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Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606-1490
Program director: Jeff Parker
Program contact: Jeff Parker
Phone: (813) 258-7409
Degrees offered: MFA
Genres: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry
Type of program: Low Residency
Length of program: Two Year/Four Term
Total credits required: 48 Credits
Application deadlines: November 1 for the January Residency; April 1 for the June Residency
Scholarships available: No
Core faculty: Maile Chapman, Brock Clarke, Erica Dawson, Arielle Greenberg, Mikhail Iossel, Donald Morril, Josip Novakovich, Jeff Parker, Terese Svoboda, and others
Publishing/editing courses: Yes
Reading series: Yes
Recent visiting writers: Michael Connelly, Arthur Flowers, Nick Flynn, Keith Gessen, Eli Horowitz, Denis Johnson, Ben Lerner, Francine Prose, George Saunders, Rebecca Wolff, and others
Program description: The University of Tampa low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program is designed to help poets, fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers advance their command of craft through exposure to literature from a writerly perspective and with supportive critique and mentoring. The two-year, four-term course of individualized study encourages the rich interplay of participation in an extended literary community, and it seeks to deepen the understanding of writing as an ongoing engagement with discovery and transformation.
Students attend four ten-day working residencies, capped off by a fifth, culminating residency, on UT’s historic campus in downtown Tampa, on the banks of the Hillsborough River. Each residency is followed by a five-month one-on-one tutorial with a faculty mentor focused on the student’s written work and readings as negotiated in an individual plan of study.
As part of the requirements for the degree, the student completes many drafts and revisions, resulting in a substantial manuscript of original work in the selected genre. Along the way, the student reads and comments on works that have shaped the genre, completes a 25-page critical essay in the third semester and assembles an annotated bibliography that conveys the importance and influence of great writers on their own work. In the fifth, culminating residency, the student teaches a seminar on a pre-arranged topic of interest and gives a public reading of his/her own work. Each semester grade is pass/fail accompanied by a narrative evaluation composed by the student’s mentor.
last updated 10/08/12