MFA Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate critical reading and writing skills that show proficiency in analyzing the thematic and formal elements that constitute a literary text. This includes a sophisticated understanding of how a text is made, along with an understanding of the content that animates strong pieces of creative writing.

Demonstrate knowledge of the genre conventions and craft elements for the student’s genre of focus, whether creative nonfiction, fiction, or poetry. This will include a knowledge of the traditional practices of the genre, as well as the innovative and most current practices in the genre.

Demonstrate a commitment to the practices that produce effective creative writing, which include thoughtful drafting, engaging in research as needed, a careful revision process, receiving feedback and providing feedback to others, and refining work towards publication-ready quality.