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Creative Writing (Concentration in Poetry)

Virginia Commonwealth University

24 months
25956 USD/year
25956 USD/year
12618 USD/year
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The selective and academically rigorous 48-credit-hour, three-year Creative Writing (Concentration in Poetry) program from Virginia Commonwealth University is designed to provide talented writers with the opportunity to work closely with both outstanding faculty and gifted peers to strengthen their craft, enrich their understanding of existing traditions as well as compositional possibilities.


Program goals

The primary areas of study are poetry and fiction, and admission is highly competitive. In addition to the poetry and fiction workshops, there are courses available that focus on writing drama, nonfiction and screenplays, as well as courses that provide practical experience in editing.

Student learning outcomes

Students in the Creative Writing (Concentration in Poetry) program from Virginia Commonwealth University will:

  • Develop and refine their individual writerly voices, produce literary work of a high quality and demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of their own aesthetics, as well as the literary models and cultural sources of those aesthetics
  • Actively engage in a wider literary culture and community at the local, regional, national or international level
  • Develop constructive workshop practices and demonstrate the ability to read closely and respond perceptively and critically to the writing of their fellow M.F.A. students
  • Develop an advanced comprehension of editing and revision techniques and strategies, which include synthesizing challenges, advice and critiques from professors and fellow M.F.A. students
  • Develop, hone and articulate a keen sense of their artistic and career goals

Student learning outcomes specific to poetry

  • Demonstrate a skillful use or knowledge of major poetic devices, such as metaphor, imagery, lineation, persona, types of rhythm, rhyme and other sonic effect.
  • Demonstrate the use or knowledge of classic poetic forms, such as the sonnet, the ode and the elegy, as well as other contemporary, experimental or avant-garde forms.
  • In a statement of purpose or aesthetics that is part of their thesis manuscript, as well as in an exit interview/ thesis defense, appraise and locate their own work within literary and cultural contexts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Children's Literature 
  • Studies in British Literature and Culture
  • Special Topics in American Literature and Culture
  • Young Adult Literature
  • Introduction to Scholarship in English Studies
  • Literary Criticism
  • Authors
  • Cultural Discourses
  • Intertextuality
  • Genres
  • Texts and Contexts
  • Form and Theory of Poetry
  • Form and Theory of Fiction

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Jan 15 for consideration of assistantship


48 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Personal statement
  • Academic documentation
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Additional academic requirements and regulations
  • Foreign transcripts
  • Financial certification
  • Application fee

Tuition Fee

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    25956 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 25956 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    25956 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25956 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12618 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12618 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Richmond

1071 - 1750 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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