Sarah Harwell, Associate Director, 420 Hall of Languages, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Michael Burkard, Arthur Flowers, Brooks Haxton, Mary Karr, Christopher Kennedy, George Saunders, Bruce Smith, Dana Spiotta
The Syracuse program in creative writing has long been regarded as one of the best in the country. Each year six students are admitted in poetry and six in fiction to work closely in small workshops with an accomplished group of writers. Coursework includes a strong emphasis on the study of literature. Six semesters are usually needed to complete the M.F.A.
Submit online Graduate Application by January 9th. https://apply.embark.com/grad/syracuse/37/
- FICTION APPLICANTS: The fiction writing sample is due by December 15 and The Basic Information Sheet (found below or in your Embark application) is to accompany your fiction writing sample. Send fiction writing sample directly to Sarah Harwell, Associate Director of Creative Writing, Department of English, Syracuse University, 401 Hall of Languages, Syracuse NY 13244-1170.
- POETRY APPLICANTS: UPLOAD your 10-12 POEMS with EMBARK application by January 9.
Do NOT mail in your poetry writing sample.
Admission is based primarily on the writing sample, but also upon the academic record. Thus, letters of recommendation should address not only the student’s creative work, but also his or her general preparedness for advanced graduate study. Likewise in their personal statements on the application for graduate study, students should state their reasons for pursuing an M.F.A. in creative writing as well as describe their own backgrounds as writers.
Requirements Candidates must complete 48 credits of coursework, which includes 9 credits of workshop, a minimum of 9 credits in forms courses, a 3-credit third-year essay seminar, 12 to 15 credits in other English department courses, 6 to 9 credits of electives outside the department, and 6 credits for the preparation of the thesis (a collection of poems or stories or a novel).
The Department of English offers a range of graduate programs: the M.A. in English, the M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and the Ph.D. in English. The department welcomes students who plan to become writers and scholar/teachers, and it makes a serious effort to tailor its programs to each student’s interests. Classes are small, usually from 5 to 15 students, and there is ample opportunity for independent study and supervised research.
One of the department’s greatest strengths is its faculty, which includes distinguished scholar- teachers and internationally known writers.
The graduate programs in English have in the recent past been reconfigured. Although students are asked to attain some coverage of literary periods, genres, and major authors, the department gives substantial attention to those modes of theoretical inquiry that have disrupted and enlivened the study of literature in recent years. Our current course offerings, therefore, represent both traditional approaches to English and important work in contemporary theory and cultural studies.
For more information about our graduate programs, visit our department web site at english.syr.edu.