Program description: In Antioch University Los Angeles' unique low-residency program, students explore the important role of the writer in society, reading works by diverse and socially-conscious authors. The MFA in Creative Writing program is comprised of on-campus residencies—which include classes, readings, and workshops—complemented by a five-month, online project period during which students live and write in their home communities. Our program provides a uniquely constructive but noncompetitive atmosphere that promotes both creativity and discipline. The sense of community offered at AULA is the keystone of lifelong friendships and professional collaborations that develop among our students and alumni.
AULA offers specialized fields of creative writing study in the following genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Writing for Young People, and Literary Translation. Students are admitted in a single genre, but have the opportunity to write and study in more than one genre, including Literary Translation—and even to challenge the notion of genre itself. Our distinguished instructors are all actively published writers who serve as dedicated mentors throughout the program.
Some MFA programs are designed to help aspiring writers complete a manuscript and find a publisher. The goals of Antioch University’s program are much broader. Our MFA in Creative Writing graduates will demonstrate:
- Mastery of creative writing skills in at least one of the following genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Writing for Young People, or Literary Translation.
- Critical reading, writing, and thinking skills required of a literary artist.
- Knowledge of ethical dilemmas and social values of the literary arts.
- Readiness to assume the working life of a professional writer, whether in academia, commercial, or independent publishing, or within one’s community.
- Scholarships are available.
AULA has also distinguished itself from other creative writing programs through innovative features such as the MFA Field Study, the Art of Translation, the Post-MFA Certificate in the Teach of Creative Writing, and the Professional Development Semester.