Other Concentrations

Fiction Concentration

The MFA in creative writing is a three-year residency program offering tracks in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Students in the program are members of a literary community that includes a student-organized program of readings, potluck dinners with faculty, three journals, a student-run publisher—Stillhouse Press—and the annual Fall for the Book literary festival. Resident faculty members include recipients of prestigious writing awards such as the Guggenheim Foundation, the Yale Series of Younger Poets, the Lannan Foundation, the Whiting Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. 

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

In addition to completing the requirements for all MFA students, students pursuing this concentration complete the requirements below.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 48

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses


Select two to four courses in consultation with an advisor 1 6-12
Craft Seminars  
Six to twelve credits of 6-12
Craft Seminars 2  
Workshop 1
Workshop in English  
Total Credits 13-25

ENGH 798 Directed Reading and Research may not be used to fulfill this requirement.


This course may be repeated for credit.

Concentration in Fiction (FIC)

ENGH 566 Forms of Fiction 3
Writing Workshops 9
Fiction Writing Workshop  
Advanced Workshop in Fiction Writing  
Total Credits 12


Select up to 15 credits from electives in consultation with the writing program faculty 1 15
Total Credits 15

The number of electives will vary according to the number of literature courses and workshops that students take. 

Exam or Project

Poetry Concentration

Students in poetry must pass a written MFA exam based on the authors they have chosen. The authors are selected in collaboration with the writing faculty any time after completing 12 credits of course work and before completing 32 credits. The exam must be completed at least one semester before the student registers for the final 3 credits of thesis.

Fiction and Nonfiction Concentration

Students in fiction and nonfiction writing must pass an MFA exam or complete an MFA project.

Students who elect to take the MFA exam select, after the completion of 18 credits and with the approval of their faculty advisors, a list of authors and an area of emphasis (for example, the European novel). Students who elect to complete an MFA project (such as editing an anthology) must carry out the project under the direction of a faculty member and may register for ENGH 798 Directed Reading and Research to fulfill this requirement. The project must be completed at least one semester before the student registers for the final 3 credits of thesis.

ENGH 798 Directed Reading and Research 1-6
Total Credits 1-6


ENGH 798 Directed Reading and Research may not be used as thesis preparation. Students who want to register for thesis credits in the summer need the permission of the thesis committee.

Students should be aware of the university policies governing theses. They must follow the thesis enrollment policy and once enrolled in ENGH 799 Thesis, maintain continuous enrollment. These policies are specified in AP.6.9.3 Master's Thesis.

Thesis 6
Total Credits 6