Creative Writing

Major: Creative Writing
Degree Awarded: Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 23.1302
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
27-3043

About the Program

With a duel focus on writing for production (screen-writing) and writing for publication (fiction), the new Drexel M.F.A. is the only Low-Residency M.F.A. located in the city of Philadelphia. The Drexel M.F.A. combines the teaching of craft with hands-on exposure to the professional machinery of industry. As a leader in Experiential Education, Drexel is uniquely positioned to offer students this Experiential MFA, in which students are encouraged to engage with the world in order to best reflect upon it, write stories worth telling, and embark upon successful careers.

M.F.A. students undertake an intensive two-year process of story creation, critique, revision, and career preparation. Students take part in on-line workshops, reading tutorials, and one-on-one packet exchanges with notable published writers. Three times during the M.F.A. students gather with professors in intensive residences. Fiction writers convene in New York to meet with publishers, agents and editors. Screenwriters gather in L.A. to meet with agents, directors, and producers. Accomplished authors and screenwriters lead workshops and give craft talks at all residencies. Writers of both genres will gather in craft retreats in a distinctive location and a culminating graduation residency on campus.

This degree actively provides students with tools and skills needed to forge professional ties and rewarding careers in creative writing, thus leveraging Drexel’s historical approach to education, which is experiential and career focused. To this end, the Drexel M.F.A. provides students with opportunities to learn teaching pedagogy and to take part in one-of-a-kind community-based-learning experiences, designed to spark creativity, make a positive impact in the world, and put tools in students’ hands for post-M.F.A. employment.

Graduates will be equipped to create and market their own books and screenplays. Graduates will also be prepared to seek work in television and theater production, literary magazines, literary marketplace publications and conference organizers, publishing houses, literary retreat centers, community-based-writing organizations, and in literary agencies.

Drexel Graduate Creative Writing sets forth as a founding principle that art and industry are essential partners when it comes to improving the human condition.

Additional Information

For more information, contact:

Nomi Eve
Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of English and Philosophy
nae28@drexel.edu
 

Admission Requirements

Admissions Criteria

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university

Required Documents

  • A completed application
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
  • Personal statement (250-500 words) addressing
    • Your experience with creative writing thus far
    • Why you are seeking an MFA
  • Writing Sample - Please provide 20-25 double-spaced pages, in Word or PDF file, of one of the following:
    • Completed short story
    • Collection of flash fiction
    • Novel-in-progress
    • Screenplay
  • Additional requirements for International Students

Optional Documents for Teaching Fellowships

If you are interested in pursuing an optional teaching fellowship while in the MFA program, please send the following to Nomi Eve, Program Director, at nae28@drexel.edu by the application deadline.

  • One letter of recommendation addressing the applicant's suitability to teaching
  • 2-5 page persuasive or informative essay or a published article that demonstrates your excellence in expository writing
    • Document must be double spaced, in MLA format, and sent as a Word or PDF file

An in-person or virtual interview will be requested once all materials are received.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
CW 500Reading as a Writer (Fiction)3.0
CW 501Reading as a Writer (Genre Authors) 3.0
CW 550Fiction Writing On-Line Workshop 3.0
or CW 655 Fiction Writing In-Person Workshop
CW 600Creative Writing Craft Residency3.0
CW 602MFA Creative Writing Graduation Residency 3.0
CW 690Thesis Development 1.0
SCRP 500Reading as a Screenwriter3.0
SCRP 550Screenwriting Workshop3.0
Track - Choose One17.0
Fiction Writers
Fiction Writing Packet Exchange I
Fiction Writing Packet Exchange II
Professional Residency in New York
Thesis Packet Exchange I
Thesis Packet Exchange II
Screenwriters
Screenwriting Packet Exchange I
Screenwriting Packet Exchange II
Professional Residency in Los Angeles
Thesis in Screenwriting I
Thesis in Screenwriting II
Electives6.0
Select two of the following:
Creative Writing Intensive Course Abroad
Writing Pedagogy
Independent Study in Creative Writing
Independent Study in Creative Writing
Community Based Learning Independent Study
Special Topics in Creative Writing
Special Topics in Creative Writing
Book Publishing
Small Press Development
Special Topics in Publishing
Writing for Television
Independent Study In Screenwriting
Independent Study In Screenwriting
Special Topics in Screenwriting
Special Topics in Screenwriting
Total Credits45.0

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
CW 550Fiction Writing On-Line Workshop 3.0
CW 600Creative Writing Craft Residency3.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 2
SCRP 500Reading as a Screenwriter3.0
SCRP 550Screenwriting Workshop3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
CW 500Reading as a Writer (Fiction)3.0
CW 555
or SCRP 555
Fiction Writing Packet Exchange I
Screenwriting Packet Exchange I
3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 4
CW 601
or SCRP 601
Professional Residency in New York
Professional Residency in Los Angeles
3.0
CW 556
or SCRP 556
Fiction Writing Packet Exchange II
Screenwriting Packet Exchange II
3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 5
CW 690Thesis Development 1.0
CW 501Reading as a Writer (Genre Authors) 3.0
 Term Credits4.0
Term 6
CW 691
or SCRP 691
Thesis Packet Exchange I
Thesis in Screenwriting I
4.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits7.0
Term 7
CW 692
or SCRP 692
Thesis Packet Exchange II
Thesis in Screenwriting II
4.0
CW 602MFA Creative Writing Graduation Residency 3.0
 Term Credits7.0
Total Credit: 45.0
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