For that period of time, you’re in deep, living the student writer’s life to a factor of 37. But even if you want it, it’s not always feasible to up and leave and/or shut down your normally scheduled programming, and pay anywhere from ,000-0,000 , to immerse yourself in a two-year program.
The program requirements include forty-eight hours of study evenly divided between writing courses and literature courses designed to inform that writing.
The program includes independent study under close faculty supervision, receptions, public readings, and discussion, selected readings, and other Atheneum events created around good food and great conversation, dialogue, and community.
The program is a composite of a total of thirty-six hours, consisting primarily of writing workshops, including a minimum of one course in techniques, one in literary editing, one in pedagogy, and the remainder in recommended courses or electives.
This small, highly personal two-year program in creative writing confers master of fine arts degrees in fiction, poetry, and playwriting.
The “low” part typically takes place during summer, spring break, and December holidays when you’re required to fly to the school’s campus and fulfill the residency requirement, and the more unique “optional” recommends students physically join their peers during the residency periods, but it’s not required. Getting an MFA- whether it’s a high, low, intermediate, or otherwise residency- is a full-time job that takes place both during the application period (researching programs and funding options, studying for and passing the GRE, submitting applications and ancillary materials, applying for loans, then figuring out how to either break from your current life or carve out the necessary time so you can immerse in a new one) and then during the program itself, which as everyone will say, is intense, to say the least.
Atop the intense time commitment is the financial investment.
Still, if earning a degree inside of a very intense two-year period is still what you’re after, there are MFA programs that offer Low or Optional Residency.
These provide the full breadth of courses, workshop, mentorship and community, but rather than being a full-time student in residence, you can do most of the work online.
When studying writing, you’ll work toward a mastery of language, including critical reading, rigorous analysis, and the creation of art.
This three-year, forty-eight-credit-hour MFA program integrates writing, literary journalism, translation, and the study of literature to prepare students for a range of career possibilities.