Apply to the Writing and Consciousness MFA
The master of fine arts in writing and consciousness program offers a distinctive multigenre, multidisciplinary approach, focusing on diverse, international, contemporary literary models. The intensive weekend format, complemented by online conferences, immerses students in the art and craft of writing.
The curriculum gives students the flexibility to emphasize their academic development or professional growth. Second-year courses prepare students to work in such fields as editing, publishing and teaching. The program culminates with the completion of a book-length literary project.
Students can demonstrate appropriate levels of accomplishment and commitment to their art by means of work samples and personal statements. Applicants submit the following:
Application for Admission
Non-refundable $65 Application Fee
Transcripts: Official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended within the United States. Transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes.
Degree Requirement: An undergraduate degree (BA, BS, or the equivalent) from an accredited college or university.
Autobiographical Statement (5 to 7 pages) incorporating the following questions: What interests you about the MFA at CIIS and what prepares you for it right now? What project or projects are you currently working on? How would you describe yourself as a writer or artist and what influences or experiences have been central for you?
Vision Statement (1-2 pages): What would you like to accomplish during your MFA? Where do you see yourself five years after graduation?
Two Letters of Recommendation (one from an academic advisor, or someone familiar with the applicant's ability to do academic work, and one from a supervisor in a recent professional or volunteer setting).
Art Sample: 15-40 page sample of imaginative writing (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed-genre work, or some combination of the above)
For International students there are additional requirements. Please see the International Student page for additional information.
Please visit Applying to CIIS for more information.
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