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Online MFA in Writing: Fiction Concentration

Program overview

Turn Your Dream into a Career

Hone your fiction writing skills as you design your own curriculum across a range of courses – workshops, craft and literature classes – in the Fiction concentration of the online MFA in Writing program.

Hone your fiction writing skills as you design your own curriculum across a range of courses – workshops, craft and literature classes – in the Fiction concentration of the online MFA in Writing program.

Fast Facts

$495

per credit hour

48

credit hours

2

years to complete

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As you’re making your decision about pursuing an online degree, you are likely to have questions. From program information to details about the application process, we’re here to help you find the answers you need.

Enhance Your Creative Capabilities

As a student of the Fiction MFA program, you will have the opportunity to participate in workshops, literature classes, and craft classes to strengthen your writing and receive personalized feedback on your work. Our small classes help you grow in a supportive environment while learning from published writers. While some MFA coursework can be taken on-campus if preferred, there is no residency requirement for our fully online students.

Career Outlook: Profit from Your Creativity

The field of professional writing allows you to transform your creative ideas into realities. Take advantage of the flexibility in work location and schedule that professional writers, authors, and editors often have being self-employed.

With the online Fiction MFA in Writing program from Lindenwood University, you’ll develop the skills it takes to compel readers with creative works of fiction, plus the expertise to edit diverse works of literature effectively. When you graduate, you’ll have what it takes to pursue your passion and build a career that showcases your talent as a writer or editor.

Writer

$63,200/year

Writers create literary content to either be published by media companies or in the form of novels, textbooks, children’s books, and more. Many of these professionals are employed by marketing and media companies, while others are self-employed.

Editor

$61,370/year

Editors correct spelling, grammar, and accuracy mistakes in literary content before it is published. These professionals are often employed by media and marketing companies.

Curriculum: Skills to Enhance Your Talent

For the Fiction MFA program, you will customize your curriculum by selecting 48 credit hours of courses in your interests and foundational area of emphasis. Course options include instruction on classic foundational literature, craft skills, contemporary literature, and more. In addition, a graduate thesis course is required.

Course Spotlight: IMF 55100 Fiction Craft Foundations

This course is an in-depth study of foundational craft elements for writing literary short fiction. Elements include short story structure and plot arc; use of first, second, and third person in fiction; techniques for character development and effective description; use of dialogue; use of flashback scenes; and study of experimental fiction techniques. Includes theory and application through writing exercises. This course is highly recommended for students declaring a Fiction emphasis for the MFA in Writing degree.

Course Spotlight: IMF 58100 Contemporary Foundational Literature: Fiction

This course is an intensive survey and analysis of foundational contemporary literary fiction and its authors, including the study and practice of close-reading techniques. Authors studied will include emerging fiction writers currently publishing important works, as well as contemporary masters in the field of literary short fiction and the novel, such as Tobias Wolff, Alice Munro, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, and Toni Morrison. This course is highly recommended for students declaring a Fiction emphasis for the MFA in Writing degree.

Concentrations

MFA in Writing: Poetry

Enhance your poetry capabilities as you design your own curriculum and take advantage of workshops, craft classes, and literature classes in the online Poetry MFA in Writing program from Lindenwood University.

MFA in Writing: Creative Nonfiction

Explore writing alongside published authors with the online Creative Nonfiction MFA in Writing program from Lindenwood University.

Frequently Asked Questions

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With an MFA in Writing, you can seek a few roles. One obvious outcome is a career as a writer. However, you can specialize in technical or grant writing or even become an editor. You may also be able to pursue different roles within the publishing or online media industry, or teach college creative writing, composition, and literature classes.

You may transfer up to 9 credits to this program. Your credits must be applicable to the program’s curriculum, be from a regionally accredited college or university, and meet minimum GPA requirements.

A fine arts degree focuses on a specific visual or performing art, such as writing, painting, music, or graphic design. It is profession-based and concentrates less on the liberal arts than a typical master’s program.

Sources:

Career and salary information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.