Get your Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in one streamlined program for a tuition discount and time savings.
If you've always been a writer and you've dreamed of turning your talent for crafting the written word into a career, then this program is perfect for you. You'll be immersed in the world of writing, challenged to take your work to the next level, and mentored by expert faculty along the way.
This integrated dual degree program combines the curriculum of the undergraduate Creative Writing major or Self-designed major in Creative Writing and our low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.
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The dual degree integrated program requires that you can engage in the
academic rigor of a graduate education by the time you reach the last
semester of your undergraduate program. To be eligible for the dual degree program, you must demonstrate:
If you qualify, you may apply in the spring of your junior year (or by
the time you have earned the equivalent in credits) and must be accepted
by meeting the admission standards of the MFA program in Creative Writing, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences. We will consider students who meet the following criteria:
"There’s a general belief that writing is a solitary endeavor, that writers can only weave stories while locked away in their rooms, fueled by caffeine and mad ambition alone. I believe, to some extent, it’s true—but the people I’ve met while at Lesley’s Creative Writing MFA program take off the edge. During my first semester I’ve learned not only about my writing process, but about the support and encouragement a community of writers can provide. The time spent outside of my characters’ worlds is just as important as the time spent in them. My mentors have introduced me to the strange and wonderful lands, such as those of A.S. Byatt and Michael Swanwick, while my fellow writers in the program lured me away from my desk a few afternoons a month to replenish creative wells. Each of these experiences feed what I put on the page, and I’ve found my worlds richer because of it. The MFA has offered me the opportunity to live as a storyteller, and connect with other people who find stories as magical, as powerful and as important as I do. I hope to one day use what I have and will learn in this program to create new worlds that will delight and inspire, as my favorite authors have inspired me."
- Sara Clark
Cheryl Lawton Malone
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