Friday, March 11, 2011

Hofstra Happenings: Department of English Announces Fall 2011 Launch of M.F.A. in Creative Writing

Hofstra University’s Department of English is pleased to announce that it will offer an M.F.A. in creative writing starting in fall 2011. This challenging and exciting program of study will integrate literary scholarship and focused instruction in writing. Students may concentrate in dramatic writing, fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction, exploring the art and craft of writing while grounding themselves in the rich literary traditions that offer exemplary models of these forms. The course of study concludes with a yearlong creative project.

The M.F.A. is considered a terminal degree – appropriate for those who want to pursue specific writing disciplines and/or careers in publishing, teaching, and editing, among others.

Applications for the fall 2011 semester are due this winter, with a decision by March 15, 2011. For more information, contact the program director, Professor Erik Brogger, at 516-463-5397

Core faculty in this program include Professor Brogger, a founding member of The Playwright’s Center whose works have been produced off-Broadway and at major regional theaters around the country; Phillis Levin, author of four books of poetry – Temples and Fields, The Afterimage, Mercury, and May Day – and editor of The Penguin Book of the Sonnet (2001); Phillip Lopate, a central figure in the recent revival of the personal essay and author of Portrait of My Body, Against Joie de Vivre, Bachelorhood, The Rug Merchant, Being with Children, Totally Tenderly Tragically, Two Marriages: Novellas and Notes on Sontag; Julia Markus, recipient of the  Houghton Mifflin Literary Award for her first novel, Uncle, which was followed by three well-received novels, American Rose, Friends Along the Way, and A Change of Luck, as well as her critically acclaimed biographies, Dared and Done: The Marriage of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning and Across An Untried Sea: Discovering Lives Hidden in the Shadow of Convention and Time; and Martha McPhee, author of the novels Bright Angel Time, Gorgeous Lies, L’America, and – most recently – Dear Money (2010).


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