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Master’s in Creative Writing, MFA

Roosevelt's MFA program provides access to a close-knit community of writers as well as the opportunity to participate in Chicago's world-class literary scene. Working closely with faculty and classmates, students develop their craft and expand their artistic horizons, with the ultimate goal of completing a book-length thesis. The program's focus on prose allows writers to explore the possibilities of various genres, including the novel, the memoir, the short story and the lyric essay.


Why Roosevelt for your MFA

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Paths for Every Genre

Students and faculty at Roosevelt embrace a broad range of styles and forms, from literary to experimental, mystery to science fiction and fantasy.

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Gain Literary Journal Experience

MFA candidates have the opportunity to work on our nationally distributed literary journal, Oyez Review, and participate in our public reading series.

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Local Publishing Connections

Partnerships with various local festivals, publishers and schools provide opportunities for networking and professional development.


“Our intimate class size gives us space to nurture each MFA candidate's unique voice, and our Chicago-based writing faculty of award-winning, internationally-recognized writers is committed to getting each thesis ready for publication.”


Jessica Chiang
Proud Alum & Program Director, Creative Writing