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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

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"...

Yiyun Li Reading

Apr 4, 2018, 3:45 PM

Gifford Auditorium, Huntington Beard Crouse Hall

Yiyun Li is the 2018 Richard Elman Visiting Writer in the College of Arts and Sciences. She teaches at Princeton University and was selected by Granta as one of the 21 Best Young American Novelists un...

Latest News

MA Student Wins Essay Prize

Mar 8, 2018, 12:00 AM

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

PhD Student to Appear on Jeopardy!

Mar 5, 2018, 12:00 AM

Our PhD student Ashley O'Mara will be appearing on Jeopardy! on this Monday, March 12. Check your local time and station information. She was recently interviewed for SU News about the experience, and...