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The Department of English at Syracuse University


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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
George SaundersGeorge Saunders Wins Man Booker PrizeAngela KoJuly 2017 Alumni of the Month! Angela Ko (2014)Mary Karr in front of a classroomMary KarrStudents in a classroom watching a videoETS Career WorkshopAdam KozaczkaAdam Kozaczka receives inaugural Hughes Memorial Fellowship

Upcoming Events

Julie Otsuka Reading

Apr 25, 2018, 3:45 PM

Gifford Auditorium, Huntington Beard Crouse Hall

Julie Otsuka is a recipient of the PEN/Faulker Award, the Asian American Literary Award, the American Library Association Alex Award, France's Prix Femina Etranger, and Arts and Letters Award in Liter...

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PhD Candidate wins Mary Hatch Marshall Award

Mar 28, 2018, 12:00 AM

Congratulations to our PhD candidate T.J. West III who has won the ...

MA Student Wins Essay Prize

Mar 8, 2018, 12:00 AM

Our MA student Mark Muster took home the best essay prize at ...