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Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is the terminal degree for the practicing writer, designed to qualify the recipient to teach creative writing at the collegiate and university level. Housed at the Biscayne Bay Campus, major writers such as Campbell McGrath, Lynne Barrett, John Dufresne, Denise Duhamel, Julie Wade, Debra Dean, and Les Standiford serve on the regular faculty. Graduate workshops include short fiction, the novel, narrative structure and revision, screenwriting, creative nonfiction, and poetry. The program places great emphasis upon preparation and completion of a book-length creative thesis.

Since its inception, the MFA program has invited distinguished writers to give readings and lectures as visiting writers and as a part of the Lawrence Sanders Awards. Award winners have included Richard Ford, Amy Tan, Michael Ondaatje, Tim O’Brien, Dennis Lehane, and others. Some distinguished visiting teachers have included Richard Blanco, Jim Hall, James Jones, and Maxine Kumin.

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Thesis Process & Forms

Opportunities and Experiences

Writers enjoy the opportunity for editorial experience with Gulf Stream Magazine, the annual FIU literary awards competition, the annual FIU Writers Workshop, the Miami Book Fair, and the Writers on the Bay Series, which has included residencies by such writers as Richard Ford, Robert Pinsky, Isabel Allende, Louis Simpson, John Wideman, Michael Ondaatje, Pat Conroy, Luisa Valenzuela, Scott Turow, and Amy Tan.

Career Outlook

  • Nonfiction Writer
  • Novelist
  • Poet
  • Creative Writing Instructor
  • Memoir Writer