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Minnesota State University Moorhead

MFA in Creative Writing

1104 7th Avenue South

Moorhead, MN 56563


Program director: Lin Enger

Program contact: Lin Enger or Karla Wenger (Grad Studies)

Phone: Enger: 218-477-4689; Wenger: 218-477-2344


Degrees offered: MFA

Genres: Fiction, poetry, playwriting and screenwriting, creative nonfiction

Type of program: residency

Length of program: Two or three years

Enrollment: 20-25 students

Total credits required: 42 semester credits

Application deadlines: March 1 (for Fall admission); November 1 (for Spring admission)

Scholarships available: Limited scholarship opportunities

Core faculty: Al Davis, Thom Tammaro, Richard Zinober, Lin Enger, John Early, Liz Severn, Kevin Carollo

Assistantships: Yes

Publishing/editing courses: Yes; a publishing certificate is offered; internships available with New Rivers Press

Literary magazine: Yes: Red Weather

Reading series: Yes: Thom McGrath Reading Series

Recent visiting writers: Robert Bly, Ted Kooser, Mary Logue, Sun Yung Shin, Jaed Coffin

Program description: The MFA program at Minnesota State University Moorhead offers students the opportunity for highly individualized work with experienced professors who are publishing actively in their genres. Students are encouraged to take workshops outside their primary genre in order to enhance their command of craft. The program is designed to meet the needs of both full-time and part-time students; all graduate workshops are offered during late afternoon or evening hours. In-state tuition is offered to everyone, no matter where they come from; in fact, MSUM is one of the least expensive programs in the country. A publishing certificate is available to those students interested in pursuing that career, and many MFA students complete internships with New Rivers Press, a working literary press based on campus.