had their work adapted into award-winning films.