Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA) Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the MFA program students will:
- Develop and hone skills in creating, editing and revising in the student's primary genre.
- Demonstrate ability to read and respond thoughtfully and critically in both oral and written form to other student’s work.
- Demonstrate knowledge of how to perform in a workshop situation.
- Recognize and write within the genres of nature, environmental or travel writing.
- Write and publically present (orally) a polished creative manuscript of marketable quality.
- Cultivate a professional identity in terms of self-presentation in both written and oral forms to include reading their work aloud at public venues, interviewing other writers, attending outside readings, writing book reviews and organizing literary events.
- Demonstrate understanding of the theory and practice of literary publishing, including the practice of submitting work to literary journals and/or to quality trade publishers.
- Develop a nuanced sense of place and the ways in which place is important to the student’s work.
- Travel to a national or international destination and generate creative works from that experience
- Analyze and write with care about literary texts of considerable difficulty.
- Recognize critical positions and literary arguments, including the student’s own critical and aesthetic position.
- Demonstrate a good reading knowledge of modern and contemporary literature and how the student’s own work fits within a literary tradition.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the theory and practice of teaching creative writing.