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UCA plans to offer new MFA in 2012.

The University of Central Arkansas in Conway will be offering a new Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in 2012.

Only the second MFA in Creative Writing to be offered in the state, the new program will be taught through the Conway university's writing department.

Stephanie Vanderslice, program director and associate professor at UCA, said the new degree would emphasize teaching and publishing.

"Since we are a department of writing, we are very much focused on the craft of writing and teaching from the writer's perspective." Vanderslice said. The master's will not be a traditional literature and writing workshop program, she said, but instead will have courses similar to hands-on studio art classes.

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education approved the new three-year program Oct. 31.

The creative writing master's Degree will feature courses in creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry taught by published writers, as well as classes in editing, publishing and the teaching of writing.

Between five and eight students will be admitted each year. The university plans to keep the master's program small. March 15 is the application deadline for students interested in enrolling for the program's inaugural year.

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville also has a creative writing master's degree.

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Title Annotation:Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
Comment:UCA plans to offer new MFA in 2012.(Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing )
Author:Knable, Kate
Publication:Arkansas Business
Article Type:Brief article
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Date:Nov 14, 2011
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