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Dust Off that Half-Finished Novel

Writing one poem is hard. Writing an entire book of poems is "terrifying," which is why Lee Fetters enrolled in UNH's new three-year Master of Fine Arts in Writing program.

Along with the 44 other members of the inaugural class, Fetters will write a book and learn how to sell it in a tougher-than-ever publishing world. Graduates will also earn the credentials to enter a career common among writers: college-level teaching.

The degree replaces the two-year Master of Arts in Writing. The new program's goal is to turn out the strongest writers possible. "We want the students to cross-train," says Sue Hertz '78, associate professor of journalism. "We've set it up so they can take workshops in every genre. It's like an ice skater who studies gymnastics and ballet."

--Meg Heckman '01

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