MFA Creative Writing and Publishing

MFA Creative Writing and Publishing

LIU's M.F.A. in Creative Writing prepares students to both be professional writers in the world and to be visionary literary citizens. Situated in the heart of Brooklyn, LIU’s MFA in Creative Writing is an innovative creative writing program centered on world literature, multi-genre education, and publishing. Our applied MFA prepares students for careers in creative writing, academia, translation, and publishing. During their two-year residential program, students have the opportunity to study poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and translation, and thus receive a robust multi-genre education. 

In our MFA’s publishing courses, students study directly with professionals at the heart of the publishing industry. During the course of their study, students learn about commercial, independent, and academic publishing with frequent guest literary agents, editors, and leaders from seminal national and international literary arts organizations. We also focus on the performative aspects of the writing industry including audiobooks, public performances and speaking, and adaptations. Students learn about the intersection between book publishing and popular and new media. Students also gain vital publishing industry experience through literary internships centered in New York City and through the practicum of editing LIU’s flagship literary journals.

For those students looking to pursue a doctorate degree in Creative Writing, Comparative Literature, World Literature, Translation, or within area studies post-graduation, our program’s curriculum provides an integral education in world literature and translation. The program will be premiering a number of global workshop initiatives including the Overseas Writers’ Workshop in the near future with opportunities for students to immerse themselves in world literatures in various countries.

In addition, matriculating and non-matriculating students are welcome to earn a Certificate in Translation or post-MFA Certificate in Manuscript Preparation.

A five-year BA/MFA track is also available to students seeking a combined undergraduate and graduate education in creative writing, translation, and publishing.

For more information about the MFA and other opportunities on publishing and translation, contact the Co-Director of the MFA in Creative Writing and Director of the George Polk School of Communications Robin Hemley at

Program Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credits
Major Requirements  12 Credits 
ENG 502 Writers on Writing  3
ENG 503 Theory of Writing  3
ENG 504 Traditions & Lineages  3
ENG 708 Thesis  3
Twelve (12) credits required from creative writing workshops: 
Each student must take five workshops form the following list. Most workshops may be taken more than once but no more than 9 credits can be earned in the same course: 
ENG 520 Nonfiction Writing Workshop (may only be taken once)  3
ENG 523 Fiction Writing Workshop (may only be taken three times) 
ENG 524 Poetry Writing Workshop (may only be taken three times) 
ENG 525 Playwriting Workshop (may only be taken three times) 
ENG 526 Writing for Media I: The Story (may only be taken once) 
ENG 528 Seminar in Creative Writing (may only be taken three times) 
ENG 529 Topics in Creative Writing  3

Nine (9) credits required from literature electives: 
ENG 571 The Eighteenth Century British Novel  3
ENG 573 The Nineteenth Century British Novel  3
ENG 574 The Twentieth Century and Contemporary British and Irish Novel  3
ENG 579 Special Topics Seminar  3
ENG 580 Seminar in Contemporary Fiction 3
ENG 624 Seminar in American Literature 3
ENG 625 Nineteen Century American Literature 3
ENG 631 Seminar in British and American Poetry  3
ENG 634 Twentieth Century and Contemporary Drama  3
ENG 636 Seminar in Literary Periods and Movements 3
ENG 649 Seminar in British and Irish Literature 3
ENG 650 Seminar in British Literature before 1800 3
Total Major Requirements 30  
Total Elective Credits 6  
Total Credit Requirement  36  

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