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Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
The M.F.A. in Creative Writing is designed to offer students an opportunity to concentrate more intensively on their writing and to choose, from a wider selection, those courses that will best help them develop as writers. The M.F.A. program does not have a foreign language requirement. This program is recommended for students who may want to apply for creative writing positions at colleges and universities, which often require the M.F.A. degree.
Requirements for the Master of Fine Arts degree include the completion of 32 points (eight 4-point courses) and the following specific requirements: (1) Four graduate creative writing workshops taken in four separate semesters (16 points). (2) One to four craft courses (The Craft of Poetry, CRWRI-GA 1950, or The Craft of Fiction, CRWRI-GA 1960), taught by members of the CWP faculty. Craft courses may be repeated provided they are taught by different instructors (4 to 16 points). (3) Any remaining courses chosen from any department with the permission of that department and of the director of the CWP. (4) A creative special project in poetry or fiction, consisting of a substantial piece of writing—a novella, a collection of short stories, or a group of poems—to be submitted in the student’s final semester. The project requires the approval of the student’s faculty adviser and of the director of the CWP.
To qualify for the degree, a student must have a GPA of at least 3.0, must complete a minimum of 24 points with a grade of B or better, and may offer no more than 8 points with a grade of C (no more than 4 points with a grade of C in creative writing workshops). A student may take no more than 36 points toward the degree.
The M.F.A. degree may also be earned through the Low Residency M.F.A. Writers Workshop in Paris. Under this model, degree requirements remain the same, although Craft courses and Workshops take the form of individualized courses of study with the faculty, including four packet exchanges of student work per semester. All students earning the M.F.A. degree through the low-residency program must also participate in five ten-day residencies in Paris, which involve a diverse series of series of readings, special events, faculty mentorship meetings, and professional development panels.
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Creative writing experiments.
Creative Writing Experiments provides a foundation in at least two genres or areas of creative writing (i.e. fiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, creative nonfiction, literary journalism, memoir, and/or translation). The conversations and writing assignments will be guided by a reading list that emphasizes modern and contemporary global voices. Students will write extensively and participate in workshops as they experiment with various forms and techniques. They’ll look at published works alongside student works-in-progress to better understand the strategies of creative writing. The goal is for students to practice and refine techniques drawn from a diversity of approaches, explore them through their own creative pieces, and to leave the class with a heightened appreciation for the complexity of making creative works.
Creative Writing Studio
Creative Writing Studio provides a focused workshop in one genre or area of creative writing (i.e. fiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, creative nonfiction, literary journalism, memoir, or translation) with an emphasis on modern and contemporary global writing. The course situates creative practices within the cultural context that shaped the particular genre or area of creative writing at the center of the course—in fiction, for example, magical realism and its ties to Latin America, the varied approaches to memoir across different cultures, or the haiku or tanka and its connection to Japan and East Asia. Central to the course is the development of students’ own creative skills and practices. Students will write extensively and participate in workshops as they explore various approaches and techniques. They will look at published works alongside peer drafts to better understand the craft. The goal is for students to become more skilled at writing and revising creative pieces of their own, and to leave the course with a stronger understanding of the strategies, elements, and imaginative possibilities of one area of creative writing.
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Published September 13, 2023
A Tale of Three Cities: NYU’s Summer Creative Writing Programs
- Aspiring writers can spend a month honing their craft in Paris, Florence, or New York City.
- These summer programs are open to current NYU undergrads as well as visiting students.
- Writers immerse themselves in their cities and learn from leading literary and creative minds.
Writers draw inspiration from their own experiences, and for many, global cities become their muse. At NYU, aspiring poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers can enroll in a monthlong immersive summer program through the College of Arts and Science . Participants choose between Paris, Florence, and New York City, and then hone their creative writing skills against the backdrop of an iconic city. Below, three aspiring wordsmiths share their experiences living a writer’s life.
Enjoy a Moveable Feast in Paris
NYU English and American Literature major Isean Bhalla chose to study in Paris because a friend completed the program and loved it. Their endorsement? “‘It was the greatest month of my life,’ word for word,” Isean recalls. “Plus, one does not say no to Paris. Ever.” Reflecting back, Isean credits growing as a creative writer to the program’s high-quality faculty and “excellent” nightly readings from “world-class writers.” “It gave me a greater understanding of my own voice as well as things I want to write about in the future,” Isean affirms.
Most importantly, however, Writers in Paris connected Isean to an inspiring community that was rich in writing talent and friendship. “The program put me in constant contact with other writers who were better than I was. They pushed me in ways I couldn’t. Being around writers 24/7 doesn’t sound like it’s that important, but I found it more stimulating for my writing than anything else. That’s all anyone ever talked about or thought about. So we’d feed off each other and get better.” And, of course, being in Paris didn’t hurt. Isean says, “Paris is a muse; Paris has always been a muse; and I suspect Paris will always be a muse.”
Get a Room with a View in Florence
Katherine Ertman always considered writing a hobby, but after attending Writers in Florence , she realized it could be a career. The NYU Vocal Performance major is training to be an opera singer, but in Florence, she found that “writing my own stories instead of performing stories written by others was a refreshing experience.” In fact, Katherine spent the past summer completing a Creative Writing minor by enrolling in both Writers in Florence and Writers in Paris. “It seemed like an amazing opportunity to complete all 16 credits while exploring two inspiring European cities,” she explains.
In Florence Katherine drew inspiration from a day trip to Castello di Fosdinovo, a Tuscan medieval castle. In Paris she attended readings by renowned authors outside the iconic Shakespeare and Company bookstore. “The locations really influenced me, and I ended up writing a few stories set in both locations,” Katherine says. In the end, she urges anyone interested to enroll, even if they’ve never shared their creative writing with others. “Just try it!” she exclaims. “Writing was a hobby for me, and I went in without any prior workshop experience. Also, I was intimidated because I’m not an English major. However, my fears were unfounded because the faculty and students alike were so supportive. It’s an experience I wouldn’t trade for the world.”
A Writer Grows in New York City
Esmé Warmuth grew up close to New York City, admiring the city from afar but never spending much time there. So when the English major learned that she could join NYU’s Writers in New York program as a visiting student , she jumped at the chance. “I’ve been a longtime admirer of NYU’s creative writing faculty,” she adds. Living in Greenwich Village, Esmé connected with published authors, literary agents, and magazine editors, gaining valuable professional experience. She particularly enjoyed a panel with program alumni. “It was helpful to hear from authors who had started where we were and wound up with book deals, jobs teaching creative writing, and overall successful careers,” she explains.
During her month in New York City, Esmé sharpened her skills as a writer and gained confidence in her abilities. “Receiving, giving, and listening to advice in class helped me grow my craft and gave me the opportunity to share my writing with a receptive and positive audience,” she says. All in all, the experience was better than she could have imagined. “The Writers in New York program was like nothing I ever experienced before,” she concludes. “Being among students my age who were just as passionate about books and writing as I am was wonderful. Plus, everyone came in with a great attitude and a willingness to learn. I’m very grateful.”
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This summer, immerse yourself in the craft of creative writing with fellow young authors in a pre-college environment. Learn from an industry expert as you transform your ideas and stories into compelling writing. Develop the techniques that are fundamental to all types of fiction writing—literary fiction, dystopian fantasies, fairy tales, and mysteries—and refine your skills in story structure, character development, description, and dialogue. Students will also experience lectures, interact with noted authors, and receive information on how to turn your passion into a career. Gain exposure to workshopping your writing with constructive feedback, ultimately walking away with a variety of short creative pieces ranging from poems, stories, and scenes, to collage texts and flash fiction.
- High school students who have completed grades 9, 10, or 11
- High school students interested in strengthening creative writing skills
You'll Walk Away With
- Refinement of your creative writing, including narrative arc, world-building, authentic dialogue, and character development
- A portfolio of peer-critiqued short stories
- An NYU transcript showing grade(s) earned upon completion of the course (Please note: No college credit or certificate of completion is granted for this course.)
Students from around the world attend NYU summer programs, but only a college prep program like High School Academy provides the opportunity to explore both traditional and emerging career paths.
Projects and short assignments provide take-aways that prepare you for college classroom work, while demonstrating your newly acquired skills.
Career Edge Schedule
Start Date : July 10, 2023 End Date : July 14, 2023
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Session 6 (Commuter Only and Limited Online Courses)*
Start Date : August 14, 2023 End Date : August 18, 2023 * No Housing/Dining available this week
Applications for Summer 2024 will become available in early 2024!
Application Requirements and Fees
To apply you must have successfully completed grades 9,10, or 11. You must submit the online application, a 250-500 word essay, and an official high school transcript. Essay Topic: Please describe why you would like to take your selected course(s). Please include any previous courses you've taken in this subject or previous experiences with this subject. Give more detail as to why you would like to take this course over the summer. Your response should be 250-500 words total. If selecting multiple courses, please contain all responses to a single essay.
Fees for Summer 2023
Application Fee: $25 (non-refundable) $2,395 Tuition $100 fees Total cost per course: $2,495 Housing & Dining Fees: $607 per week* * Housing & Dining Fees still being finalized Please note: No financial aid, scholarships, or discounts are available for Career Edge
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The Writing Center is a place where any NYU student can get help with his or her writing. The Writing Center is part of NYU's Expository Writing Program in the College of Arts and Science. It is a place where one-on-one teaching and learning occur, as students work closely with professional consultants at every stage of the writing process and on any piece of writing except for exams.
We also now offer the Remote Writing Center for NYU's Global Students that offers interactive writing consultation via Google's video chat and document sharing functions for all students in the Global network.
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Register for the 2023 National Book Awards Finalist Reading
The National Book Foundation and the NYU Creative Writing Program present readings by each of the 2023 National Book Award Finalists
Each year, the Finalists in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature gather the evening before the National Book Awards Ceremony to read excerpts from their honored works. To learn more about the 2023 National Book Awards Finalists, click here .
The 2023 National Book Awards Finalist Reading will be hosted by Parul Sehgal , staff writer at The New Yorker .
The event will be presented in person at NYU Skirball and livestreamed. Purchase tickets here on NYU Skirball’s website. If you’re unable to attend in person, please register for the livestream on the National Book Foundation’s website.
Doors will open at 6:30pm, and the program will begin at 7:00pm EST.
Presented in partnership with the NYU Creative Writing Program.
- Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah , Chain-Gang All-Stars
- Aaliyah Bilal , Temple Folk
- Paul Harding , This Other Eden
- Hanna Pylväinen , The End of Drum-Time
- Justin Torres , Blackouts
- Ned Blackhawk , The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of U.S. History
- Cristina Rivera Garza , Liliana’s Invincible Summer: A Sister’s Search for Justice
- Christina Sharpe , Ordinary Notes
- Raja Shehadeh , We Could Have Been Friends, My Father and I: A Palestinian Memoir
- John Vaillant , Fire Weather: A True Story from a Hotter World
- John Lee Clark , How to Communicate
- Craig Santos Perez , from unincorporated territory [åmot]
- Evie Shockley , suddenly we
- Brandon Som , Tripas
- Monica Youn , From From
Translated Literature Finalists:
- Bora Chung and translator Anton Hur , Cursed Bunny
- David Diop and translator Sam Taylor , Beyond the Door of No Return
- Stênio Gardel and translator Bruna Dantas Lobato , The Words That Remain
- Pilar Quintana and translator Lisa Dillman , Abyss
- Astrid Roemer and translator Lucy Scott , On a Woman’s Madness
Young People’s Literature Finalists:
- Kenneth M. Cadow , Gather
- Huda Fahmy , Huda F Cares?
- Vashti Harrison , Big
- Katherine Marsh , The Lost Year: A Survival Story of the Ukrainian Famine
- Dan Santat , A First Time for Everything
(Finalists will not appear in this order)
Update as of Monday, October 30: We’re so honored that Parul Sehgal will join us to host the 2023 Finalist Reading; unfortunately, Amber Ruffin can no longer join us due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict.
ABOUT PARUL SEHGAL
Parul Sehgal is a staff writer at The New Yorker . She was previously a book critic at the New York Times , where she also worked as a senior editor and columnist. She has won awards for her criticism from the New York Press Club, the National Book Critics Circle, and the Robert B. Silvers Foundation. She teaches in the graduate creative writing program at New York University.
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