Welcome to the non-residency MFA program in creative writing at University of Arkansas at Monticello. 

The UAM Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing provides opportunity to talented and highly self-disciplined individuals to earn an MFA tailored to fit their lifestyles, interests, and goals at an affordable price relative to other MFA programs and to develop their creative-writing, critical-thinking, and literary analysis skills to an exemplary level through study under successful and dedicated writer-teachers from a range of backgrounds and aesthetic perspectives.

The mission of the program is directly related to the mission of the university in that it enhances individuals’ abilities to think creatively and critically, to effectively communicate, to be technologically literate, to appreciate and contribute to the cultures of their communities and beyond, and to possess awareness and sensitivity to global issues. 

Program Description

  • 48 Semester hours are required.
  • Each student is accepted into one of three genres: fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction.
  • Up to 9 semester hours of graduate transfer credit may be accepted if the coursework has been completed in the past six years.
  • Graduate Assistantships are awarded a small number of qualified students who teach online sections of freshman-level writing courses. Blackboard training is required. Graduate Assistants are closely mentored by the Director of Composition.
  • Students can move through the MFA program at a pace they find comfortable, taking as few as 3 hours in an academic term or as many as 12.
  • Students work with a different Faculty Mentor within their genre each semester. “Genre jumping” is encouraged as students will take a workshop in all three areas.
  • Students must earn a C or better in all courses and maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.0.

Application Checklist

  • Official Transcripts
  • Manuscript
  • Personal essay
  • Critical Analysis essay
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher. (Exceptions to the gpa requirement may be made based on factors including experience in the field, time elapsed since completion of degree, etc.)
  • Three letters of recommendation from writers, editors, or educators who can judge the applicant’s potential for success in a graduate online writing program.

Please wait to apply to the UAM Graduate Program until after you have received an acceptance into the MFA program.

Transcripts

An official transcript showing a posted bachelor’s degree with an earned grade point average of 3.0 or higher. (Exceptions to the gpa requirement may be made based on factors including experience in the field, time elapsed since completion of degree, etc.) Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for the faculty’s review of your application.

Transcripts of any graduate coursework must be submitted separately.

Manuscript Guidelines

Please submit one genre of your creative writing indicating talent, discipline, potential growth, and interests and intentions that can be well served by the UAM MFA program. All manuscripts must be typed and double spaced. Please do not send more pages than required.

Poetry: 10 pages

Fiction: 20 pages

Literary Nonfiction: 20 pages

Critical analysis: Maximum three pages exploring some aspect or element of craft in a literary work.

Personal essay: Maximum of three pages addressing the following:

  • Applicant's background in the study of creative writing and literature
  • Literary influences on applicant's writing, including the titles of books in your genre by writers you feel have shaped your thinking (not including our MFA faculty)
  • How applicant's work, family, or other obligations will accommodate devoting 20 to 25 hours per week to writing and to the completion of other program requirements.
  • Reasons why an online MFA program suits the applicant's level of experience and goals for future development as a writer.

Email with the subject line "MFA Application" to apply.

Contact Information

Jessica Hylton
phone: 870-460-1789
e-mail: hylton@uamont.edu

University of Arkansas at Monticello
Arts and Humanities
562 University Drive
Monticello, AR 71656

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