Director of Creative Writing
416 Hall of Languages
Sarah Harwell, Associate Director
420 Hall of Languages
Creative Writing Coordinator
418 Hall of Languages
Mona Awad, Chanelle Benz, Jonathan Dee, Matt Grzecki, Sarah Harwell, Brooks Haxton, Mary Karr, Christopher Kennedy, George Saunders, Bruce Smith, Dana Spiotta
The MFA program in Creative Writing at Syracuse has long been regarded as one of the best in the country. Each year six students are admitted in poetry and six in fiction to work closely in small workshops with an accomplished group of writers. Coursework includes a strong emphasis on the study of literature. Six semesters are usually needed to complete the M.F.A.
Applicants must upload a sample of fiction or poetry with their online application through CollegeNet no later than December 15, as well as complete the online graduate application for graduate study. Admission is based primarily on the writing sample, but also upon the academic record. Thus, letters of recommendation should address not only the student’s creative work, but also his or her general preparedness for advanced graduate study. Likewise, in their personal statements on the application for graduate study, students should state their reasons for pursuing an M.F.A. in creative writing as well as describe their own backgrounds as writers.
Submit online Graduate Application via CollegeNet by DECEMBER 15th.
- FICTION APPLICANTS: UPLOAD your 20 page maximum writing sample with your EMBARK application by DECEMBER 15. In addition to uploading your fiction writing sample to your online application through CollegeNet, please mail in one hard copy as well by December 15 to: Sarah Harwell, Associate Director of Creative Writing, Department of English, Syracuse University, 401 Hall of Languages, Syracuse NY 13244-1170.
- POETRY APPLICANTS: UPLOAD your 10-12 POEMS with CollegeNet application by December 15.
Do NOT mail in your poetry writing sample.
Candidates must complete 48 credits of coursework, which includes 9 credits of workshop, a minimum of 9 credits in forms courses, a 3-credit second-year essay seminar, 12 to 15 credits in other English department courses, 6 to 9 credits of electives outside the department, and 6 credits for the preparation of the thesis (a collection of poems or stories or a novel).
For more information about our graduate programs, visit our department web site at english.syr.edu.