Creative Portfolio

MFA Writing Sample (Creative Portfolio)

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If you are applying to the MFA Creative Writing program, you should submit both a research paper and a portfolio of your creative work. The research paper should show the admissions committee that you are capable of graduate-level research. It should contain primary and secondary sources, citations, bibliography, end/footnotes, etc.  The subject of the paper does not necessarily need to be English-related. The  creative portfolio should consist of literary writing of a single genre–poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. Submit twenty double-spaced pages of prose or ten pages of poetry. Please specify the genre at the top of your submission. Submissions that exceed the page limit will not be considered. Creative writers, of course, should submit their best work–a group of poems, a short story, a novel chapter, an essay, etc.  The writing samples should demonstrate clearly that you can do the work that will be required of you in the program; specifically that you can integrate theory and/or criticism into your own arguments.

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