Fred Leebron, MFA Program Director
Welcome to the Queens University of Charlotte's MFA website! If you are visiting these pages, you are probably considering a graduate program in creative writing. At Queens we offer a course of study dedicated to helping you achieve your writing objectives, and we are committed to supporting you beyond graduation.
Consider these facts about our program. Queens is the pioneer of employing the workshop model in distance learning, so that, among many of the advantages about our program, a primary advantage is that you have more writers looking at your work during your time with us, you have more opportunity to advance your own critical skills, and you have every chance to build a writing community for yourself that extends well beyond your time with us. Queens also provides you with its own critique writing handbook, helping you evolve as a critic not only of the work of others, but of your own work.
But Queens is not only a workshop program; it's also a program of individual, personalized mentorship. Each semester you will have time to discuss with your instructor (a different one each semester) your literary development and aspirations. For your thesis you will choose an advisor who will work with you one-on-one on your book, and you will choose a committee of faculty readers who will offer you further individualized feedback. For your graduating craft presentation, you will choose a faculty member who will assist in your analysis of an element of craft of your choice, and who will help you develop a teaching presentation that you will find useful beyond Queens, should you decide to pursue a teaching position with your MFA. Please know this: our workshop model does not preclude mentorship; it incorporates it as a fundamental cornerstone of the program.
Beyond your graduation, we offer a regularly scheduled alumni program, in which we bring to campus editors and agents from New York and California to meet with our alumni in groups of no more than five to one. Editors from Penguin/Riverhead, Henry Holt, Red Hen Press, the New Yorker, Tin House, the Antioch Review, Subtropic, the Paris Review, and elsewhere, join agents from International Creative Management, the Denise Shannon Agency, the Anne Edelstein Agency, the Steinberg Agency, the Gernert Company, McCormick and Williams, and other agencies to provide our alumni with the insight essential to advance their work to publication. Our own staff, too, will work with you to help access jobs in teaching and writing, should that be something you're interested in exploring.
At Queens, you will find dedicated professionals committed to helping you take your work to the next level, and a program designed to allow you to pursue your passion, write what you most want to write and bring it to its highest artistic achievement.
Please look at our student and alumni achievements webpage, and see where our writers are publishing and teaching. And once again consider what makes Queens so distinctive: our low student-to-faculty ratio, our pioneering model that fully utilizes both mentorship and workshop approaches, our alumni curriculum, and, of course, the more than fifty wonderful and illustrious instructors who teach in our program.
We look forward to hearing from you!
all the best,