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UNCG Student Learning Outcomes

Creative Writing (MFA)


The MFA in Creative Writing requires 36-48 semester hours and is offered to superior applicants who are preparing for careers in writing, publishing & editing, and teaching. The program permits specialization in the writing of fiction or the writing of poetry in small classes and a format conducive to individualized instruction. Full-time M.F.A. students may be appointed as graduate assistants or teaching assistants in the department. The most talented students are recommended for fellowships. M.F.A. Specific: Goal 1. To develop the technical strategies specific to the writing of fiction and poetry. Goal 2. To demonstrate a familiarity with the history and formal qualities of fiction and verse to inform the writing of literature. Goal 3. To use the study of composition theory and/or the history of rhetoric to improve teaching (if a TA). Goal 4. To develop professional expertise in the field of fiction or poetry in order to prepare for careers in writing or literary publishing. Goal 5. To improve professional development skills through such activities as fostering literary communities, participation in conferences, submissions for publication, or creation of materials suitable for an academic or literary publishing job search.

Learning Outcomes

Formal Qualities
Students will acquire an advanced understanding of the the basic forms of fiction/poetry as well as the various technical elements that make up fictional/poetic form to inform technical and thematic proficiency in their own work.

Professional Expertise
Students will demonstrate professional expertise through a polished collection of fiction or poetry that combines originality with a demonstrated understanding of style and structure.

Technical Strategies
Students will learn technical strategies specific to the writing of fiction or poetry.

Content Knowledge
Students will recognize and summarize the multiple genres and forms of Fiction or Poetry.

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