Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry workshops normally consist of twelve
students and a distinguished instructor who critiques and guides
their writing. Workshops are held once a week during
the semester from 5.30 p.m until 7.20 p.m. To see what Hunter students
are currently writing, you can go to Your
fellow students and their work.
In the craft seminars, you read literature from a writer's point of view, study particular aspects of the craft, and then generate work that strengthens your own skills as a writer of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Poets will explore the ways in which poems achieve their effects, focusing on prosody and technical devices, the handling of line and sentence, rhythm, syntax, sonic structures, the inner architecture of poems, both free verse and "formal,” and the ways poets "fasten their voice to the page.” Fiction writers might look at the art of dialogue, the use of light, color, and point of view. Students of nonfiction might spend their time learning how to develop an ear for story, how to assimilate emotional and sensory apprehension with other forms of evidence, or examine their beliefs about the intersection of memoir and journalism, or the dynamic of the political and personal in global narratives.
Craft Seminars are held once a week from 5.30 p.m. until 7.20 p.m. They will not clash with your workshop.
In the first year, you take
one literature class each semester. You are free to choose from
any of the graduate courses offered by Hunter's English department. (See the English
Department website for more information about teachers and courses.) This is a time to enrich your own work by going back
to the Greek tragedies, or studying Chaucer or post-colonial literature.
We will be happy to advise you
on the literature courses that will be most rewarding for you.
1. The Distinguished Writers Series
Click here to see the world-class writers who have come to read
and talk to our students. In this section, you'll find Toni Morrison,
Michael Ondaatje, Anne Carson, Sharon Olds, Salman Rushdie, and
many, many more. Some of these writers have come to talk to classes,
answer questions, offers insights into their work and lives. Here
again, it's wonderful to be in New York; people do like to come
here to visit us.
2. Advanced Research-Skills Seminar (fiction and memoir)
This seminar, given by Gabriel Packard, teaches MFA students advanced techniques for researching their fiction or memoir writing.
Expect the same as in your first year, although your small group
of twelve will have changed its composition; six students will have
graduated; six new talented writers will have been selected to join
Same as your first year, but, as with your workshop, there will be six new writers in the class.
3. Writing in Conference
You will be paired with a faculty member, who'll meet with you regularly, one-on-one, to advise
and guide you through the early drafts of your stories, novel, memoir or poetry collection. This work is the first step towards
As with Writing in Conference, you'll work one-on-one with a faculty member, who'll guide you through completing your thesis. For poetry
students the thesis is a manuscript of 40-60 pages. For fiction and
memoir students, it's a manuscript of 75 pages or