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Concentrations

The MFA program at The College of New Rochelle offers concentrations in fiction and creative nonfiction. In their first semester, fiction and nonfiction students take a prose workshop together to explore the parallels between fiction and nonfiction storytelling. Following the first semester, students enroll in either fiction or nonfiction workshops and have regular meetings with their faculty mentor to continue discovering and refining the story or stories they want to tell. The literature seminars are designed to provide the space for MFA students to examine literary texts as writers, looking for ways to better sharpen their own skills. The Writer at Work master classes also provide opportunities to focus on specific elements of craft as well as learn from industry experts. During the thesis semester, students work closely with their advisor and thesis group to complete a 75-page thesis that demonstrates the culmination of an MFA student’s refinement of craft and storytelling purpose. To celebrate the completion of the thesis, students participate in a community reading.

CREATIVE NONFICTION

Creative nonfiction students have the opportunity to learn from and work with acclaimed memoirists, essayists, and long-form journalists throughout their time in the MFA program.

In their first semester, nonfiction students take a combined prose workshop with fiction students to explore the parallels between fiction and nonfiction storytelling. Following the first semester, students enroll in nonfiction workshops and have regular meetings with their faculty mentor to continue discovering and refining the story or stories they want to tell.

The literature seminars are designed to provide the space for nonfiction students to examine memoirs and essays as writers, looking for ways to better sharpen their own skills.

The Writer at Work master classes also provide opportunities to focus on specific elements of craft as well as learn from industry experts.

During the thesis semester, students work closely with their advisor and thesis group to complete a 75-page thesis. These pages could be the start of a memoir or a collection of essays. To celebrate the completion of the thesis, nonfiction students participate in a community reading.

FICTION

Fiction students have the opportunity to learn from and work with acclaimed novelists and short story writers throughout their time in the MFA program.

In their first semester, fiction students take a combined prose workshop with nonfiction students to explore the parallels between fiction and nonfiction storytelling. Following the first semester, students enroll in fiction workshops and have regular meetings with their faculty mentor to continue discovering and refining the story or stories they want to tell.

The literature seminars are designed to provide the space for fiction students to examine novels and short stories as writers, looking for ways to better sharpen their own skills.

The Writer at Work master classes also provide opportunities to focus on specific elements of craft as well as learn from industry experts.

During the thesis semester, students work closely with their advisor and thesis group to complete a 75-page thesis. These pages could be the start of a novel or a collection of short stories. To celebrate the completion of the thesis, fiction students participate in a community reading.