Program description: While in residency in Paris, students participate in a vibrant community engaged in all aspects of the literary arts, including workshops, craft talks, lectures, individual conferences, and manuscript consultations, as well as a diverse series of readings, special events, and professional development panels.
During the intervals between residencies, students pursue focused courses of study, completing reading and writing assignments under the close supervision of individual faculty members. These ongoing dialogues with faculty are tailored to specific student interests; students are mentored by a different professor each term.
Students are expected to complete substantial writing and reading assignments each term, regularly submitting packets of work in exchange for detailed feedback. Graduating students leave the program with four new literary mentors and a portfolio of letters written by acclaimed writers in response to their work.
Requirements for the Master of Fine Arts degree include the completion of thirty-two credits of coursework , participation in five ten-day residencies, and the submission of a creative thesis, consisting of a substantial piece of writing—a novel, a collection of short stories, or a group of poems—to be finished in the student’s final semester. The project requires the approval of the student’s faculty thesis advisor and of the director of the Creative Writing Program.