Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
Become an experienced fiction writer or poet with the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. Develop your individual voice and techniques, define your aesthetics, and gain the critical skills needed to realize your creative vision. The 33-credit Creative Writing MFA provides you with essential resources to hone your craft, including
- courses ranging from special topics to craft classes;
- graduate seminars in the arts, humanities and literature;
- one-on-one manuscript tutorials; and
- small writing workshops; among others.
Students in the Creative Writing MFA graduate with a fully formed manuscript of publishable quality, written under the guidance of the department’s accomplished faculty members and visiting authors. Through this master's program, you’ll also learn how to prepare your work for submission to literary journals, publishers and agents. Graduates have been published by numerous trade and small presses, and their works have earned prestigious grants, prizes and residencies.
In addition to launching your literary career, earning your MFA leads to work in several professional areas, including advertising, arts administration, book and magazine editing, grant writing, journalism, public relations and teaching.
Visiting Writers Program
Benefit from the insights and guidance of distinguished, internationally renowned authors. Each year, the Visiting Writers Program invites a novelist (fall semester) and poet (spring semester) to work with MFA students during extended department visits. Over the course of several days, these guests
- attend workshops;
- give readings of their work;
- meet with students for individual consultations; and
- read student manuscripts.
In recent years, the Visiting Writers Program has hosted the following authors.
- Peter Carey
- Alexander Chee
- Robert Creeley
- Robert Coover
- Anita Desai
- Brian Evenson
- C. S. Giscombe
- Jaimy Gordon
- Bhanu Kapil
- Jonathan Lethem
- Carole Maso
- Alice Notley
- Anne Waldman
- C. D. Wright