Master of Fine Arts
in Fiction, Literary Nonfiction, or Poetry

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is a low-residency program in creative writing that emphasizes a literary approach to exploring and redefining relationships between people and place. We take advantage of the North's boundless terrain to help writers discover their own place in the world. This philosophy encompasses a landscape of memory, family, and culture, making it possible to imagine anything and to write about it—from the local to the global, from the personal to the communal and from the unlimited mind to the infinite universe.

The MFA is a 45-credit degree program taken over a three-year period.  One course, worth five-credits each, is taken each semester for nine semesters.  The course work culminates in a book-length thesis of creative work accompanied by a critical essay and an annotated bibliography.  The accredited degree program offers studies in three genres: Fiction, Literary Nonfiction, and Poetry that will teach students how to master craft, read the classic works that define the evolution of their genre, and develop skills to balance the demands of life with the discipline of writing.


The Northern Renaissance Arts & Sciences Reading Series

The 2013 Northern Renaissance Arts & Sciences Reading Series was a great success with a visit from Chickasaw essayist, poet, and storyteller Linda Hogan as the Keynote Speaker.  The Series continued with readings by UAA's Department of Creative Writing and Literary Arts faculty and Distinguished Guest Lecturers: photographer Gary Freeburg and poet Joan Kane

Stay tuned for Keynote Speaker announcements regarding The 2014 Northern Renaissance Arts & Sciences Reading Series which will be held in Anchorage on the UAA campus (ARTS 150) from Sunday, July 13, 2014 through Tuesday, July 22, 2014.


2013 Series Readings Schedule 352


We all know that the power of a great poem is not that we felt that person expressed himself well.  We don't think that.  What we think is "How deeply I am touched."  That's our level of response.  And so a great poet does not express his or her self; he expresses all of our selves. ~Gary Snyder