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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

M.F.A. in Creative Writing

The three-year M.F.A. program in Creative Writing gives promising fiction writers and poets an opportunity to practice their art with dedicated fellow writers. This close-knit community is committed to addressing the challenges of the literary process and concentrates on the craft and quality of literary writing. For nearly five decades, one of the prime strengths of our program has been the excellence of our students. The strictly limited enrollment, with six poets and six fiction writers admitted each year, guarantees that students work closely together with a faculty that includes eight full time faculty of national acclaim and one renowned Visiting Writer a year. Students are selected on the basis of academic credentials and writing samples. High admission standards and small class size ensure that students' writing receives thorough, consistent attention from faculty and fellow students. The faculty include Michael Burkard, Jonathan Dee, Arthur Flowers, Brooks Haxton, Mary Karr (fall semester), Christopher Kennedy, George Saunders (fall semester), Bruce Smith and Dana Spiotta. A sample of past Visiting Writers: Heidi Julavits, Amy Hempel, Gary Lutz, Lynne Tillman, Brain Evenson, Christine Schutt and Rivka Galchen.