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Learning Outcomes

Successful degree candidates in the MFA in Writing program learn to

  • Demonstrate facility with the craft of writing by producing an original body of work, the thesis, presented in a professional format.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with various current literary theories, literary research methods, and critical analysis by producing one or more critical essays or research papers, or both.
  • Participate in a writing community by providing constructive criticism to peers, soliciting criticism of their work, and selectively incorporating feedback in their own work.
  • Identify historical and contemporary influences on their work.
  • use practical experience acquired by teaching, coaching, tutoring, interning, editing, curating, etc., skills for successful employment after graduation.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with literary journals and book publishers including book arts print venues, innovative publishing, and digital platforms relevant to their work.
  • Perform all literary activities in an ethical and professional manner.