Online Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
48 credit hours | In-state tuition: $490/credit hour | Out-of-state tuition: $575/credit hour
- One of the only 100% online MFAs in Creative Writing
- Designed for writers with great talent and drive in fiction and poetry who need a master’s in Creative Writing to teach at University level
- Provides access to a stellar faculty including world-renowned poets and fiction writers
Why Creative Writing at UTEP?
The online Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is the only one of its kind and single-minded in its focus to help students become better writers at their own pace. We do this by creating an exclusive community that includes well-known literary personalities and published authors; students also learn the practical skills needed to hone their craft.
This is a highly competitive program for serious writers with the potential for great literary significance.
A master’s degree in creative writing is perfect for students who
- Work full-time and want to go on to pursue a career in writing or teaching at the university level
- Are serious writers who want to publish
- Need to learn strategies to become better writers
- Want to be a part of an international community of writers without borders
We also offer an optional low-residency opportunity every summer in Europe, in such cities as London, Paris, and Madrid. The UTEP Career Center provides graduates with resources to help them pursue their career goals.
Our student success initiative, the UTEP Edge, develops upon students’ assets through a variety of high-impact experiences. These experiences are designed to improve student skills and give UTEP students a competitive advantage as they move forward in their lives and careers. Our goal as a campus is to provide these UTEP Edge experiences to all students, regardless of their area of study, so they will graduate with a competitive advantage over their peers. These are the Edge experiences Creative Writing students will have and the Edge skills they will graduate with:
- Online Experiences
- Creative Activities
- Research and Scholarly Activities
- Learning Communities
- Study Abroad/Study Away
- Social Responsibility
- Global Awareness
- Critical Thinking
- Problem Solving
"I am actively trying to publish my first novel." - David Place, GraduateMEET MORE STUDENTS
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Learn With Award-Winning Faculty
Our department is filled with world-renowned, award-winning, bilingual faculty who bring their talent to the classroom; among our ranks are Andrea Cote Botero, José de Piérola, Tim Z. Hernandez, Sasha R. Pimentel, Jeff Sirkin, Lex Williford, Sylvia A. Zéleny and Daniel Chacón. We currently have two visiting faculty members: Jessica Powers and JD Pluecker, who teach children's/YA literature and poetry respectively. In the past, we have had award-winning writers who have served as visiting faculty and shared their expertise with our students:this list includes Natalie Diaz, Laurie Ann Guerrero, Heather Hartley and Carolina Ebeid.
MEET TIM HERNANDEZ, an award-winning writer and performance artist and assistant professor in the MFA in Creative Writing program at UTEP. He teaches Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry. He also teaches foundational courses, such as Narrative Theory & Poetics, as well as more specialized courses, like Variable Topics: Turning Research Into Writing, Antropoesia, and Social Action Writing.
The online Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a highly competitive program that requires a total of 48 semester credit hours; this includes 42 semester credit hours of workshops and literature classes, and six hours of thesis during which students complete a publishable manuscript in poetry or fiction.
A detailed list of courses is available at https://www.utep.edu/liberalarts/creative-writing/academic-programs/online/curriculum.html
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