Roosevelt’s close-knit community of writers allows you the time and attention to develop your craft and challenge your artistic boundaries. Prepare for your life as a writer in Chicago’s thriving literary community.
MFA graduates have opportunities wherever compelling writing and strong critical thinking are needed. Our graduates have gone on to become authors, both full-time and part-time, and they also work in education, publishing, journalism, marketing, advertising and arts administration.
Students edit and produce the literary journal Oyez Review, which publishes the work of writers from all over the world.
Our connections provide ample opportunities for internships, mentoring and being in close proximity to working writers.
The faculty, published authors themselves, draw on their extensive networks to bring in writers to read their work and teach graduate workshops, including Gina Frangello, Tim Kinsella, Bayo Ojikutu and Suzanne Scanlon.
MFA students complete a book-length manuscript of publishable quality and receive intensive faculty mentorship and support throughout the process. Students develop a specialty and sub-specialty in fiction and nonfiction (or vice versa) and work in any prose tradition, including the novel and long-form nonfiction. While all our students are distinguished by the quality of their writing and their dedication to craft, some of them arrive on campus knowing exactly what they plan to work on, while others take advantage of the room to explore. Our curriculum allows students to thrive in either approach.
Internship course options in literary magazine, small press publishing, in the community, teaching literature, teaching creative writing, teaching English composition.
One of the great things about our MFA program is its size. In a classroom, we can sit down and occupy that place of not knowing and cultivate our curiosity.
The MFA program in creative writing gave me a community of writers, instruction from teachers who were leading creative lives, and the time I needed to figure out what kind of writer I was. At Roosevelt, I developed the discipline necessary to write a novel and also the ability to be my own best editor.