Creative Writing

The program leading to the master of fine arts (MFA) degree in creative writing is a studio/academic course of study, designed to accommodate imaginative and intellectual diversity. Students enroll in writing workshops, forms courses, and literature classes, thereby gaining exposure to a broad range of writing models and experimenting with a variety of strategies and forms. Guided development of each writer's talents culminates in a complete, carefully conceived thesis, typically a book-length manuscript.

Coursework is offered in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and cross-genre. Most writers choose to focus on one area, but some balance the study and practice of two or more genres throughout the degree program, bearing in mind that at least one complete project, which might be multi-genre, must be submitted as a thesis. The program can be completed in three years. All students are guaranteed support for a fourth year of study; many take advantage of this option in order to have a year of intensive focus on the thesis project and to gain additional teaching experience.

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MFA in Creative Writing Program Requirements

MFA Financial Support and Cultural Opportunities

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Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing

Kellie Wells

226 Morgan Hall


Creative Writing Program Assistant (a current MFA student)
Elizabeth Theriot
(May 2017 - May 2018)

Core Faculty

Please click on the links below for more information about individual faculty members.

Robin Behn
Joel Brouwer
John Estes
Hali Felt
Michael Martone
Wendy Rawlings
Heidi Staples
Kellie Wells
Patti White
Lamar Wilson