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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.

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Upcoming Events

The Raymond Carver Reading Series welcomes poet Solmaz Sharif

Sep 20, 2017, 3:45 PM

Gifford Auditorium, Huntington Beard Crouse

The Raymond Carver Reading Series welcomes poet Solmaz Sharif on Wednesday, September 20. The reading starts at 5:30 p.m. in Gifford Auditorium with a Q&A beginning at 3:45. The event is free and open...

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George Saunders Shortlisted for Man Booker Prize

Sep 15, 2017, 4:15 PM

George Saunders has been shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for his first full-length novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. He is just one of six authors shortlisted for the prize. Winners w...

Alumnus Longlisted for National Book Award

Sep 13, 2017, 12:00 PM

Chen Chen (G'15), a graduate of our MFA in Creative Writing program, has been longlisted for the prestigious National Book Awards for his debut collection of poetry, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a...