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    New York, NY 10011
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  • The Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing is awarded for the successful completion of 36 credits in one of the following concentrations: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Arts Writing, or Writing for Children and Young Adults. Popular graduate minors include Impact Entrepreneurship and Transmedia and Digital Storytelling. WriteOn NYC!, a New School–funded fellowship program, provides MFA students with high-quality teaching experience in area middle schools and high schools. Students may also enroll in campus-wide course electives on subjects such as teaching preparation, languages, and media practice.

    • Degree Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
    • Credits 36
    • Format Full-time, on campus
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start Term Fall

    The Creative Writing MFA curriculum consists of the following degree requirements:

    • Writing Workshops (12 credits)
    • Literature Seminars (12 credits)
    • Writer's Life Colloquium (4 credits)
    • Literature Project (4 credits)
    • Writing Thesis (4 credits)

    In the first three semesters, students take one writing workshop and one literature seminar. Workshops are always taken within the chosen concentration, but students can take a literature seminar in another genre. 

    In all four semesters, students take the Writer's Life Colloquium (1 credit). The credit is earned by participating in a minimum of eight approved Creative Writing events at The New School. Examples of regular events embraced by the Writer's Life Colloquium are the public readings co-sponsored with Cave Canem Foundation, The Story Prize, the National Book Foundation (presenters of the National Book Awards), the National Book Critics Circle, the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), PEN America, the Academy of American Poets, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Poetry Society of America, and the Publishing Triangle, as well as public readings and discussions devoted to each of the MFA concentrations. The Writer's Life Colloquium also hosts special seminars, teaching lectures, publishers' symposia, and visiting writer residencies arranged exclusively for graduate writing students.

    In their final semester, students work closely with a faculty advisor to complete a Writing Thesis (a substantial work of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or writing for children and young adults) and a Literature Project in their concentration.

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