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Creative Writing and Literary Arts M.F.A.

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    Creative Writing and Literary Arts M.F.A.

    Follow your passion for writing, literature and creative discovery by studying in the only low-residency M.F.A. program in Alaska.

Explore the creative writing and literary arts master’s degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

The M.F.A. in creative writing and literary arts teaches you how to master craft elements, critique classic works in your chosen genre and balance a writing career with life demands.

Creative writing and literary arts scholarships and financial aid
As an M.F.A. student, you may qualify for a variety of scholarships and awards to help you pay for graduate school. Visit the UAA Office of Financial Aid to learn more about opportunities such as the Eva Saulitis Memorial Scholarship and the Jason Wenger Awards for Excellence in Thesis.

Program schedule
Commit to your writing without moving away from your home, family or job. Over nine semesters, you will have a variety of opportunities to work through UAA’s hybrid program delivery, including a yearly residency on UAA’s Anchorage campus and six semesters of mentorship in distance learning courses.

Summer residency
UAA’s low-residency M.F.A. in creative writing emphasizes a literary approach to exploring and redefining relationships between people and place. The two-week, intensive summer residency, with the backdrop of Alaska’s boundless terrain, helps you discover your place in the world.

Creative Writing and Literary Arts M.F.A.

Degree Type:

  • Master

Concentration: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction

Program Length: 3 years, plus 1 semester (45 credits)

Availability:Anchorage campus

Did you know..

Graduate students in UAA’s creative writing and literary arts M.F.A. program have completed practicum projects in collaboration with the University of Alaska Press, High Plains Press, Words and War, Alaska Humanities Forum, Alaska Women Speak, Juneau Public Library, Hiland Mountain Correctional Center, Bellingham Vet Center and more.

What can you do with a creative writing degree from UAA?

Prepare for writing jobs and careers in a wide variety of fields, from publishing and media to education and business.

Creative writing careers

  • Writer or author
  • Book editor or reviewer
  • Reporter or correspondent
  • Teacher or coach

Creative writing and literary arts master’s degree program highlights

Explore historical context, traditions and contemporary issues in form and theory while producing a major body of work for publication.

  • Design your own project through a literary practicum. You will plan, organize and present works or projects of literary and public value. For example, past graduate students have created and led writers’ workshops, joined editorial boards or literary journal review panels, volunteered for nonprofit organizations and worked with students as instructors and writing coaches.
  • Prepare and present a thesis of publishable quality in your chosen genre. Your thesis will include an original book-length work, a thesis essay contextualizing your work within its genre and an annotated bibliography.
  • Collaborate with a faculty mentor. Program faculty are established teachers and writers with national reputations and numerous published works. During your mentorship, you will read from works selected by you and your mentor and produce original works.

Amazing stories from creative writing and literary arts majors

I have no doubt that I would not be the writer I am today were it not for the mentorship and guidance I received as a UAA MFA student.

Matthew Komatsu
M.F.A. Creative Writing and Literary Arts ’17, Recipient of the Alaska Literary Award for Nonfiction 2017 and Pulitzer Center Grant Awardee 2018
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The nationally recognized Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference in Homer, Alaska. The AWP Conference, with presentations, readings, panels, craft lectures and a book fair, is the largest literary conference in North America.

Writing Conferences for Credit
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UAA’s Department of Creative Writing and Literary Arts hosts evening readings on the Anchorage campus every evening of the summer residency and on occasion throughout the year. Engage with distinguished literary, visual and performing artists, as well as scientific and cultural leaders.

Creative writing and literary arts master’s degree program curriculum

The University of Alaska Anchorage’s M.F.A. in creative writing and literary arts emphasizes relationships between people and place, landscape, nature, science and the arts. In a studio model that combines craft with form and theory, you will participate in residency sessions each year of the program on the Anchorage campus.

Residency sessions include an intensive schedule of workshops, classes, readings and presentations, as well as annual guests from related disciplines, such as artists, musicians, cultural leaders, scientists and scholars. During the final year of residency, you will present a colloquium and perform your own public reading.

Top classes for creative writing and literary arts majors

  • Graduate Writer’s Workshop in Poetry, Fiction or Literary Nonfiction
  • Studies in Form and Theory