Creative Writing and Literature
Master’s Degree Program
Hone your unique voice and dive deep into the study of storytelling with an MFA in creative writing and literature from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. UAF's rigorous three-year program prepares MFA creative writing students to become engaging teachers, critical thinkers and fearless writers dedicated to the art of storytelling.
Work with published faculty members one-on-one and in courses focusing on fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and dramatic writing. Gain invaluable experience in editing and publishing with editorial opportunities offered through the University of Alaska Press and the graduate student-run journal, Permafrost.
In your second year, you’ll take a comprehensive exam to show you've mastered a wide variety of literature in your chosen area: fiction, nonfiction, poetry or screenwriting and drama. In your third year, you’ll work closely with faculty mentors to prepare your manuscript for thesis defense and eventual publication.
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Why Earn a Creative Writing MFA at UAF?
Thrive as a writer and thinker in one of the most underrated and best MFA creative writing programs in the country. Here are just some of the benefits of choosing to study creative writing and literature at UAF.
Attending UAF’s MFA program was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for both my writing and personal growth. There’s such a strong, authentic sense of community within this space—which is such a rare thing to find—and the experiences I had here were so transformational for my work. Maeve Kirk, MFA, 2018, PhD candidate at Texas Tech University
My time at UAF placed me in the perfect supportive community of writers that I still workshop with and rely on today. I had the space to push genre boundaries, and discover my identity as a writing teacher, as well as an endless supply of story ideas from the surrounding landscape.Megan Mericle, MFA 2017, PhD student in English and Writing Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
What Can You Do with an MFA Creative Writing degree?
Few degrees are as versatile as creative writing and literature master’s programs. In addition to writing and publishing your work, you have myriad career-path options—such as professional writer, reporter, editor and teacher. Many graduates go on to top doctoral programs and work in academia.
As one of the oldest MFA creative writing programs in the nation, we’ve helped hundreds of writers find meaningful and rewarding careers. UAF MFA creative writing graduates have gone on to publish dozens of books and win national recognition. They’ve earned NEA fellowships, The Whiting Award and the Flannery O’Conner Award for Short Fiction. In addition, UAF writers have appeared in The New York Times’s list of notable books.
How much do MFA creative writing graduates make? Based on recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, writers and authors earn a median salary of $67,120 a year.
Explore MFA Creative Writing Classes
We believe that building a strong foundation as a writer starts with reading. That’s why you can take literature seminars ranging from Old and Middle English British literature to contemporary literature, ensuring that you have a solid grasp on the rich history of your discipline. Combine these seminars with workshops and genre-specific classes to help you hone your voice and improve your writing.
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