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.
The MFA in Writing program at Lindenwood University can be completed either on-campus or fully online, with no residency requirement. The MFA program and the university are fully accredited. Visit our MFA in Writing program page for submission details and program information.
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 craft courses, literature courses and workshops in a range of genres, including fiction fiction, genre fiction, the novel, creative nonfiction, poetry, narrative journalism, literary journal editing, and scriptwriting. Workshops offer critiquing opportunities for writers to assess and hone their skills.
Along with a fully online option with no residency requirement, this program also offers an option for on-campus 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 Fiction Writing Workshop, Fundamentals of Contemporary Fiction, and Selected Emphases in Fiction. 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.
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. See our Prospective Students page for full details. 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. MFA students may take coursework in a variety of genres, or they may choose to declare an emphasis in fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry.