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Fiction Concentration

"Fiction, like poetry, works at its best when it brings together emotion as well as idea, passion as well as characters in the illusory unfolding we call time. When it works close to the timing of the human pulse, to the flow of our blood, to the beat of our heart." - Alan Cheuse

The Fiction MFA at George Mason University is an immersive, three-year Program that combines a strong foundation in craft with the freedom of a studio degree. Our aim is to help students refine their creative voices and to provide them with a foundation for lifelong writing.

All entering students take “Forms of Fiction”, a class that offers intensive practice in the formal elements of fiction. They subsequently select courses from a varied curriculum that is designed to balance a focus on craft with creative latitude: workshops, literature courses, and seminars that combine reading and writing within a specific genre, or on a specific topic. Recent course offerings have included "Scene-making", "The Short Novel", "Exile Literature", "Dystopian Literature", and "Writing the American Landscape". The final step in the Fiction MFA is the thesis project, a book-length manuscript of short stories, novellas or a novel.

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