The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
                      ~ Mark Twain, Hartford, Conn.

"The difference between the right word and the wrong word is the difference between the lightning and the lightning bug."    
                      ~ Mark Twain

The M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Southern Connecticut State University is a full-residency, terminal-degree program, preparing students for careers as publishing writers, teachers, editors, and professionals in the publishing world. While our curriculum focuses heavily on the writing workshop and the creative thesis, the M.F.A. also requires students to study literature at the graduate level and provides opportunities for students to train for teaching collegiate-level writing, and in some cases to teach their own courses.

MFA in Creative Writing

WHY COME TO SOUTHERN?

Mainly, to learn how to write better and be part of a strong,  supportive, aesthetically- and regionally-diverse community of writers and readers (students from 11 states in our first four years). Ours is a group of students and professors who not only read each others' work, invest heavily in each other's writing and efforts to publish, and hold informal reading groups during the summer -- it is a community of people who attend one another's weddings, regularly socialize (if they wish) with each other and visiting writers, and forge relationships as friends and writing peers after they've left the program. Writing and helping one another become better writers -- rather than unhealthy competition -- drives our community. For most writers, the time spent getting an M.F.A. provides the closest attention and most concentrated writing time they'll ever have. There is no better place to spend that time and live a full life as a writer than in Southern's program.

FUNDING

For every incoming class, we are able to offer a limited number of Graduate Assistantships that waive all fees and provide $9600 for the year. However, we work hard to find other means of financial support, including administrative graduate assistantships (20 hours of work each week in an administrative or support office), competitive graduate assistantships, fellowships (available during the second year, with fees waived and an award of $12,000), and adjunct teaching positions. At times, as many as 20 of our students at once have held funding. So, although we are unable right now to offer conventional tuition-waiver-plus-stipend GTAs to all incoming students, we are able to offer significant opportunities for funding and are dedicated to helping our students. Want to learn more about funding?