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Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

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    Kai Harris
    When I started grad school, I didn’t have much direction. I knew I loved reading and writing, but I wasn’t sure where that could take me. During my time in the English graduate program at Belmont University, I discovered that I wanted to be an author, and I wrote the story that eventually became my first novel. I will forever be grateful for my time in the program because it taught me to never give up on my dreams, and showed me that I am capable of more than I ever imagined.


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Reading and writing are acts of love and survival pursued for the intense pleasures of creativity and imagination, and for the human need to communicate. In the MFA in Creative Writing* at Belmont, courses are designed to build on strengths and knowledge from students’ undergraduate experiences, to broaden their awareness of literature and writing, and to prepare them for the life of a writer. The graduate faculty is committed to fostering the skills of critical reading as well as creative writing, and to increasing student expertise in their chosen genre of study: fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. The pursuit of an MFA in Creative Writing may begin as a place to hone your craft as a writer, and many successful career novelists and freelance writers graduate from MFA programs. The intensive writing experience of an MFA also trains students for a variety of careers in journalism, marketing, public relations, arts administration, publishing, library science, content creation, and education.  

Goals  of Belmont’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing:

  1. promotes effective, creative, and reflective reading, writing, and imaginative thinking;
  2. presents literature and the craft of writing within historical and cultural contexts;
  3. introduces students to diverse strategies for interpreting literature of others and of their own;
  4. explores with students the structures, complexities, and development of creative writing genres;
  5. integrates local and global learning experiences into the curriculum taught by working writers;
  6. requires students to develop the skills necessary to be a working writer by employing current professional standards and emerging technologies–and to think critically about these resources and tools;
  7. engages students in independent research and long-term writing projects, such as a thesis.

We welcome you to explore what the MFA in Creative Writing at Belmont University can provide. We would love for you to join our community of working writers, guided by faculty members who are accomplished writers themselves and who will guide you toward being writers who engage with their core beliefs–intellectually, spiritually, and personally–in order to serve, “to engage and transform the world,” with humility, as a reflection both of who you are and the stories you must learn to tell.

 *pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

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