Program description: The Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at The Ohio State University is designed to help graduate students develop to the fullest their talents and abilities as writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Creative writing classes are conducted as workshops or tutorials. All students are fully funded for three years in a program that is well known for its sense of community and a faculty that is as committed to teaching as to their own writing.
Graduate student TAs teach special topics undergraduate creative writing courses, undergraduate literary publishing, as well as first-year and second-year writing. TAs teach two classes a year. In addition, they have the opportunity to work as editors of Ohio State's prize-winning literary magazine, The Journal, and to serve on the editorial staff of our two annual book prizes, one in poetry and one in prose.
Course offerings are varied and numerous. Special topics graduate workshops ensure that, in addition to "regular" workshops, opportunities abound for experimentation. Our graduate program includes coursework designed for "crossing over," such as poetry workshops for MFA fiction writers or essayists with little experience writing poems; and "forms" classes in prosody, the novel, the memoir, and novellas. Some MFAs choose to pursue the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in the Fine Arts (GISFA), which allows them to take graduate courses in other arts disciplines. Ohio State's size and breadth offer our students the chance to explore many disciplines that enrich their study and practice of creative writing.