Master of Fine Arts in creative writing is devoted to teaching students how to write in different genres and work with literature from the viewpoint of working writers. After graduation, students not only become real published writers in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screenplays, etc., but also they may become journalists of various genres, editors, publishers, teachers and professors on different academic levels. There are more than three hundred writing programs in North America only, so it may be rather difficult to choose the best for you which meets all your requests. However, the majority of MFA writing programs have common basic characteristics, like focusing at least on fiction and poetry. The main difference between one and another program is different period of time for study (from one to three years) and some specificities in the variety of coursework they offer. For example, while some MFA writing program offers course work in areas of screenwriting and graphic novel writing, others offer studies of hypertext, new media, etc. Often students apply for those programs, where professors are famous writers who they know and admire.
As a rule, the main element in the MFA writing program course is writing workshops. Usually the structure and content of the workshops depend on the field of focusing, although the emphasis is put on the acts of creating such as revision and self-editing. Students are taught by writers-professors, who help them focus on their own manuscripts and provide assistance not on the workshop only, but also on individual conferences.