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The MFA Program in Creative Writing offers degree tracks in fiction and poetry, emphasizing the art and craft of literary writing and concentrating on the student’s written work. Close work with faculty and visiting writers is encouraged through seminars, conferences, and classroom interaction during the three-year course, the third year of which is normally devoted to thesis preparation.

Students who intend to pursue a career in teaching literature and writing at the college level have the opportunity to study the pedagogy of creative writing. Also offered are classes in the craft of literary publishing, with coursework in both the production of a literary annual (The Idaho Review) and of books for a small press (Ahsahta Press); internships and graduate assistantships are also available with these publishers. The program also publishes Free Poetry featuring essays and poetry from today’s leading poets.