The Creative Writing MFA offers a workshop-intensive program in fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry, emphasizing the art and craft of literary writing and concentrating on the student's written work.
The minimum total hours required for the Creative Writing MFA is 36 credit hours, including a minimum of nine required credit hours of graduate writing workshop classes. Each candidate will write a book-length creative thesis. There is no nonthesis option in Creative Writing.
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Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree|
Students are required to have a proficiency in American
and British Literature as reflected by completing at least one survey course in
each field. Students with baccalaureate degrees in subjects other than English
whose transcripts do not clearly indicate successful completion of such courses
will be required to complete survey courses in British and American literature
as co-requisites before the thesis defense. The particular courses that satisfy
these co-requisites are selected in consultation with the MFA program
Core–9 Credit Hours
- CRW 6025 Graduate Writing Workshop. Must be
repeated for credit. (3 credit hours)
While students are expected
to concentrate their workshop study in the chief genre, multi-genre proficiency
is encouraged. Additional credit hours beyond the required 9 credit hours in CRW
6025 Advanced Graduate Writing Workshop are recommended to assist the student in
developing better writing and publication skills.
The student will complete two of the following courses:
- LIT 6039 Studies in Contemporary Poetry (3 credit hours)
- LIT 6097 Studies in Contemporary Fiction (3 credit hours)
- LIT 6076 Studies in Contemporary Nonfiction (3 credit hours)
- CRW 5130 Form and Theory in
Creative Writing (3 credit hours)
Elective Courses—15 Credit
Restricted Electives—6 Credit Hours
- CRW 6976 Scholarship and Publication (3 credit hours)
- CRW 6806C Teaching Creative Writing (3 credit hours). Required for teaching assistants who wish to
be considered for teaching Creative Writing courses in our undergraduate
- CRW 5938 Special Topics Seminar (3 credit hours)
- CRW 5948C Creative Writing Service Learning (3 credit hours)
- CRW 6946 Internship (3 credit hours)
- CRW 6025 Graduate Writing Workshop (3
Unrestricted Electives—6 Credit Hours
- LIT 5389 Studies in Gender and Fiction Writing (3 credit hours)
- CRW 5130 Form and Theory in Creative Writing (3 credit hours)
- LIT 6216 Issues in Literary Study (3 credit hours)
- LIT 6936 Studies in
Literary, Cultural, and Textual Theory (3 credit hours)
- ENC 5705 Theory and Practice in Composition (3 credit hours)
- LIT 6276 Teaching College Literature (3 credit hours)
Additional Electives—3 Credit
Thesis—6 Credit Hours
- CRW 6971 Thesis (3 credit
The candidate will complete a book-length manuscript of
publishable quality, written and revised in CRW 6971 Thesis, that meets both
departmental and university requirements for the thesis.
Although a practicum or an internship is not required, they
are encouraged to better prepare the student for their profession. These courses
fulfill the 6-hour requirement in restricted electives and are listed in that
- CRW 6946 Internship
- The Florida Review Internship
(3 credit hours)
- The Cypress Dome Internship (3 credit hours)
- Other Approved Internship (3 credit hours)
- CRW 5948C
Service Learning in Creative Writing (3 credit hours)
Independent LearningThe creative thesis, a book-length manuscript of original creative work, is the independent learning experience.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to the general UCF
graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope)
from each college/university attended.
- Official, competitive GRE score
taken within the last five years.
- Three letters of recommendation
(preferably from current or former teachers).
- Statement of background
and goals. In the first sentence of your statement, please specify the primary
genre of study (fiction, poetry, or literary nonfiction). If you were not an
English major, we recommend you include a list (5-7 titles) of recently read
contemporary books in the genre in which you are applying.
- Résumé or
- A portfolio of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. The
portfolio must be in English and in the applicant’s primary genre (up to 15
pages of poetry, 30 pages of fiction, or 30 pages of literary nonfiction). This
manuscript is the most important element of a candidate’s application. It will
be evaluated by a committee of creative writing faculty to assess the
candidate’s readiness for graduate study. The committee’s decision is based upon
its qualitative assessment for the manuscript’s competence in standard English
and originality, and the author’s demonstrated potential to succeed in the
profession of creative writing.
- At least one survey course in both
English and American literature at the university level (may be taken while in
Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does
not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on evaluation of the
applicant's abilities, past performance, recommendations, match of this program
and faculty expertise to the applicant's career/academic goals, and the
applicant's potential for completing the degree.
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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website
, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information
section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.