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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

Creative Writing

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.

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Upcoming Events

MFA Student Rainie Oet as Featured Reader

Feb 1, 2019, 7:00 PM

Downtown Writers Center at the YMCA of Syracuse; 340 Montgomery St, Syracuse, NY13202

MFA poetry student Rainie Oet will be a featured reader for their collection, No Mark Spiral....

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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 ...