Degree Requirements: Fiction

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M.F.A. students emphasizing in fiction are expected to compile a significant amount of both creative and academic writings, and are encouraged to finish a full manuscript.

Fiction majors complete:

  • A thesis with a minimum of 120 pages (though we encourage students to complete an actual full manuscript, which is typically in excess of 200 pages).
  • An extensive study of craft and literature — read approximately 10–15 books per quarter and write several critical papers a month.
    • Accompanied by extensive lectures both online and during residency.
    • Reading list is devised in consultation with your professor and also contains works that correlate directly with your creative aims.
  • All students lecture during their final residency on a topic relevant to their course of study as part of their Professional Development curriculum.
  • Each student writes three longer critical works — two 10-page papers and one 20-page paper — based on an area of interest in their cumulative readings, creative work and outside study.