We are now reading applications for the June 2019 residency. The application deadline is May 1, 2019.   

We are pleased to continue our merit-based scholarship program for incoming students. Before the June 2019 residency, we will award merit-based scholarships in three separate rounds. 

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MFA in Creative Writing

The University of Tampa Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a low-residency program 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 course of individualized study covers four semesters over two calendar years, followed by a fifth culminating residency. Our program focuses on individualized instruction, while fostering the rich interplay of participation in an extended literary community; as working writers, all of us seek to deepen the understanding of writing as an ongoing engagement with discovery and transformation.

Students attend four, 10-day working residencies on UT’s historic campus in downtown Tampa, on the banks of the Hillsborough River. Each residency is followed by a semester-long one-on-one tutorial with a faculty mentor focused on the student’s written work and readings as negotiated in an individual plan of study.

As part of the requirements for the degree, the student completes many drafts and revisions, resulting in the master's thesis, a substantial manuscript of original work in the selected genre. Along the way, the student reads and comments on works that have shaped the genre, completes a 25-page critical essay in the third semester and assembles an annotated bibliography that conveys the importance and influence of great writers on their own work. In the fifth, culminating residency, the student teaches a seminar on a pre-arranged topic of interest and gives a public reading of his/her own work. Each semester grade is pass/fail accompanied by a narrative evaluation composed by the student’s mentor.

After approval by the program director, fifth-term students are required to submit an electronic version of their thesis to the Macdonald-Kelce Library for inclusion in the digital repository, which is accessible on the internet. Embargoes of full text may be selected for one, three or five years, or none at all. 

Exceptions: For students wishing to embargo their work permanently, signatures must be obtained from the program director and the associate dean for graduate and continuing studies. If a permanent embargo is approved, restricted access to The University of Tampa community (which includes current faculty, staff, students, emeritus faculty and walk-ins to the library) via authenticated log-in will be activated instead. 

For more information about the library's institutional repository, visit the Graduate Thesis Submission: Macdonald-Kelce Library.


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Apply online or contact the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies at grad@ut.edu or (813) 258-7409.