Students enroll in a workshop and two seminars during each of their first three semesters.
at Vanderbilt is a three-year program requiring four semesters of graduate work in writing workshops and seminars.
Every student in the MFA program receives full-tuition remission, health insurance, and a stipend in addition to the salary they receive for teaching.
Students are also eligible to receive travel grants to attend the AWP Conference (and other academic conferences).
Students in the MFA program work harmoniously and productively with students and faculty in the English Department’s doctoral program. The English Department’s faculty welcomes MFA students into their literature classes.
The English Department’s Graduate Reading Series, which takes place during the spring semester, features the work of one MFA student and one Ph. The inaugural issue of , a literary journal edited by students in the MFA program, appeared in Spring 2010.
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Then during the final semester, they work intensively on a creative thesis.
The thesis is a substantial piece of creative writing: a novel, a collection of short stories or creative non-fiction, or a collection of poems.
Second-year students teach an introductory creative writing workshop in their genre.