THE UNIVESITY OF ARIZONA CREATIVE WRITING MFA PROGRAM
Ringed by mountains in the lush Sonoran desert, The University of Arizona gives writer an opportunity to develop their craft in the company of other writers. Our two-year residency program offers workshops, craft seminars, and interdiscuplinary studies, culminating in the producton of a creative thesis supervised by one or more of our permanent faculty. In addition to courses in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, we offer special topics classes in the novel and screen writing, as well as community-based internships in Tucson.
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The MFA degree is comprised of thirty-six units (eleven classes and the supervised completion of a creative thesis) and four semesters residence in the program. Requirements are distributed as follows:
. Four writing workshops in your genre.
. Two creative writing craft seminars. Recent topics include:
. The Next Poetry Narrative
. The Book Review: The shaping of Contemporary American Fiction
. The Essay Is Dead: Long Live the Essay
. Literatures of Science
. On Moral Fiction
. The Memoir as Literature
. Five electives (may include additional craft seminars, English courses, courses from other departments, or internships)
. One manuscript independent study.
Works-in-Progress Reading Series. Graduate students read their work in a biweekly downtown program.
Annual literary journal of the current year’s graduates sent to literary agents and editors.
UA PROSE SERIES
Readings and discussions. Recent visitors include John D’Agata, Francine Prose, George Saunders, and Rebecca Solnit.
Informal gatherings of students, faculty and guests to discuss the art and business of writing.
THE WRITER AS CITIZEN
Internships in arts, science, and education at Biosphere 2, the Center of Biological Diversity, Voices: Community Stories Past and Present, the Poetry Center, and other venues.
Graduate classes take place at the University of Arizona Poetry Center. Our partner and affilate institution, the Poetry Center is an internationally renowned poetry library with 60,000 items including books, journals, recordings, photographs, and broadsides. The Poetry Center is also the sponsor of an acclaimed reading series and a variety of educational and outreach programs. Internships available for MFA students in arts adminstration, library science, and education.
The Sonora Review is a nationally distributed biannual literary journal publishing prose and poetry from both established and emerging writers. Founded in 1980, it is the oldest student-run literary journal in the country and offers excellent opportunities for students to acquire and home editorial skills.
Writers who have graduated from the University of Arizona MFA program have published hundreds of books, over fifty in the last five years alone, and received honors including the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur Fellowship, the Academy of American Poets Prize, the John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Natural History Writing, the Iowa Poetry Prize, the Kenyon Review Short Fiction Award, the O. Henry Prize, the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, and many Wallace Stegner Fellowships. Recent work has been anthologized in Best New Poets, Best New American Voices, and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses.
Aurelie Sheehan, Director
Creative Writing MFA Program
Department of English
University of Arizona
PO Box 210067
Modern Languages Bldg. 445
Tucson, Az 85721-0067
Application deadline for the following fall semester is January 1
For more information, plase contact the program assistant, Marlene Cooksey, at email@example.com