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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Creative Writing (CWR)

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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
CIP Code: 23.1302
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 45

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
English Department (ENG)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue CPR107
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
John Lennon
Phone: 813-974-9467
Email: jflennon@usf.edu

Website: http://www.cas.usf.edu/english


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List


Major Information

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a graduate-level major offering concentrations in fiction and poetry (with the opportunity to study other genres of writing such as screenwriting and creative nonfiction). The Major emphasizes the craft of writing and concentrates on the student's original work. The M.F.A. requires 45 hours of coursework and typically will take three years for the student to complete. Our goal is to help M.F.A. students to produce publishable theses and secure teaching or editing positions upon graduation.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: January 1
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Students accepted into the program will begin coursework in the fall. No applications will be considered for spring or summer admission.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions), as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • an undergraduate degree, preferably in English, from an accredited institution, with a 3.2 average, or its equivalent
  • a competitive Verbal aptitude score on the GRE general test, with a target Analytical Writing score of 4.0 (while the Quantitative score is not a determining factor in our admission decisions, both Verbal and Quantitative scores are factors in some university scholarships and fellowships)
  • three letters of recommendation, preferably from former English instructors, assessing the student's potential to do graduate level work
  • a writing sample in one genre only: 12-20 pages of double-spaced fiction; 12-20 pages of double-spaced creative nonfiction, or 10-15 pages of single-spaced poetry
  • a two-to-three page personal statement, describing the student's background, purpose for attending graduate school, and career goals
  • a completed application submitted online through the Graduate Admissions Office
All supplementary application materials (i.e., statement, writing sample, and letters of recommendation) should be submitted electronically through the online application or may be submitted directly to the department at the following address:

Graduate Director
Department of English
University of South Florida
4204 E. Fowler Ave.
Tampa, FL 33620-5550

Materials including GRE scores and transcripts must be received by the application deadline in order for students to be considered for admission. Graduates of USF do not need to order official transcripts. Applications are reviewed by an admissions committee after the deadline. Students will be notified by mail of the admissions decision with four to six weeks after the deadline.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Earn 45 credit hours with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better in the required courses. The distribution of the requirements will be:

  • 18 hours in writing workshops and craft seminars
  • 3 hours in graduate studies
  • 15 hours in pedagogy and literature courses, and
  • 9 hours in thesis studies (taken in the final year of the program)

Complete a book-length manuscript in creative nonfiction, fiction, or poetry that will meet departmental and university requirements for the thesis. The thesis shall consist of 48-64 pages of poems (single- or double-spaced), at least 100 pages of fiction (double-spaced) or at least 100 pages of creative nonfiction (double-spaced). All students must write a three- to ten-page introduction to their thesis that explains their goals for the work.

 

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Credits

CORE REQUIREMENTS

18

Six courses (18 credits) chosen from the following:

CRW6130
CRW6331
CRW6236

Fiction Writing
Poetry Writing
Nonfiction Writing

3*
3*
3*

*may be taken up to three times for a maximum of 9 credits

CRW6164

The Craft of Fiction
Required for students admitted to the fiction concentration, optional for others.

3

CRW6352

The Craft of Poetry
Required for students admitted to the poetry concentration; optional for others.

3

CRW6025

The Craft of Nonfiction
Required for students admitted to the nonfiction track, optional for others.

3

CRW6025

Special Topics in Creative Writing
This course concentrates on screenwriting, translation, editing, creative writing pedagogy (with a community service component), or study of a particular genre or technique.

3


ENG6009


Introduction to Graduate Studies
  This course must be taken in the student's first or second semester of graduate studies.


3

 

OTHER COURSE REQUIREMENTS

15 minimum

5 courses (15 credits) in any combination of the courses below:
ENC 6745Practice in Teaching Composition3
 Required of all first-year teaching assistants in composition
CRW 6025Practice in Teaching Creative Writing3
 Required of all teaching assistants in creative-writing courses. This course may be taken more than once, but will only count for a total of three credits toward degree requirements.
LIT 6934Selected Topics: Literary Editing and Publishing3
 Required of all students working on Saw Palm, USF's creative writing journal. This course may be taken more than once, but will only count for a total of three credits toward degree requirements.
 

Any of the following graduate-level (6000 and above) literature courses offered by the English Department. These courses are coded AML6---, ENL6---, and LIT6---. Sample courses include:

AML6017
AML6018
ENL6207
AML6608
ENL6206
ENL6216
ENL6226
ENL6228
ENL6236
ENL6246
ENL6256
ENL6276
LIT6096
LIT6105
LIT6934

Studies in American Literature to 1860
Studies in American Literature 1860-1920
Studies in Modern American Literature
Studies in African-American Literature
Studies in Old English
Studies in Middle English
Studies in Sixteenth-Century British Literature
Studies in Seventeenth-Century British Literature
Studies in Restoration and Eighteenth-British Literature
Studies of the English Romantic Period
Studies in Victorian Literature
Studies in Modern British Literature
Studies in Contemporary Literature
Studies in Continental Literature
Selected Topics in English Studies

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

 

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS

Concentrations available:

Fiction (CFI)
Poetry (CPO)

 

THESIS REQUIREMENTS

9 minimum

ENG6971

Thesis: Master's

9

Taken in the student's final year of study. The student must be registered in at least 3 hours of ENG 6971 during the semester prior to graduation.

 

MINIMUM TOTAL CREDITS

45

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College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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USF Degree Requirements

See USF Degree Requirements —
http://www.grad.usf.edu/policies.php

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

CRW6130, CRW6331, CRW6236, CRW6352, CRW6025, CRW6934, CRW6025, ENG6009, AML6017, AML6018, ENL6207, AML6608, ENL6206, ENL6216, ENL6226, ENL6228, ENL6236, ENL6246, ENL6256, ENL6276, LIT6096, LIT6105, LIT6934, ENG6971,