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

  • small writing workshops;
  • courses ranging from special topics to craft;
  • one-on-one manuscript tutorials; and
  • graduate seminars in the arts, humanities and literature.

Students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing 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 degree 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 

  • read student manuscripts;
  • meet with students for individual consultations;
  • attend workshops; and
  • give readings of their work.

In recent years, the Visiting Writers Program has hosted the following authors.

  • Jennifer Haigh
  • Alexander Chee
  • Robert Coover
  • Anita Desai
  • Brian Evenson
  • C. S. Giscombe
  • Jaimy Gordon
  • Bhanu Kapil
  • Jonathan Lethem
  • Carole Maso
  • Alice Notley
  • Anne Waldman
Creative writing students occupy a poetry table during an outdoors event on campus.

Our Community

The College of Liberal Arts at Temple comprises many disciplines and research areas. Now more than ever, an interdisciplinary liberal arts education is invaluable for your future pursuits. It offers the opportunity to further push your drive to create real change in the world, here at Temple and beyond. In this graduate program, you’ll work closely with diverse faculty members who are highly esteemed in their field and with a curious, passionate community of peers. 

Program Format & Curriculum

The 33-credit Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing may be completed full time or part time. The program comprises four writing workshops, one-on-one tutorials, craft and special topics courses, two graduate courses in the arts, humanities or literature, and one elective.

Courses include the following.

  • Craft in Creative Writing
  • Early American Literature
  • Early British Literature
  • Composition Research Methods
  • History of Critical Theory
  • Special Topics in Creative Writing
  • Translation Study

Students are also required to complete a master’s project of fiction (at least 100 pages) or poetry (at least 50 pages) during their fourth term.

Learn more about courses and requirements in the creative writing MFA.

Related Graduate Degrees

  • English PhD
  • Master of Journalism*
  • Media and Communication PhD*

*Klein College of Media and Communication

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Master of Fine Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2021–2022 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $966.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,329.00 per credit

Learn more about our tuition and fees.


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