The writing component features a combination of small, intensive workshops in poetry and fiction, supplemented by one-on-one tutorials with faculty. The student can engage with the historical and formal study of the genres of poetry and fiction by choosing from a selection of graduate courses in English and American literatures, as well as courses that feature critical theory. Temple hosts the Poets & Writers series, a well-respected institution on the Philadelphia cultural scene, consistently inviting some of the most exciting and innovative contemporary writers to present their work. In addition, the Program invites a distinguished novelist and poet for one week each in the fall and spring semesters who read student manuscripts, give both a public lecture on their poetics and a reading, attend the relevant graduate workshops, and mingle with the students.