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UT Announces Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Published: February 01, 2011

Beginning in January 2012, The University of Tampa will offer a low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program.

The program is a two-year, four-semester course of study. Students attend four 10-day working residencies on campus, capped off by a fifth, culminating residency. Each residency is followed by a five-month, one-on-one tutorial with a faculty mentor. As part of the requirements for the degree, students will complete a substantial manuscript of original work in a selected genre.

The program’s inaugural residency will be held Jan. 5-14, 2012.

According to Donald Morrill, associate dean of the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies, the program is designed to help poets, fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers advance their command of craft through exposure to literature from a writerly perspective and with supportive critique and mentoring.

“The program offers small workshops with personal attention, a passionate literary community of encouraging mentors and peers, and a beautiful campus,” Morrill said. “UT is home to inspiration that can last a lifetime.“

Inaugural program faculty include Morrill, John Capouya, assistant professor of English; Erica Dawson, assistant professor of English; Richard Matthews, Dana professor of English and director of the UT Press and Tampa Review; and UT alumna Amy Hill Hearth.