Creative Writing MFA

Program Information

MFA Handbook


Saw Palm

Saw Palm's mission is to go beyond the tourist brochures and capture the unique experience of Florida lives, landscapes, and tropes through the work of artists and writers in-state and out. Dr. John Fleming, faculty advisor, founded the journal in 2008. USF MFA students manage and edit the journal.


Each academic year the Department of English holds creative writing contests in the areas of fiction, poetry, science fiction, and screenwriting. The contests are open to all enrolled USF students in any major and level (with one exception, see Thomas E. Sanders Scholarship below). Awards usually include a modest monetary sum and are presented to the award winners at the annual department awards ceremony near the end of the spring term.

After the MFA

Mock Interviews are held throughout the year. Students can submit sample job ads for positions in fields they wish to apply for, and faculty will conduct practice interviews for these positions. Power Hour Seminars such as Know Your Path, Crafting the CV, Get a Job, Summer Retreats and Residencies and Relaxations, the Book Review, Submitting Day, and Finding an Agent help you prepare for life after the MFA.