Master of Fine Arts

in Creative and Writing

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (M.F.A.) is a limited-enrollment, academically rigorous, low residency two-year course of graduate studies for those aspiring to recover a faithful, theologically rich approach to the creative arts, particularly writing. All students will study biblical theology as a foundational element for developing the creative imagination as well as work closely with tutors on their creative writing projects. The two-year course is built around three one-week intensive (resident) workshops per year. The students are assigned specific creative and critical work to be completed between residences and handed in to set deadlines.

A Theologically Rich Approach to Creative Writing.

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Graduate Class Instructors

Doug Wilson

Senior Fellow of Theology

Nate Wilson

Program Director and Fellow of Literature

Jesse Hall

Assistant Director

Aaron Rench

Adjunct Faculty

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Program Overview

Requirements for Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Candidates for the M.F.A. degree must pass a total of 32 credits, with a minimum grade of MCH (B-) in each course. The M.F.A. degree requirements include:

  1. Three, two-credit Theological Foundation seminars: Biblical Theology (6 credits total).
  2. Eleven, two-credit M.F.A. writing seminars (22 credits total).
  3. Final M.F.A. Creative Writing Project – a completed novel (4 credits total).

Application for M.F.A.

Degree Calendar

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8-9:30 THE 501 - Seeing the Bible as one story (1/10) LIT 511 Film Workshop - Theory vs. Fiction (1/10) LIT 552 Polemics and Satire - Quietly into the night (1/10) LIT 511 Film Workshop - Beat Sheet Riot (3/10) THE 501 - The Gospel's Alive (3/10)
9:30-9:45 Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break
9:45-11:15 THE 501 - Seeing the Bible as one story (2/10) LIT 511 Film Workshop - Theory vs. Action (2/10) LIT 552 Polemics and Satire - Quietly into the night (1/10) LIT 511 Film Workshop - Beat Sheet Riot (4/10) THE 501 - The Gospel's Alive (4/10)
11:30-1 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1-2:30 LIT 531 Story Architecture - Chasing Vapor (1/10) LIT 532 Creative Nonfiction - More than meets the memory (1/10) LIT 531 Story Architecture - Perfect Plotting w/ NDW (3/10) LIT 550 Writing Workshop - Living through Stories (1/10) LIT 550 Writing Workshop - Poetic Prose (3/10) *(12:30 - 2:50)
2:30-2:45 Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break
2:45-4:15 LIT 531 Story Architecture - Chasing Vapor (2/10) LIT 532 Creative Nonfiction - More than meets the memory (2/10) LIT 531 Story Architecture - Perfect Plotting w/ NDW (4/10) LIT 550 Writing Workshop - Living through Stories (2/10) Disputatio *(3:00 - 4:30)
4:30-5:30 THEO 518 - Aesthetics & Judgment w/ DW C.S. Lewis Directed Readings THEO 518 - Aesthetics & Judgment w/ DW C.S. Lewis Directed Readings THEO 518 - Aesthetics & Judgment w/ DW *(5:00-6:00)

2019-2020 Calendar

Fall term

September 9, 2019 — First Week of Fall Term

October 14-18, 2019 — Intensive Week on Campus

December 19, 2019 — Fall Term Ends

Spring Term

January 13, 2020 — Spring Term Begins

February 10-14, 2020 — Intensive Week on Campus

April 17, 2020 — Spring Term Ends

Summer Term

June 1, 2020 — Summer Term Begins

June 8-12, 2020 — Intensive Week on Campus

August 28, 2020 — Summer Term Ends