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    Karl Ramos
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    ramosk@newschool.edu
    Phone: 212.229.5150 x2330
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    Creative Writing Program
    66 West 12th St.
    New York, NY 10011
    writingprogram@newschool.edu
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  • The Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing is awarded for successful completion of 36 credits in one of the following concentrations: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, or Writing for Children and Young Adults. Because of the integral nature of the curriculum, transfer credits are not accepted.

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

    In all four semesters, you 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. These include craft-based literary forums (Fiction Forum, Poetry Forum, etc.), co-sponsored readings, publishing roundtables, and other special events.

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

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Graduates

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