Program Overview

The MFA in Creative Writing program now offers a year-long, intensive certificate program titled The Prologue. As an introduction to the MFA, The Prologue is a 12-credit post-baccalaureate program that provides creative writers of all levels with two semesters of rigorous, graduate-level one-on-one mentorship to help them jumpstart or finish a book-length project. Students receive individualized guidance from experienced MFA faculty members and authors who provide in-depth feedback to help develop and edit works in progress.

The Prologue certificate program is perfect for writers interested in pursuing an MFA in creative writing but who want to gain a better understanding of the experience prior to enrolling. It is also ideal for MFA graduates who have already earned their master’s degree but are working on a new project for which they are seeking feedback. Students interested in pursuing their MFA will be able to transfer their 12 credits toward a Master of Fine Arts degree at Fairfield upon completing their certificate.

The cost for the 12-credit Certificate in Creative Writing program is based on the $575 per-credit cost of the MFA program tuition.

Admission Requirements

Admission for The Prologue creative writing certificate is based on the following criteria:

  • A completed online application
  • A non-refundable $60 application fee
  • An unofficial transcript from the institution where the student received his or her bachelor’s degree.
  • A personal statement describing the student’s writing experience and goals.
  • A writing sample

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