The Temple MFA Program in Creative Writing awards a two-year Master’s of Fine Arts degree in English-Creative Writing, with a focus in either fiction or poetry. Our innovative curriculum immerses students in the study of creative writing and literature, with course offerings that range from special topics and craft classes in creative writing to graduate seminars in literature. Through small workshops each semester and one-on-one manuscript tutorials with our resident faculty in the second year, the curriculum supports students as they gain technique and self-confidence and prepare to hand in their MFA theses in their final semester. The supportive environment also helps our students move successfully from the MFA into the highly competitive world of submissions to journals and book publishers.
Workshops are supplemented by individual consultations with visiting writers-in-residence and a series of readings by prominent writers. For more information, please look at our Poets & Writers events page.
Students also have the opportunity to work on our online literary journal, TINGE Magazine, which is graduate student–edited.
Current faculty members include:
Faculty who have taught in the program in the past include such noted writers and scholars as David Bradley, Samuel R. Delany, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Pattie McCarthy, Toby Olson, Sonia Sanchez, and Susan Stewart. Visiting writers have included Peter Carey, Alexander Chee, Robert Creeley, Robert Coover, Anita Desai, Brian Evenson, C. S. Giscombe, Jaimy Gordon, Mat Johnson, Bhanu Kapil, Jonathan Lethem, Carole Maso, Alice Notley, Anne Waldman, C. D. Wright, and many others.
Please go to the Temple University Creative Writing MFA Facebook page for current updates.