The MFA in creative writing is a three-year residency program offering tracks in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Students in the program are members of a literary community that includes a student-organized program of readings, potluck dinners with faculty, three journals, a student-run publisher—Stillhouse Press—and the annual Fall for the Book literary festival. Resident faculty members include recipients of prestigious writing awards such as the Guggenheim Foundation, the Yale Series of Younger Poets, the Lannan Foundation, the Whiting Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For information specific to the MFA in creative writing, see Application Requirements and Deadlines on the departmental website. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.
Creative Writing M.F.A.
The Creative Writing Program | Department of English
The best thing about graduate study in the arts is that it offers a student a place in a community of likeminded artists. If your answer to this question is I love to write and I want the time and the instruction to help me become a better writer , then grad school might be good for you. On the other hand, if you answer is Because I want to be a college professor , then you need to know that the odds of a degree in creative writing leading to full-time employment as a permanent faculty member are very, very slim. If you want a graduate degree that will guarantee a job in academia, do not get a creative writing degree. If you want a degree that will help you make money, do not get a creative writing degree. If you want to write, to be a part of a community of artists for a few years, and, sure, to earn the minimum qualification for employment as a college professor, then a creative writing degree might be a good way for you to spend two to six years. My advice is never to pay for a graduate degree in the arts or humanities, and never to go into debt of any amount to pay for a graduate degree in the arts or humanities.
With three concentrations to choose from fiction, poetry, nonfiction , the BFA is structured to give students ample opportunity to learn to write and think creatively while also developing the vocational writing skills that are desperately needed in the workplace. All students pursuing a BFA are strongly advised to complete on-site workplace internships in writing-intensive environments, and finish the degree with a submission of a portfolio of work as part of a final-semester capstone course, with final approval from the faculty. Acceptance into the program is competitive. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the BFA program.