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Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Florida International University’s 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 also intended as the terminal degree for those intending to teach creative writing. Housed at FIU's 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 themselves highly successful working writers: Lynne Barrett, Debra Dean, John Dufresne, Denise Duhamel, Campbell McGrath, Les Standiford and Julie Wade. 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 such topics as Plot, Character and Poetics. The program places great emphasis upon preparation and completion of a publishable book-length creative thesis.

The deadline to apply for admission to the Fall 2020 semester (there are no Spring admissions) is TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2020.

Beyond the Classroom

In addition to studying with talented and inspiring faculty, students can gain hands-on experience in publishing and editing via the program's literary journal, Gulf Stream Magazine, and The Florida Book Review, which also provides students the opportunity to write and publish book reviews. Students can interact with prominent authors at the annual Lawrence Sanders Award in Fiction and the ongoing Writers on the Bay Reading Series, which hosts visiting writers from around the country. Creative Writing M.F.A. students are eligible to submit their fiction, poetry and nonfiction to FIU's Annual Student Literary Awards.

Student have access to the rich and vibrant multicultural of South Florida, with its diverse array of cultural offerings including Miami Book Fair; O, Miami Poetry Festival; Palm Beach Poetry Festival; Reading Queer; Orange Island Arts Foundation; Honest Liars' Club at Luna Star Café; and Lip Service: True Stories Out Loud. The Creative Writing program's longstanding partnerships with The Betsy Hotel and Books & Books, as well as frequent co-hosting of reading events and workshops, provide valuable opportunities for students to experience the behind-the-scenes logistics required to present various types of literary events, including author readings and book signings, writing residencies, and hosting visiting authors.

Inagural Poet (and M.F.A. graduate) Richard Blanco

Career Outlook

Graduates of FIU's M.F.A. program in Creative Writing have gone on to successful careers as authors, professors, teachers, editors, and arts administrators. Program graduates have published more than 200 books (and counting) including several bestsellers, had their writing published in dozens of literary and popular journals, produced major literary conferences and festivals, received prestigious literary awards and residencies, and had their work adapted into award-winning films.

(Pictured left: Inaugural Poet and FIU MFA alumnus, Richard Blanco)


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Wednesday, July 03, 2019

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