Program description: Hofstra University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing offers concentrations in fiction, poetry, playwriting, or creative nonfiction. Guided by a distinguished faculty of creative writers and scholars from Hofstra’s Department of English, students pursue a curriculum that includes studies in literature and craft as well as challenging and focused writing seminars. Students also have the opportunity to take writing workshops outside of their primary genre and to count these credits toward their degree. Our program may be completed in two or more years and culminates in a yearlong thesis project.
The MFA is considered the terminal degree for those who wish to teach at the college level. Our students can matriculate on a full-time or part-time basis, taking courses in the afternoon or evening.
Hofstra also offers an MFA in Creative Writing for Writers of Spanish, which draws on the talents and experiences of faculty from Hofstra’s departments of English and Romance Languages and Literatures. The program is the first of its kind on Long Island and the second in the New York metropolitan area.
Through our Great Writers, Great Readings series the MFA program brings prominent writers to campus every semester for readings and small master classes with our graduate students.
We are a small program, and students have the opportunity to work closely with our faculty, not only on their writing, but through our teaching fellowship program, which pairs students with faculty mentors. Whether they have recently completed their undergraduate studies, have advanced degrees, or are returning to seek greater development of their craft, our students bring their diverse backgrounds to help enrich the culture of creative writing on our campus.