Creative Writing (MFA)

Overview

The MFA in Creative Writing is a 48-hour program of advanced study and practice of literary craft. This studio/research program provides aspiring writers with the ongoing support and challenge of a workshop environment, along with individualized guidance by faculty members who are published authors themselves. The objective of this degree program is to prepare students for careers as writers, teachers at the college or university level, editors, literary translators, and other related professional careers. The program provides further training in the art of contemporary literary writing and publishing, the artistic inspiration of other writers as peers and mentors, and a deepened understanding and appreciation of literary traditions, including those of the Rio Grande Valley and elsewhere. The program's small workshop sizes concentrate student energies, promote success, and encourage a sense of community.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the graduate program in creative writing, prospective candidates must first meet all requirements for graduate admission to UT Rio Grande Valley, as well as the other requirements listed below:

  1. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
  2. Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 semester credit hours.
  3. Three  letters  of  recommendation  from  professional  or  academic sources.
  4. Personal  statement  detailing  professional  goals  and  reasons  for pursuing the graduate degree.
  5. Submission of a portfolio of creative work

Application for admission must be submitted prior to the published deadline. The application is available at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply.

Program Requirements

The choice of courses to satisfy the requirements will be determined in consultation between the student and a designated advisor in the genre concentration chosen by the student (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction or literary translation).

Each student must complete a creative thesis consisting of a significant body of creative work in addition to a critical introduction which places that work in the context of a literary tradition. The thesis will be formally defended before the student’s thesis committee.

Creative Writing Studio Workshop Courses - 15 Hours

Choose five from the following:

ENGL 6343Literary Translation Workshop

3

ENGL 6344Special Topics in Writing Literary Genres

3

ENGL 6345Fiction Workshop

3

ENGL 6346Creative Nonfiction Workshop

3

ENGL 6347Poetry Workshop

3

ENGL 6349Screenwriting Workshop

3

ENGL 6350Graphic Literature Workshop

3

SPAN 6330Spanish Creative Writing: Short Story

3

SPAN 6331Spanish Creative Writing: Poetry

3

SPAN 6332Spanish Creative Writing: Playwriting

3

SPAN 6333Special Studies in Creative Writing

3

TRSP 6343Translation Workshop - English to Spanish

3

TRSP 6347Translation Technologies

3

Creative Writing Form Seminars - 9 Hours

Choose three from the following:

ENGL 6335Special Topics in Form and Theory of Creative Writing

3

ENGL 6336Form and Theory of Short Fiction

3

ENGL 6337Form and Theory of Non Fiction

3

ENGL 6338Form and Theory of Poetry

3

ENGL 6339Form and Theory of The Novel

3

ENGL 6341Form and Theory - Screenwriting

3

ENGL 6342Form and Theory - Graphic Literature

3

ENGL 6344Special Topics in Writing Literary Genres

3

Professional Development - 3 Hours

Choose one from the following:

ENGL 6334Introduction to the Profession of Creative Writing

3

ENGL 6351Teaching Creative Writing

3

ENGL 6325Studies in Composition Techniques

3

Literature Seminars - 9 Hours

Required:

ENGL 6353Critical Engagement Readings for Writers

3

Choose two from the following:

ENGL 6300Introduction to Literary Studies

3

ENGL 6302Studies in Literary History

3

ENGL 6303Studies in Genre

3

ENGL 6304Studies in British Literature

3

ENGL 6305Studies in American Literature

3

ENGL 6306Studies in Comparative Literature

3

ENGL 6307Studies in European Literature

3

ENGL 6308Studies in Mexican American Literature

3

ENGL 6309Studies in the Literatures of the Americas

3

ENGL 6310Studies in Ethnic Literature

3

ENGL 6311Studies in Gender and Literature

3

ENGL 6312Studies in Single Author

3

ENGL 6313Studies in Post-Colonial Studies

3

ENGL 6315Studies in Cultural Studies

3

ENGL 6316Special Topics in Literature

3

SPAN 6320Latin American Prose

3

SPAN 6321Latin American Poetry and Drama

3

SPAN 6322Spanish Peninsular Prose

3

SPAN 6323Spanish Peninsular Poetry and Drama

3

SPAN 6325Women Writers in HispanicLiteratures

3

SPAN 6327Special Studies in Latin American Literature

3

SPAN 6328Special Topics in Spanish Peninsular Literature

3

SPAN 6352AP Latin American Prose

3

SPAN 6353AP Latin American Poetry and Drama

3

Free Electives - 6 Hours

Chosen in conjunction with an advisor

Capstone Requirement - 6 Hours

Thesis

ENGL 7310Thesis I

3

ENGL 7311Thesis II

3

Total Credit Hours: 48