The Master of Fine Arts in writing is designed for those who want to further develop and enhance their creative writing skills though exposure to various genres.
Our students enroll in this accelerated program both for their personal knowledge and for career advancement in teaching, writing, and publishing. Students in this program also have the opportunity to serve as editorial assistants for Lindenwood University’s literary journal, The Lindenwood Review, which is published every spring.
Convenient, Challenging Coursework for Writers
The Accelerated MFA in Writing Program is distinct among other graduate writing curricula. It offers intensive courses and workshops in a range of genres, including fiction and creative nonfiction writing, advanced poetry, narrative journalism, and scriptwriting. Critiquing opportunities are available so writers can assess and hone their skills.
This program also allows students to earn up to nine credits a quarter through the accelerated “cluster” format. Students typically meet one night a week in a convenient location around the St. Louis area. The coursework is grouped into clusters consisting of three associated courses, such as Advanced Poetry, Advanced Studies in Poetry, and Prose Workshops. The cluster format gives students and instructors the freedom to explore every facet of the curriculum as it relates to creative writing.
Knowledgeable Faculty and Comprehensive Instruction
Courses in this program are taught by experienced writers who are published authors, journalists, and editors. This type of personalized instruction in a small group is the most effective practice for creative writing workshop sessions. Class work includes small group projects, oral presentations, many written assignments, and tests.
Lindenwood University’s student support services are offered to all students. We know that many working adults haven’t been in a college environment for years—even decades—and we have a system in place that ensures that you’ll have academic support, a full-time faculty advisor, and financial aid assistance.
Admission to the MFA program is contingent upon approval of a submitted writing sample and a brief Statement of Purpose. Any student not admitted into the MFA program must receive permission from the program director before enrolling in an MFA course.
Students select 48 credit hours from the curriculum. The graduate thesis is required for the final three credit hours of the program. Students produce a creative thesis of approximately 70-100 pages in their chosen genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or scriptwriting).