Creative WritingMaster of Fine Arts

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is designed to develop the students’ skills in writing and reading fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. By the end of the program, students will have completed a book-length manuscript of their own creative work. The courses are all offered 100% online and are designed to be taken sequentially. The two-year MFA program is a great value as tuition for each academic year is under $10,000.




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Master of Fine Arts Curriculum Overview

The fully online Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a two-year, 36 credit program divided into five different components:  workshop courses, literature courses, craft courses, a literary research course, and a supervised thesis. Students focus on the practice of their chosen genre (e.g., fiction, creative non-fiction). Each workshop will be led by a published faculty member. During the course of the program, each student will have had the opportunity to work with multiple published authors.

This course of study is designed to advance the skills and knowledge of current and future writing professionals. By utilizing a combination of theoretical inquiry and practical application, students will gain greater insight into what makes writing worthy of publication. This online MFA will prepare students to pursue the life of a professional writer.

Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ENG - 500 Advanced Workshop 1 3
ENG - 505 Studies in the Craft of Creative Writing 3
ENG - 510 Advanced Workshop 2 3
ENG - 515 Studies in the Contemporary Novel 3
ENG - 520 Advanced Workshop 3 3
ENG - 525 Studies in Contemporary Creative Nonfiction 3
ENG - 530 Advanced Workshop 4 3
ENG - 535 Studies in Contemporary Poetry 3
ENG - 540 Advanced Workshop 5 3
ENG - 545 The Culture and Ethics of Writing, Editing, and Publishing 3
ENG - 550 Researching and Writing About Literature 3
ENG - 555 Thesis 3

Students will write original creative pieces in their chosen genre and have their work critiqued by their peers and instructor in a workshop setting.

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Students will learn to approach writing as a craft, studying the elements of creative writing, such as point of view, character, setting, tone, imagery, etc.

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All students will submit creative work and have their work critiqued by their peers in a workshop setting.

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In this course, students will investigate some of the themes, forms and techniques of contemporary published novelists with the goal of identifying trends in the genre. Specific authors and sub-topics may vary from semester to semester.

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Students will write original creative pieces in their chosen genre and have their work critiqued by their peers and instructor in a workshop setting.

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This course will investigate various examples of published creative nonfiction, such as the memoir, travel writing, personal essays and narrative journalism. Specific authors and genres may vary from semester to semester.

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Students will write original creative pieces in their chosen genre and have their work critiqued by their peers and instructor in a workshop setting.

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This course examines the landscape of contemporary poetry, with a focus on the variety of techniques and generic conventions explored by poets writing in English. The specific writers studied may vary from semester to semester.

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Students will write original creative pieces in their chosen genre and have their work critiqued by their peers and instructor in a workshop setting.

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Writers will explore the culture of writing, editing and publishing. Most writers don’t just write. They also edit and publish the work of the others, while trying to publish their own work.

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Students will research and write a 25 page extended critical essay on a literary topic approved by their instructor.

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Students will write a book-length manuscript in their chosen genre (fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry.)

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Requirements

  1. Apply Online
  2. Submit official transcript from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor’s degree.
  3. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and uploaded to your application portal.  Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).
    • Tell us about your journey, background and/or goals as a writer.
    • Who or what are your literary influences?
    • Explain why an online format interests you in completing your degree and how you feel your schedule can accommodate the 20-25 hours per week of work to pursue your MFA degree.
  4. Submit a typed creative writing sample in either fiction or non-fiction writing. Completed samples should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via mail or email. The sample should be 2000-4000 words in the genre you wish to study. Standard 12 pt. font i.e. Times New Roman or Courier.

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Technology Requirements

Students enrolling at Concordia University, St. Paul must have access to a computer that meets Concordia’s technology requirements. Contact the University Help Desk at helpdesk@csp.edu or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

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Meet Your Professors

Matt Ryan Assistant Professor of English, Director for the MFA in Creative Writing program

Matt Ryan has won a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, appeared in numerous journals, and has been nominated for one Best of the Net and three Pushcart Prizes.

Dr. Debra Beilke English and Modern Languages Department Chairperson, Professor of English

Dr. Beilke's specialty is in American literature, and also teaches a variety of general education courses in writing and literature, and upper-level world literature courses.

Eric Dregni Associate Professor of English, Advisor of Student Newspaper

Dregni has taught Intro to Lit, College Writing, Review Writing, Column Writing, Memoir, Travel Writing, and is in charge of internships in the English Department.

Theresa FitzPatrick Director of the Writing Center, Term Faculty of English

Theresa FitzPatrick enjoys teaching both undergraduate and graduate students at Concordia in the areas of composition, education, and literature studies.

Career Potential

After completing this fully online MFA program, students will have achieved a level of sophistication in their writing that will allow them to pursue a number of career options.

  • Published Author
  • College Professor
  • Editor
  • Publisher
  • Marketing
  • Arts Administration

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