Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA

http://english.vcu.edu/mfa/

Small student to faculty ratio. 3 years of fully-funded GTAs with last year concentrating on thesis.  GTA experiences in teaching, publication, as well as coordinating national literary awards including the Levis Reading Prize and the Cabell First Novelist Award.

Degrees Offered

MFA

Genres

Fiction, Poetry, CNF

Residency type

Full

Program length

3 years

Part-time study

Yes

Financial Aid

Presently, all full-time students funded.

Teaching opportunities

MFA students are offered opportunities to teach 3 different undergrad clases including traditional comp/writing/rhetoric coursework (UNIV200), essay/CNF class (HONRS250) and an undergraduate creative writing course (ENG295)

Editorial opportunities

Graduate teaching assistantship (GTA) assignments may include working for the online literary magazine, Blackbird. One specialized GTA position dedicated to "Lead Associate Editor" positon, plus all MFA students may earn up to 6 credits interning for the magazine. Graduate level "literary editing and publishing" coursework also offered as well.

Cross-genre study

In addition to the poetry and fiction workshops, there are courses available that focus on writing drama, nonfiction, and screenplays, as well as courses that provide practical experience in editing. As of 2017, students may pursue of degree in multiple genres by choosing to enroll as a "Dual Genre" concentration.

Graduates

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