Founded in 1975, our creative writing program is an integral part of an English department committed to diversity in its offerings. The BA, MFA, and PhD programs in creative writing focus on the vital relationship between fictional and poetic coursework in both writing and literary study. Concentrations in poetry writing and fiction writing are available, as are teaching assistantships, fellowships, and tuition waivers. The Cummings and Burris fellowships are awarded to entering graduate students and are renewable on a competitive basis.
Graduate students in creative writing submit original creative works prefaced by a critical introduction rather than a scholarly thesis or dissertation. Doctoral students have the option of testing in the Practical Poetics and Fictional Rhetoric comprehensive examination area. This area is designed to assess knowledge of close reading and craft. Our creative writing PhD program is unique in including this focus on literary technique at the comprehensive examination level, allowing our graduate students to integrate their work as writers into their overall academic approach.