Re-entry & Resiliency Plan (updated 3/3/21)
You can develop your author’s voice and explore your creativity with an MFA in Creative Writing with a fiction focus. You can write historical fiction, flash fiction and young adult fiction. Experienced, published faculty will guide you on your writing journey in a supportive literary community.
As few as 5 semesters
On campus, some online
Carlow’s MFA in fiction program includes four 11-day residencies in Pittsburgh and Dublin, Ireland, that feature workshops, master classes and mentor conferences. In a required practicum, you will work on a writing and reading plan and submit work for critique, review and collaborative feedback.
By the end of the program, you will produce and defend a publishable, book-length fiction manuscript. Lectures and readings in all genres are also available.
Career opportunities for those with creative writing degrees range from writing to social media to working in publishing. The creative thinking skills you will cultivate in this program are highly sought by employers.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for writers and authors is expected to decline 2% over the next 10 years, but many authors leverage their skill sets in freelance capacities, or go on to become postsecondary teachers. The employment rate for postsecondary teachers is expected to increase 9% over the next 10 years.
Fall & Spring