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We call our curriculum “English and Textual Studies” (ETS) to acknowledge the breadth and diversity of the texts we study. The department’s creative writing courses will develop your skills as a writer of poetry and fiction and help you become a critical reader of your own work.

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The Department of English at Syracuse University offers three graduate programs: a Master's degree of Fine Arts in creative writing, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English.


Creative Writing

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The three-year M.F.A. program in Creative Writing gives promising fiction writers and poets an opportunity to practice their art with dedicated fellow writers. This close-knit community is committed to addressing the challenges of the literary process and concentrates on the craft and quality of literary writing.

Creative Writing
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Upcoming Events

Tarfia Faizullah Reading

Feb 28, 2018, 3:45 PM

Gifford Auditorium, Huntington Beard Crouse Hall

Tarfia Faizullah's debut poetry collection, "Seams", won a VIDA Award, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, the Milton Kessler First Book Award and the Drake University Emergin...

T.J. Jarrett Reading

Mar 21, 2018, 3:45 PM

Gifford Auditorium, Huntington Beard Crouse Hall

T.J. Jarrett was awarded the 2017 George Garrett New Writing Award by the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She is the author of "Zion", winner of the Crab Orchard Open Competition, and "Ain't No Grave"...

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George Saunders Wins Man Booker Prize

Oct 18, 2017, 3:30 PM

Congratulations to George Saunders, who has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for his first full-length novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, in a ceremony broadcast by the BBC. Read m...