The M.F.A. in Creative Writing offers students the opportunity to specialize in one of four genres: fiction, poetry, dramatic writing or creative nonfiction. Housed on Adelphi’s Garden City campus, the M.F.A. program offers its students the opportunity to hone their craft through workshops, literature classes and an independent study, culminating in the production of a master’s thesis.
The program helps students to forge connections within the larger New York City-based writing and publishing community, and prepares its graduates for careers in writing, teaching and arts organizations. Of particular note, the program offers a practicum course that serves to connect students to writers, publicists, editors and other professionals in the field. Students must also complete three literature/language/theory courses from the diverse course offerings to fulfill the 12-credit literature requirement.
In addition to competitive merit-based scholarships, all students who have completed Teaching Writing: Theory and Practice (English 638) are eligible to serve as instructors for English 109, an introductory creative writing class.
All graduate students are enrolled as members of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), which provides professional and artistic support, including assistance in finding positions after graduation. AWP members can take advantage of its job listings and dossier forwarding service.