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Department of English Language and Literature

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MFA Program

Our three-year MFA offers students the intimacy of a small program along with award-winning faculty, unique professional development opportunities, and world-class visiting writers.

Letter from the Director >>
The MFA community at UofSC is inviting and dynamic, a good place for a writer or poet to evolve, experiment, learn, compose, and live.

Program Faculty >>
Our MFA faculty have been awarded the National Book Award, the Pen Open Book Award, and the Iowa Poetry Prize among other honors.

Alumni & Current Students >>
Updates on publications, fellowships, and other accomplishments from our alumni and current students.

Application Process >>
Here are the details of our admission criteria, application process, and funding. Applications are due by January 1.

Degree Requirements >>
The MFA is a three-year, 45-hour program, culminating in a book-length creative thesis.

Split P >>
Our signature creative writing outreach program sends MFA students to local public schools to teach poetry and fiction to kids.

Yemassee >>
Established in 1993, Yemassee is our MFA-run literary journal.

Writers’ Series >>
Hear acclaimed authors read their work in person at The Open Book, the Fall Literary Festival, and other series. Visiting writers give master classes exclusive to our MFA students.

FAQ >>
Answers to commonly asked questions about the application process.

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