Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The LU MFA in Writing Program

Writing Workshops Craft Classes Literature Classes

Visit our new Prospective Student Info page HERE.

Our Program
The MFA in Writing Program at Lindenwood University focuses on the practice and study of creative writing. We offer personalized instruction in small workshop sessions featuring a wide range of genres—fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, scriptwriting, and journalism—with the option to emphasize in a chosen genre (fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction). Classes may be taken as in-class 9-credit clusters (one night per week, 6-10pm), through online coursework (individual 3-credit online classes), or through a combination of both in-class and online coursework. (For identification purposes, online students who are unable to meet in person with Admissions or the Director prior to initial enrollment must either submit a notarized copy of their driver’s license or GRE scores.) The MFA in Writing degree is a 48-credit hour program, with the final three hours dedicated to a thesis in the writer’s chosen genre.

Prospective Students
Admission to the MFA in Writing Program is contingent upon approval of a submitted Writing Sample (7-10 pages of creative writing—fiction, poetry, and/or literary creative nonfiction) and a Statement of Purpose (briefly describe why you would like to pursue the MFA degree and the role writing has played in your life). Skill with language, an understanding of the craft of literary writing, and a willingness to continue learning and growing as a writer are ideal qualities for a prospective student. The Writing Sample and Statement of Purpose must be emailed to the Program Director, Beth Mead, at Letters of recommendation are not required for the MFA in Writing Program. After receiving the Director’s acceptance into the MFA Program, complete the application for admission to the university at

Submission Deadlines: To begin coursework in Summer Quarter (July-Sept.), a Writing Sample and Statement of Purpose must be emailed to the Program Director by May 15; to begin in Fall Quarter (Oct.-Dec.), by August 15; for Winter Quarter (Jan.-March), by November 15; for Spring Quarter (April-June), by February 15.

The Lindenwood Review
The Literary Journal of Lindenwood University
Students in the MFA in Writing Program have the option each winter quarter to enroll in a journal editing cluster. Students in this course play a significant role in the production of Lindenwood University's literary journal, The Lindenwood Review. (Current Lindenwood students are not eligible to submit their work to the journal.) The class will read and discuss all journal submissions, assist in choosing pieces for publication, and contribute to other aspects of journal production, such as copyediting, proofreading, content ordering, and cover selection. For information about the journal, including submission guidelines, and to read excerpts from our current issue, visit

More Information
For more detailed information about the MFA in Writing Program at Lindenwood University, contact the Program Director, Beth Mead, at

Online Program Information:  

In-Class Clusters:

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