The MFA in Creative Writing is a two-year co-educational low residency program designed for serious, independent writers seeking advanced instruction in fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction through a non-traditional course of graduate study. The program’s emphasis on the mastery and understanding of writing skills and contemporary literature and craft through the master-writer and apprentice mentoring relationship, offers students a stimulating and individually tailored curriculum of courses and projects.
The degree requires 48 hours of graduate credit completed during four 9-day residencies at Converse College, offered twice annually (summer and in January), four mentoring semesters, a fifth graduating residency, the completion of a substantive analytical project on literature or craft, and a book-length creative thesis and oral defense.
Converse draws energy for its MFA in Creative Writing program from the College’s long history of inspiring and developing award-winning undergraduate and graduate writers, such as Julia Peterkin, the only South Carolinian to win the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Recent Converse graduates have distinguished themselves with honors and awards including
During residencies and throughout the academic year, writers, editors and agents visit Converse to give public readings and to lead discussions on writing craft, publishing and literary editing. Recent visiting writers to the Converse campus include:
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