Creative Writing

The program leading to the master of fine arts (MFA) degree in creative writing is a studio/academic course of study, designed to accommodate imaginative and intellectual diversity. Students enroll in writing workshops, forms courses, and literature classes, gaining exposure to a broad range of writing models and experimenting with a variety of strategies and forms. Guided development of each writer's talents culminates in a complete, carefully conceived thesis, typically a book-length manuscript.

Coursework is offered in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Most writers choose to focus on one area, but some balance the study and practice of two or more genres throughout the degree program, bearing in mind that at least one complete project, which might be multi-genre, must be submitted as a thesis. The program can be completed in three years. All students are guaranteed support for a fourth year of study; many take advantage of this option in order to have a year of intensive focus on the thesis project and to gain additional teaching experience.

MFA in Creative Writing Program Requirements

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Creative Writing Program Faculty Director
Wendy Rawlings (2013-2014)
228 Morgan Hall
205-348-4507
wendy.rawlings@ua.edu

Creative Writing Program Assistant (a current MFA student)
Meghan Tear Plummer
(May 2014 - May 2015)
cwfifi@ua.edu

Core Faculty
Please click on the links below for more information about individual faculty members.

Robin Behn
Joel Brouwer
Hali Felt
Michael Martone
Wendy Rawlings
Heidi Staples
Kellie Wells
Patti White