The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
"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 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.
WHY COME TO SOUTHERN?
Mainly, to learn how to write better and to be part of a strong, supportive, aesthetically and regionally diverse community of writers and readers (students from 17 states have joined our program). Ours is a group of students and teachers who not only read one anothers’ work, but who also invest deeply in each other’s writing and efforts to publish, who hold informal reading groups during the summer months, who regularly socialize with one another and with visiting writers, and who forge relationships as friends and writing peers, even after completing the program. We are a supportive community. What drives our community is the writing and the unified work, helping one another to become better writers. 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.
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.