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Creative Writing, MFA

Intensive, Three-Year Studio-Academic Experience in Writing
  • Lab

    Publishing Laboratory Enjoys a Relationship with Harpercollins, The World’s 2nd-Largest English-Language Publisher

  • 3

    Two Literary Magazines & 1 Literary Book Imprint & We Offer Graduate Students Experience Working for All Three

  • Week

    Writers’ Week is a Literary Festival Featuring a Diverse Lineup of Writers


Graduates have published books with top commercial, university and independent presses, garnering critical acclaim and prestigious awards. Many have careers as technical writers. Most importantly, they learned the skills and habits to pursue a satisfying and sustainable writing life.

The MFA is a terminal degree and qualifies graduates to teach at the university level. We provide teaching assistantships and pedagogical training, and our graduates go on to teach  writing and publishing throughout the country.

Our graduate students gain hands-on experience in the editing, design, production and marketing of books and magazines and go on to careers as agents, marketing coordinators, art directors, managing editors, and small press publishers.

Organize and manage arts programming for communities, organizations and institutions.
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Learn TO

Generate complex, original writing of literary merit and personal value

Utilize form, style, and technique in effective and sophisticated ways

Critically analyze literary works

Articulate your own evolving aesthetic as a writer

I gained valuable teaching experience, served as managing editor of Ecotone, and relished my time with mentors who encouraged and challenged me. Simply put, it changed my life.
Jay Varner MFA nonfiction '07, author of Nothing Left to Burn
Creative Writing MFA Program Overview