Bachelor of Fine Arts: Creative Writing
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) is the only such degree in the state of Maine, and one of only three in New England.
Ours is a selective program that offers a combination of writing workshops, literature courses, and hands-on opportunities in editing and publishing.
As a Creative Writing student at UMF, you will work closely with faculty who are practicing and published fiction writers, essayists, and poets. You'll discover and develop your writing strengths in workshop-style classes.
Small classes and the development of a writing portfolio of your finest work allow you to see yourself as an artist as you refine your writing and develop marketable skills.
Creative Writing classes here are typically limited to just 15 students and our workshop model allows you to bring your original written work to class to be read and discussed by the whole class. You'll then revise your work based on peer and professor comments. Creative Writing classes may also include individual student/faculty conferences where you'll review your work in progress.
As a Creative Writing student at UMF, you will also get valuable, hands-on experience in writing and publishing. In fact, all Creative Writing students here are required to complete an apprenticeship. Creative Writing students have helped edit The Beloit Poetry Journal; assisted at Alice James Books (an award-winning poetry press located right on campus); taught creative writing in the community; edited the campus literary magazine, The Sandy River Review; and wrote for local newspapers.
Here, you'll also have the opportunity to attend on-campus readings by some of America's most important writers. These free, evening events are regularly followed by a book-signing where students can meet and speak with the author.
Note: UMF's Creative Writing program qualifies for the New England Regional Program tuition discount - a discount of more than $4,500 per year. Through this Program, students from other New England states and Canada can apply for certain majors at Farmington and pay reduced tuition. The majors that qualify for this vary by state. See the link, New England Regional Program.
"The Creative Writing program does this fantastic thing were the professors actually make you feel like writing is a good idea and loving it is the only reason you need to do it. Here, they subscribe to the 'Find out what you love to do and then figure out how to make money doing it' school of thought, instead of trying to box us in to any one way of thinking."
-- Zoe Estrin-Grele
From Poultney, Vermont
Because the University of Maine at Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student - in every major - will take courses in the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In addition, you will also get to choose interesting classes specifically tailored to Creative Writing, such as:
|• Poetry Writing|
|• Writing the Literary Novel|
|• Writing Apprenticeship|
|• Advanced Composition|
|• Writing for Children and Young Adults|
|• The American Dream in Literature|
|• Creative Nonfiction|
|• Writing for the Stage|
|• Feature Writing|
|• Fiction Writing|
For additional information about Creative Writing at the University of Maine at Farmington, just contact the Office of Admission:
Office of Admission
University of Maine at Farmington
246 Main Street
Farmington, Maine 04938-1994
US tel 207-778-7050
Intl. tel 00-1-207-778-7050