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Creative Writing

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"Why Purdue?  It offered everything I was looking for: generous funding, the opportunity to teach creative writing, and a supportive community where I could work closely with writers I admired.  The program gave me the freedom to make reading and writing the center of each day.  Week by week, the faculty pushed the limits of my work, helping me hone my language, explore my obsessions, and discover my true subject matter.  I felt especially lucky to be surrounded by amazing classmates, who introduced me to entirely new ways of approaching art and the writing life.  To this day they remain close friends and trusted readers." --Chris Feliciano Arnold, 2010.

"The greatest thing the MFA program at Purdue gave me was time: time to write, to read, and to think. And with challenging courses and knowledgeable, distinguished professors, there was plenty to write, read and think about. In three years I was able to complete a novel, gain valuable teaching and editing experience, and be a part of a vibrant community of writers. Purdue's MFA program nurtured both my professional and personal growth. It was a great time." --Steve Edwards, 2000.

"The program is ideal because it's a very small program in the midst of a very big school. You will get to know your fellow MFA students and other English students very well, while Purdue feels like this vast universe swirling around you. If you teach, you'll get to survey the huge range of students that are out there. Having to handle such a variety of backgrounds, skill levels, and interests really enriches your teaching, making you a lot more versatile than you'd have to be at a smaller, more homogenous school. Plus, the added possibility of getting to teach creative writing is simply irreplaceable. Not many schools let their graduate students teach creative writing, but it's by far the best way I can think of to round out your education on the subject." --Liz Thelen, 1999.

"I consider my time at Purdue an apprenticeship, the same as if I were training to be a stonemason. I was able to hone my craft under the guidance of able and generous professionals for three years, and the aid of a teaching stipend allowed me to live free from loans or financial worry during the process. I also gained a network of close friends, whose keen interest in fiction and whose sharp observations about language have made them my most trusted readers." --Jon Sealy, 2008.

"For me, the Purdue University MFA program provided all the necessary building blocks for beginning my writing career. The small, tightly knit group of writers often feels more like a family than 'a graduate program.' The professors are caring and interested, but they are also tough and demanding. You are challenged not only to do your best work, but to exceed your own highest expectations. If you are a highly motivated and serious writer, Purdue is the kind of place you want to be: a writing program that will support you as you push the limits of your own experience." --Rob Davidson, 1997.

"In April 1994, I got a call in Monkstown, Co. Dublin, from Neil Myers offering me a place and an assistantship in the Master's Creative Writing Program at Purdue. I was overjoyed and told him there was no place I'd rather go right then than Purdue. He seemed a bit taken aback. Outside my door was Dublin Bay with its yachts and cormorants. I loved Seapoint, the part of Monkstown where I lived, and I loved my job, where my prospects were good. But I wanted to live in American poetry. So I arrived in a tiny plane in West Lafayette in July, with $400 and a 7-year-old child. I knew no one and couldn't drive: I wanted to write poetry, to keep my child safe, and to survive. I did a Master's, then a PhD. Marianne (Boruch) was my mentor, and served on my dissertation committee. I have always kept in touch with her. I worked with Tom Andrews too, and am glad of all that life at Purdue. I left there with many poems, friends, another daughter, and excellent qualifications and experience for a college teaching career." --Mairéad Byrne, 1996.

"The MFA at Purdue challenged me to write honest, precise poems - poems with heart - and I made a few life-long literary friendships. Beyond workshop, the skills I learned from working with Sycamore Review are invaluable. Also, being a TA, teaching composition and creative writing, fostered my passion for education." --Rebecca Bednarz, 2004.

"My admittance to the Purdue MFA program was a gift: three years of concentrated fiction writing, teaching and mentorship. Three years of ongoing conversation and friendship with other writers, students, professors and distinguished visitors, who care deeply about what they do. I worked closely with my professors on short stories, and in the third year, on the novel that would become my thesis. The teaching assistantship prepared me to work in both the composition and creative writing classroom. I grew up in Indiana, and like so many teenagers heading to college, traveled many miles in search of my own place in the world. Ten years later, that place was Purdue: a fantastic and fitting homecoming. Purdue embraces the literary life, brings you inside, and shows you how to make it your own." --Sarah Layden, 2006

"My time as an MFA student in Purdue's Creative Writing Program has been, without a doubt, the richest and most rewarding experience in my life as a writer. If ever I find myself longing for the intimacy, mystery and slowly unfolding revelations of those years I spent reading and writing in West Lafayette, I have only to turn to one of Marianne Boruch's essays on poetry. There are a number of masterful poets in our language, but I know of none who writes and talks so passionately, so naturally, so masterfully about the craft of poetry as she does." --Dan Hefko, 1998

"I highly enjoyed and benefited from my time in Purdue's MFA program. A few things about the program set it apart from many of the the others I considered: three years versus two, which meant an entire year to work on a book-length collection, and the opportunity to teach creative writing classes. I can't express how my writing and my knowledge of literature and writing were affected during that time. I went in loving poetry and came out with a richer understanding of why and of what makes poems tick. The professors I had rocked my world with their wisdom and generosity. And the community of fellow students was something I could only truly appreciate after the fact." --Carolyn LaMontagne, 1999

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

ELIZABETH STUCKEY-FRENCH was a member of the first full class of masters in creative writing students at Purdue, graduating in 1989. She is the author of three books, all with Doubleday: a collection of short stories, The First Paper Girl in Red Oak, Iowa, and two novels: Mermaids on the Moon, and the Revenge of the Radioactive Lady. She is coeditor, with Janet Burroway, of Writing Fiction: A Guide to the Narrative Craft. Her stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Gettysburg Review, Southern Review, and The O. Henry Prize Stories 2005. Elizabeth is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Florida State University.

MAIRÉAD BYRNE earned her Masters in Poetry from Purdue in 1996, and PhD in Theory & Cultural Studies, also from Purdue, in 2001. Her poetry collections include The Best of (What's Left of) Heaven, Talk Poetry, SOS Poetry, and Nelson & The Huruburu Bird. Essays include "Avant-Garde Pronouns," published in Avant-Post; and "Some Differences Between Poetry & Standup," published by UbuWeb. Winner of the 2006 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Poetry Fellowship, Mairéad is an Associate Professor of English at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.

CHIELOZONA EZE earned both his MFA in Creative Writing and his PhD in Philosophy in 2003. His short story, "Lessons in German," won the 2006 Olaudah Equiano Prize for fiction written by Africans living abroad. His first novel, The Trial of Robert Mugabe, was a finalist for the 2009 Zora Neale Hurston / Richard Wright Foundation Legacy Award. Chielozona is currently an Associate Professor of African and World Literatures at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

HENRY HUGHES earned his Masters in poetry at Purdue in 1990 and was the editor, in 1989, of the very first issue of Sycamore Review. He is the author of three books of poetry:  Men Holding Eggs , winner of the Oregon Book Award; Moist Meridian , chosen by Robert Pinsky as a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, and, most recently,  Shutter Lines . He is the editor of the anthology,  The Art of Angling: Poems About Fishing , published in spring 2011 as part of Knopf’s Everyman’s Library, and regularly reviews poetry for Harvard Review. Henry is a Professor of English at Western Oregon University.

ROB DAVIDSON received his MFA in fiction from Purdue in 1997, and PhD in Literature, also from Purdue, in 2002.  He is the author of two books of short stories,  Field Observations  and  The Farther Shore , as well as a scholarly book, The Master and the Dean: The Literary Criticism of Henry James and William Dean Howells  (Missouri 2005).  Winner of an AWP Intro Award and finalist for the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, he won the 2009 Camber Press Fiction Chapbook Contest, judged by Ron Carlson, for his novella, "Criminals." Rob is Associate Professor of English at California State University, Chico.

GRETCHEN STEELE PRATT (MFA 2007)  won the 2009 Robert Dana Prize for Poetry, judged by Tony Hoagland, and Anhinga published her first book,  One Island , in 2010. Her poems have been anthologized in  Best American Poetry 2011  and Best New Poets 2009 and has been published in Southern Review, Boston Review, The Iowa Review, The Southwest Review, Indiana Review, Witness, AGNI, The Gettysburg Review, Witness, Post Road, Mid-American Review and on Poetry Daily. She currently teaches at Wingate University and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

FRED ARROYO (MFA 1997) is the author of two works of fiction, both with the University of Arizona Press:  Western Avenue and Other Fictions , 2012, and The Region of Lost Names: A Novel (2008). A recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission, Fred has published fiction, poetry, and essays innumerous literary journals and the anthologies  The Colors of Nature  (Milkweed 2011) and  Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing  (University of Arizona 2010).

ELY SHIPLEY's (MFA 2003) first book of poems, Boy with Flowers, won the 2007 Barrow Street Press book prize judged by Carl Phillips, and was published in 2008. He also won the annual Western Humanities Review poetry award judged by Edward Hirsch and The Virginia Faulkner Award from Prairie Schooner. He was a finalist for the 2007 Academy of American Poets' Levis Prize judged by Susan Howe and The North American Review's 2003 James Hearst Award judged by Li-Young Lee.

LAURA PRITCHETT received her PhD in Contemporary Literature/Creative Writing at Purdue and is the author of the novel Sky Bridge (Milkweed Editions 2005), which won the WILLA Fiction Award; and the short story collection Hell's Bottom, Colorado (Milkweed Editions 2001), which won the 2001 Milkweed National Fiction Prize and 2002 PEN USA Award for Fiction. Laura is also the editor of two books released in 2007: The Pulse of the River: Colorado Writers Speak for the Endangered Cache la Poudre and Home Land: Ranching and a West that Works.

MARTIN WALLS received his MFA in poetry in 1997 and is the author of Small Human Detail in Care of National Trust (New Issues 2000), Commonwealth (March Street Press 2005) and the Solvay Process (Tiger Bark Press 2009). Martin was awarded the prestigious 2005 Witter Bynner Fellowship in poetry. This carries a $10,000 prize and an invitation to read at the Library of Congress. Recent winners have included Naomi Shihab Nye, Carol Muske, Carl Phillips, Campbell McGrath and Heather McHugh.

AARON MICHAEL MORALES' (MFA 2003) first novel,  Drowning Tucson , was chosen as a Top Five Fiction Debut of 2010 by  Poets & Writers  and was a C hicago Tribune  Notable Book. He has a chapbook, From Here You Can Almost See the End of the Desert, and he is editor of the forthcoming anthology The American Mashup: A Popular Culture Reader (Pearson/Longman). He is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Indiana State University.

BRENT GOODMAN's (MFA 1995)  second poetry collection,  Far From Sudden , is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press. His first book,  The Brother Swimming Beneath Me , was a finalist for the 2010 Lambda Literary Award and a Thom Gunn Award from the Publisher’s Triangle. Brent has also published two chapbooks: Trees are the Slowest Rivers and Wrong Horoscope.

EMILY ROSKO (BA, Creative Writing) won the 2011 Akron Poetry Prize and published her second poetry collection,  Prop Rockery  (U of Akron Press). She edited  A Broken Thing: Poets on the Line  (U of Iowa Press 2011). Winner of the 2005 Iowa Poetry Prize for  Raw Goods Inventory , she is an Assistant Professor of English at the College of Charleston.

MARIO CHARD (MFA 2011) was one of four national winners of the 2012 "Discovery" / Boston Review Poetry Prize (along with current Purdue MFA poet Rosalie Moffett). He was also Honorable Mention for the 2012 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize. He is currently a  Wallace Stegner Fellow  at Stanford University.

MEHDI TAVANA OKASI (MFA 2009) spent 2011-2012 as Djerassi Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. He has published fiction and nonfiction in  Iowa Review  and  Best New American Voices , and he won the $10,000 Career Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters.

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Creative Writing focuses on writing poetry, fiction, or drama. This major is perfect for students who love to write and who do so no matter what. Many creative writing students double major in creative writing and another area, like professional writing.

Most Creative Writing majors and minors want to have creative writing as a component of their future. As a creative writing major, you’ll learn many skills that employers find desirable, which may lead to jobs in publishing, marketing, management, and more. Other students plan to attend graduate school to hone their skills and further develop their art.

All liberal arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to managerial success:  communicating and listening well, possessing insights into others, creative/critical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to make connections across complex ideas.

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December 15, 2021.

Dear Members,

The MFA in creative writing at Purdue University was informed by their administration that all funding for graduate student admissions would be immediately discontinued. To learn more, read this write-up of recent events from Inside Higher Education and the Letter to the Editor from The Exponent ,  Purdue’s student newspaper, by award-winning poet and long-time director of Purdue’s MFA program, Marianne Boruch.

AWP strongly disagrees with Purdue’s logic that English, the humanities, and the arts are no longer necessary to a good education. We are puzzled, too, that the Purdue administration appears to be ignoring current research about the extraordinary benefits of a creative writing degree. Since 2016 when Daniel Pink declared, “The MFA is the New MBA,” we’ve seen mounting research that confirms the value of the MFA degree across multiple professions. As an article published this week in ThinkBusiness.net puts it, “Storytelling is a nuanced art. It is the packaged content of brand and voice. And it is quite possibly the center of the human experience. That is why organizations all over the world look to storytelling as the most promising tool for sustaining organizational culture.” Purdue’s decision to cut funding for their English department stands to harm not only their writing program, but students across their university.

As AWP’s executive director, I am working hard with the AWP board to offer direct support and restore needed funding. However, I am also putting out a call to action to you, our valued members. Please help us stand up for the value of excellent English and creative writing education and the integrity of Purdue’s long-standing and exceptional English and creative writing programs by doing one or all of the following:

Sign this petition to Save the Creative Writing Program at Purdue at change.org

Write an email or letter voicing your objections to Purdue Liberal Arts Dean David A. Reingold at  [email protected] and Purdue President Mitchell Elias Daniels Junior at  [email protected] .  Their contact information and a sample letter are included below. You can also reach out directly to the Purdue University Board of Trustees whose emails are listed on Purdue's website .

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As poet Rebecca Bednarz wrote on Twitter, “If it can happen at Purdue, it can happen anywhere.” This is a time for us to come together and speak together to the value of creative writing and what creative writing education provides—for Purdue and for all creative writing programs facing funding cuts across the nation.

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As a writer, teacher, and member of AWP, I strongly object to your defunding of Purdue’s excellent graduate MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Your actions penalize not only the graduate programs, but undergraduate students across your campus who will no longer have access to excellent writing support and services. In the words of Avi Kak, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the upper administration at Purdue “has lost respect for the non-STEM educators, and that’s a huge tragedy for all of us.”

Please take action today to restore funding to the MFA program in creative writing at Purdue University and its award-winning journal, the Sycamore Review.

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Adelphi University

Poetry: Jan-Henry Gray, Maya Marshall Prose: Katherine Hill, René Steinke, Igor Webb

Albertus Magnus College

Poetry: Paul Robichaud Fiction: Sarah Harris Wallman Nonfiction: Eric Schoeck

Alma College

Poetry: Leslie Contreras Schwartz, Jim Daniels, Benjamin Garcia Fiction: Karen E. Bender, Shonda Buchanan, Dhonielle Clayton, S. Kirk Walsh Creative Nonfiction: Anna Clark, Matthew Gavin Frank, Donald Quist, Robert Vivian

American University

Poetry: Kyle Dargan, David Keplinger Fiction: Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Stephanie Grant, Patricia Park Nonfiction: Rachel Louise Snyder

Antioch University

Poetry: Victoria Chang Prose: Lisa Locascio

Arcadia University

Poetry: Genevieve Betts, Michelle Reale Fiction: Stephanie Feldman, Joshua Isard, Tracey Levine, Eric Smith Literature: Matthew Heitzman, Christopher Varlack, Elizabeth Vogel, Jo Ann Weiner

Poetry: Genevieve Betts, Michelle Reale Fiction: Stephanie Feldman, Joshua Isard, Tracey Levine, Eric Smith

Arizona State University

Poetry: Sally Ball, Natalie Diaz, Alberto Álvaro Ríos, Safiya Sinclair Fiction: Matt Bell, Jenny Irish, Tara Ison, Mitchell Jackson, T. M. McNally Creative Nonfiction: Sarah Viren

Ashland University

Poetry: Dexter Booth, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Adam Gellings, Tess Taylor, Vanessa Angélica Villareal Fiction: Kirstin Chen, Edan Lepucki, Sarah Monette, Nayomi Munaweera, Vi Khi Nao, Naomi J. Williams, Kyle Winkler Nonfiction: Cass Donish, Kate Hopper, Lauren Markham, Thomas Mira y Lopez, Lisa Nikolidakis, Terese Mailhot

Augsburg University

Poetry: Michael Kleber-Diggs Fiction: Stephan Eirik Clark, Lindsay Starck Nonfiction: Anika Fajardo  Playwriting: Carson Kreitzer, TyLie Shider, Sarah Myers Screenwriting: Stephan Eirik Clark, Andy Froemke

Ball State University

Poetry: Katy Didden, Mark Neely Fiction: Cathy Day, Sean Lovelace Nonfiction: Jill Christman, Silas Hansen Screenwriting: Rani Deighe Crowe, Matt Mullins

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Poetry: Jennifer Chang, Michael Dumanis, Randall Mann, Craig Morgan Teicher, Mark Wunderlich Fiction: Peter Cameron, Jai Chakrabarti, Stacey D’Erasmo, Monica Ferrell, Rebecca Makkai, Stuart Nadler, Téa Obreht, Moriel Rothman-Zecher, Katy Simpson Smith, Taymour Soomro Nonfiction: Garrard Conley, Sabrina Orah Mark, Spencer Reece, Lance Richardson, Shawna Kay Rodenberg, Hugh Ryan, Greg Wrenn

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Poetry: Tina Chang, Joseph Weil Fiction: Amir Ahmdi Arian, Thomas Glave, Leslie L. Heywood, Claire Luchette, Liz Rosenberg, Jaimee Wriston-Colbert, Alexi Zentner Nonfiction: Amir Ahmdi Arian, Leslie L. Heywood

Bluegrass Writers Studio at Eastern Kentucky University

Poetry: Julie Hensley, Young Smith Fiction: Julie Hensley, Robert Dean Johnson Nonfiction: Robert Dean Johnson, Evan J. Massey Playwriting: Young Smith

Boise State University

Poetry: Martin Corless-Smith, Sara Nicholson, Taryn Schwilling Fiction: Mitch Wieland (Director), Anna Caritj Creative Nonfiction: Chris Violet Eaton, Clyde Moneyhun

Boston University

Poetry: Andrea Cohen, Karl Kirchwey, Robert Pinsky Fiction: Leslie Epstein, Jennifer Haigh, Ha Jin

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Bowling Green State University

Poetry: Abigail Cloud, Amorak Huey, Sharona Muir, F. Dan Rzicznek, Larissa Szporluk, Jessica Zinz-Cheresnick Fiction: Joe Celizic, Lawrence Coates, Reema Rajbanshi, Michael Schulz

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Poetry: Kimberly Johnson, Lance Larsen, Michael Lavers, John Talbot Fiction: Chris Crowe, Ann Dee Ellis, Spencer Hyde, Stephen Tuttle Nonfiction: Joey Franklin, Patrick Madden

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Poetry: Julie Agoos, Ben Lerner Fiction: Joshua Henkin, Madeleine Thien Playwriting: Dennis A. Allen II, Elana Greenfield

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This is a highly competitive program for serious writers who have the potential for great literary significance. It’s perfect if you:

Want to work full-time and want to go on to pursue a career in writing or teaching at the university level.

Are a serious writer who wants to publish your work.

Need to learn strategies to become a better writer.

Want to be a part of an international community of writers without borders.

We help you achieve your goal by creating an exclusive community that includes well-known literary personalities and published authors. Note that we also offer an optional low-residency opportunity every summer in Europe, in such cities as London, Paris and Madrid.

Learn With Award-Winning Faculty

Our department is filled with world-renowned, award-winning, bilingual faculty who bring their talent to the classroom; among our ranks are Andrea Cote Botero, José de Piérola, Tim Z. Hernandez, Sasha R. Pimentel, Jeff Sirkin, Lex Williford, Sylvia A. Zéleny and Daniel Chacón. We currently have two visiting faculty members: Jessica Powers and JD Pluecker, who teach children’s/YA literature and poetry respectively. In the past, we have had award-winning writers who have served as visiting faculty and shared their expertise with our students: this list includes Natalie Diaz, Laurie Ann Guerrero, Heather Hartley and Carolina Ebeid.

  • 100% online
  • One of the only fully online MFAs in Creative Writing
  • Designed for writers with great talent and drive in fiction and poetry
  • Provides a graduate degree needed to teach at the university level
  • Provides access to a stellar faculty including world-renowned poets and fiction writers
  • No GRE required
  • Highly affordable and flexible program
  • Tuition: $490/credit hour (in-state students) or $575/credit hour (out-of-state students)

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Andrea Cote-Botero

Cote-Botero is the author of the poetry collections: “La ruina que nombro” (2015), “Port in Ashes,” “Fragile Things” and “Chinatown 24 hours” (Object Book). She has also published books of prose: “A Nude Photographer: A Biography of Tina Modotti” and “Blanca Varela or Writing From Solitude.” She has obtained the following recognitions: The National Prize of Poetry from the Universidad Externado of Colombia (2003), the Puentes de Struga International Poetry Prize (2005) and the Cittá de Castrovillari Prize (2010) to the Italian edition of Port in Ashes. Her poems have been translated into English, French, German, Catalan, Italian, Portuguese, Macedonian, Arabic, Polish and Greek. Her first poetry book, “Puerto Calcinado,” was published in French by the prestigious Quebecois press Ecrist de Forge. This book was presented at the 2015 International Poetry Festival of Montreal.

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Tim Hernandez

An award-winning writer and performance artist, Hernandez has written three volumes of poetry, two novels, and most recently, a documentary novel based on the 1948 Los Gatos plane crash. As a performance artist, he has worked with Grammy Award-winners, hip-hop performers and Latin Rock artists; his work has been featured in a variety of venues including the Getty Center. Hernandez’s first poetry collection and first novel both won awards—the 2006 American Book Award and the 2010 Premio Aztlán Literary Prize respectively. In 2011, the Poetry Society of America named him one of sixteen New American Poets and he has been featured extensively in news media including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, CNN, C-Span Book TV, Public Radio International, and National Public Radio.

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Our innovative MFA program includes both studio instruction and literature courses. Writers can take workshop courses in any genre, and they can write a thesis in fiction, nonfiction, poetry or “hybrid” (multi-genre) form. In the second year, they teach popular Creative Writing courses to Davis undergraduates under faculty supervision, gaining valuable experience and sharing their insight  and enthusiasm with beginning practitioners.

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At UC Davis, we offer you the ability to fund your MFA. In fact, all students admitted to the program are guaranteed full funding in the second year of study, when students serve as teachers of Introduction to Creative Writing (English 5) and receive, in exchange, tuition and health insurance remission as well as a monthly stipend (second year students who come to Davis from out of state are expected to establish residency during their first year). We have a more limited amount of resources – teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and out of state tuition wavers – allocated to us for first year students, but in recent years, we’ve had excellent luck funding our accepted first years. We help students who do not receive English department funding help themselves by posting job announcements from other departments during the spring and summer leading up to their arrival. We are proud to say that over the course of the last twenty years, nearly every incoming student has wound up with at least partial funding (including a tuition waiver and health insurance coverage) by the time classes begin in the fall.

We have other resources for students, too – like the Miller Fund, which supports attendance for our writers at any single writer’s workshop or conference. Students have used these funds to attend well-known conferences like AWP, Writing By Writers, and the Tin House Conference. The Davis Humanities Institute offers a fellowship that first year students can apply for to fund their writing projects. Admitted students are also considered for University-wide fellowships.

Cost of Attendance

The M.F.A. at Davis is a two-year program on the quarter system (our academic year consists of three sessions of ten-week courses that run from the end of September until mid-June). The program includes classes and a thesis project. It requires diverse, multidisciplinary study and offers excellent mentorship.

Writers concentrate in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or “hybrid” (multi-genre) forms. They take at least four graduate workshops, and they’re required to take one workshop outside their primary genre (many of our students choose to take even more). Writers at Davis also take graduate courses in literature from abundant options, including the program’s Seminars for Writers. Writers can also take graduate courses in literary study taught by scholars in the English Department. And many of our writers enroll in courses relevant to their work in other departments like art history, comparative literature, linguistics, and performance studies.

At the end of the first year, writers form a thesis committee with a Director and two additional readers from the faculty. In the second year, writers at Davis concentrate on Individual Study units with these mentors, working closely with their committee to create a book-length creative work. Writers present their projects at intimate, intense, celebratory defense in May with all members of their committee in attendance.

We’re a new MFA, but we’ve been a successful and respected Creative Writing Program since 1975—a “sleeper” program, as one guide to MFA programs called us. The people who founded the CW program at UC Davis were all lovers and teachers of literature, and chose to call the program an MA, rather than an MFA because they wanted to ensure that the degree would not be seen as a “studio” degree but one in which the study of literature was integral.  In the 1980’s and 1990’s, most often under the leadership of Jack Hicks and Alan Williamson, the program emphasized writing on the American West and the wilderness. Our high profile faculty included Sandra McPherson, Gary Snyder, Sandra Gilbert, Clarence Major, Katherine Vaz, Elizabeth Tallent, Max Byrd, and Louis Owens.

We also created an introductory sequence of workshops taught by graduate students, which has become one of the highlights of the program for the second years who teach the courses and the undergraduates who take them. There’s more to teaching these courses than learning to teach; teaching helps our writers understand their own writing in ways that no other aspect of a writing program can do. Pam Houston joined the program in the early 2000’s and she led a faculty that included Lynn Freed and Yiyun Li. As an MFA, we remain a place that values sustained literary study as core to the making of art, but we’re also allowing our vision of genre to expand and embrace the other arts and media.

The town of Davis began as "Davisville," a small stop on the Southern Pacific railway between Sacramento and the Bay Area.  Some of our graduate students choose to live in Sacramento or the Bay Area, making use of the commute-by-train option, which is still very much in place.  For those commuting by car, Davis is a 15-25 minute drive from Sacramento and a 60-90 minute drive from the Bay Area.

Students also choose to live in Davis itself, which CNN once ranked the second most educated city in the US.  Davis is a college town of about 75,000 people. Orchards, farms and ranches border it on all sides. The town boasts a legendary twice-weekly farmers market (complete with delicious food trucks and live music). Bike and walking paths lead everywhere (many students prefer not to own a car while they are here) and there are copious amounts of planned green space in every subdivision. The flatness of the land makes Davis ideal for biking, and the city over the past 5 decades has installed bike lanes and bike racks all over town. In fact, in 2006,  Bicycling Magazine , in its compilation of "America's Best Biking Cities," named Davis the best small town for cycling. Packed with coffee houses, bookstores, and restaurants that serve cuisine from every continent, Downtown Davis has a casual vibe. It’s a great place to hole up and write. Davis is filled with hard wood trees, and flower and vegetable gardens, and wild ducks and turkeys walk the campus as if they own the place. It’s a gentle place to live. Although summers get quite hot, the other three seasons are mild, and each, in their own way, quite beautiful. For more about the town, check out the Davis Wikipedia page .

Woodland and Winters, two small towns close by to Davis, are also options for housing—and they’re good options for those who are not so desirous of the college town scene.  Yet another option is to live in the scenic rural areas Davis is surrounded by.

To the west of Davis, Lake Berryessa and the Napa valley are close by.  To the east, the Sierra mountains are close by; Reno and Tahoe are just a couple hours drive in that direction. 

Voorhies Hall on the UC Davis Campus

About the Program

While pursuing a BA in Creative Writing, students study literary texts and then produce their own poetry or fiction. The creative writing student is an artist. This major is perfect for those who love to write poems or stories, and who plan to do so no matter what. In addition to the required five courses in poetry or fiction writing, students must take five courses in English Literature or English Language. While some creative writing students attend graduate school to hone their skills and develop their art, others practice their craft in commercial industries like marketing or publishing. Ultimately, creative writers learn many skills that employers find desirable.

Sycamore Review , a nonprofit journal for the arts, was founded in 1988 and is published twice annually by Purdue University’s Department of English.

Books and Coffee talks (hosted by the Department of English) are held several times throughout the school year. Coffee and tea are available, followed by a half-hour talk about a selected work. The series is popular with faculty, staff, and students.

Please visit Creative Writing for more information.

Degree Requirements

120 credits required, liberal arts curriculum.

Each liberal arts major is designed as a four-year plan of study and includes three types of courses: Major, Core, and Elective. Most students take five courses per semester, with some of each type.

Professional academic advisors meet individually with each of our students on a regular basis to help with course selection, academic planning, and career development, as well as to help students find additional resources on campus.

Departmental/Program Major Course Requirements (30 credits)

Required course (3 credits).

A grade of “B-” or better is required before attempting courses in Area A.

  • ENGL 20500 - Introduction To Creative Writing ♦

A. Creative Writing Courses - Choose Four (12 credits)

All Creative Writing courses except 20500, 31600, and 31700 may be repeated once by Creative Writing majors for credit. (The 40000 and 50000 level courses should be taken in order in any given genre; exceptions are granted by the permission of instructor.)

  • ENGL 31600 - Craft Of Fiction From A Writer’s Perspective
  • ENGL 31700 - Craft Of Poetry From a Writer’s Perspective
  • ENGL 40700 - Intermediate Poetry Writing
  • ENGL 40800 - Creative Writing Capstone
  • ENGL 40900 - Intermediate Fiction Writing
  • ENGL 50700 - Advanced Poetry Writing
  • ENGL 50900 - Advanced Fiction Writing

B. Engaging English (3 credits)

May be taken concurrently with ENGL 20500.

  • ENGL 20200 - Engaging English ♦

C. Literature/Linguistics/English Education (12 credits)

  • Any ENGL course not taken above; at least 9 credit hours must be at the 30000 level or above.

Other Departmental (31-55 credits)

The College of Liberal Arts Other Departmental area is designed to be experiential, informative, and relevant to life in a rapidly changing universe. It combines courses that fulfill University Core foundational outcomes, discipline diversity, social diversity, and other languages to produce a well-rounded background for students. Coursework is integrative and collaborative and fosters insight, understanding, independence, initiative, and the desire to reach across divides and redefine our relationship to the peoples and the worlds that surround us.

Core I: Disciplinary Diversity (6-18 credits)

Choose 1 course in 6 different disciplines within the College of Liberal Arts.

Note: Disciplines are differentiated by course prefix. Undistributed credit does not count to satisfy this requirement.

Core II: Social Diversity (1-3 credits)

Culture, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity all play a role in how others perceive us and how we experience the world, and as such, are meaningful categories for analyzing social change and social problems past and present. The purpose of this category is to acquaint students with the pluralistic nature of the world and foster an appreciation and awareness of the diverse range of lived human experience. Courses in this list will expose students to important aspects of human diversity and foster understanding about different world views.

Choose one course from this list: CLA Core II - Social Diversity Selective List   .

Core III: Linguistic Diversity (3-4 credits)

Proficiency through Level IV in one world language. Courses may be required to reach Level IV proficiency; these courses will be counted toward electives.

Foundational Requirements (21-30 credits)

Students must complete approved coursework that meet the following foundational outcomes. Many of these can also be used to fulfill Core I, Core II, or Core III.

  • Humanities - all approved courses accepted.
  • Behavioral/Social Science - all approved courses accepted.
  • Information Literacy - all approved courses accepted.
  • Science #1 - all approved courses accepted.
  • Science #2 - all approved courses accepted.
  • Science, Technology, and Society - all approved courses accepted.
  • Written Communication - all approved courses accepted.
  • Oral Communication - all approved courses accepted.
  • Quantitative Reasoning - all approved courses accepted.
  • Double counting of courses is allowed across the various categories.
  • All accredited programs whose accreditation is threatened by CLA Core requirement, both professional BAs and BFAs, are exempt from Liberal Arts Core I & II in order to meet accreditation standards and requirements. Liberal Arts Core III: Linguistic Diversity is still required for such programs.
  • “Degree +” students (students with a second major outside of Liberal Arts) are exempt from the CLA Core.

Electives (35-59 credits)

University requirements, university core requirements, for a complete listing of university core course selectives, visit the provost’s website ..

  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC)

Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement:

The civics literacy proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry..

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of  these approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency  website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here .

Program Requirements

Fall 1st year.

  • Written Communication - Credit Hours: 3.00-4.00
  • World Language Level I  - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Quantitative Reasoning - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Behavioral/Social Sciences (CLA Core I: 1 of 6) - Credit Hours: 3.00

15-16 Credits

Spring 1st year.

  • Oral Communication - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • World Language Level II - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Humanities (CLA Core I: 2 of 6) - Credit Hours 3.00
  • Science - Credit Hours: 3.00

Fall 2nd Year

  • Area A Creative Writing Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Area C Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • World Language Level III - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • CLA Core I: 3 of 6 - Credit Hours: 3.00

Spring 2nd Year

  • Area C Selective - Credit Hours: 3.0
  • World Language Level IV (CLA Core III) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Science, Technology, and Society - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • CLA Core I: 4 of 6 - Credit Hours: 3.00

Fall 3rd Year

  • CLA Core I: 5 of 6 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • CLA Core II: Diversity Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours 3.00

Spring 3rd Year

  • Area A Creative Writing Selective - Credit Hours 3.00
  • CLA Core I: 6 of 6 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

Fall 4th Year

  • Area C Selective - Credit Hours 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

Spring 4th Year

  • 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • 32 credit hours of Purdue coursework at the 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • Liberal Arts offers a streamlined plan of study for students pursuing a second degree outside CLA. Contact the CLA Advising Office for more information.
  • Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.

College of Liberal Arts Pass/No Pass Option Policy

  • P/NP cannot be used to satisfy Liberal Arts Core, Liberal Arts major, minor, or certificate requirements.

World Language Courses

World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor. ASL-American Sign Language ARAB-Arabic CHNS-Chinese FR-French GER-German GREK-Greek (Ancient) HEBR-Hebrew (Biblical) HEBR-Hebrew (modern) ITAL-Italian JPNS-Japanese KOR-Korean LATN-Latin PTGS-Portuguese RUSS-Russian SPAN-Spanish    

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Creative Writing MFA Alumni Spotlight: Monica Mody ('10)

Published: May 14, 2024

Author: Paul Cunningham

Monica Mody

"The MFA program I attended at the University of Notre Dame allowed for and encouraged radical experimentation with form, language, and genre. I was able to familiarize myself with avant-garde currents in art and literature cross-culturally, and any static ideas about what I thought a poem could do exploded during my experimentations at Notre Dame." — Monica Mody in conversation with Sophia Naz, The Bangalore Review

Dr. Monica Mody moved to the Santa Barbara area to teach as core faculty in the Pacifica Graduate Institute's Mythological Studies MA/PhD Program. Her areas of specialization include decolonial, indigenous, and women of color paradigms and epistemologies; Anzaldúan frameworks; earth-sourced and feminist spirituality and ritual; poetry, divination, oracular speech, and arts-based research; and nondual embodiment, in conversation with ancestral lineages from South Asia. Her most recent full-length poetry collections include Wild Fin (Weavers Press, 2024) and  Bright Parallel (Copper Coin, 2023).

Of  Wild Fin , Maw Shein Win (author of  Storage Unit for the Spirit House ) notes how it "weaves the reader through an eclectic warp and weft of grief and fury, rupture and suture, mysticism and calls for climate and social justice." Divya Victor (author of Curb ) calls Wild Fin a “A deeply personal and tender contemplation of ecological grief which, in impressionistic and reflective disclosures, asks us to acknowledge our inalienable enmeshment with each other and with the earth.” Of Bright Parallel , Sumana Roy (author of V.I.P.: Very Important Plant ) writes "Everywhere inside this book I found soil—living, dying, composting, growing, resting, and restless. I emerged frome very page with some of it in my hands." Sampurna Chattarji (author of  Dirty Love ) describes Mody's "attunement to the natural world" as "precise," asserting that the "feministic enquiry is utterly embodied . . . she draws all to the brink of the motherpool."

For me, the poem is in some ways a zone of communion where many meanings and horizons can be attained, because, the way my brain works, no monomyth settles it. I am continually doing the work of seeing who I am in relationship with, who is before me inviting me into the task of becoming. — Monica Mody in conversation with Sophia Naz, The Bangalore Review

Mody is also the author of the cross-genre Kala Pani (1913 Press, 2013), and three chapbooks including Ordinary Annals (above/ground press, 2021). In a review of Kala Pani that appears in Rain Taxi , Elizabeth Robinson writes "With great inventiveness, Mody wends narrative around and within narrative, as though the bonds and bounds of story could twist, Houdini-like, to effect their own escape." Joyelle McSweeney (author of Death Styles ) writes "Gender, genre, national identity, multiple languages, and the body's 'natural' borders are all debased and reworked in this queer, unstable mix, which releases energy as it forms and breaks down and forms again."

Her peer-reviewed article, " Arts-based Practices: Research and Transformation in the Academy ," was published in the  Transformative Power of Art Journal . Tarka Journal published her scholarly essay and poem sequence, "When Yoginis Appear with Animals: Animistic Relational Elements and the Non-Dual Matrix." Her conversation with Pakistani-American poet Sophia Naz, " Roots and Resonance ," was published by The Bangalore Review , and a poem "Glasshouse—Anthropocene" came out in Greening the Earth: A Global Anthology of Poetry (Penguin Random House India, 2023). She read at the South Asian Literary and Arts Festival in Menlo College, CA, where she also interviewed poet, curator, and cultural critic Ranjit Hoskote on his aesthetics.

The Center for Black & Indigenous Praxis at the California Institute of Integral Studies invited her to speak on a BIPOC Scholar Panel, and the Department of Women's Spirituality invited her to do a book talk/reading and conversation in conjunction with her two new poetry collections, in October 2023 and then in March 2024. Other presentations included the El Mundo Zurdo Conference and a Scholar Salon at the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology; readings included the 2023 Lit Crawl San Francisco. Monica was also invited on The Beat: A Poetry Podcast and the Mythic Podcast .

Dr. Monica Mody holds a Ph.D. in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame, and is a Bachelor of Arts and Laws (Hons.) from the National Law School of India University. She was born in Ranchi, India, and lives on the Chumash coast, California.  Stay in touch with her via her substack ( monicamody.substack.com/ ).

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    A student with an English major (including the creative writing major) learns many skills that employers find desirable, which may lead them to jobs in publishing, marketing, management, etc. Sycamore Review, a nonprofit journal for the arts, was founded in 1988 and is published twice annually by Purdue University's Department of English.

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    Teaching assistantships in any of the composition programs, including creative writing, provide a base stipend of approximately $15,000 for ten months, remission of tuition and most fees, plus merit raises. The teaching load is usually one course per semester, and after the first year students also have the opportunity for additional teaching ...

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  13. Program: Creative Writing Minor

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    Our list of 257 MFA programs for creative writers includes essential information about low-residency and full-residency graduate creative writing programs in the United States and other English-speaking countries to help you decide where to apply. It also includes MA programs and PhD programs.

  15. Online Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

    One of the only fully online MFAs in Creative Writing. Designed for writers with great talent and drive in fiction and poetry. Provides a graduate degree needed to teach at the university level. Provides access to a stellar faculty including world-renowned poets and fiction writers. No GRE required.

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    Deadline: We will not accept applications for the MFA in Creative Writing for academic year 2024-2025. We will resume our usual admissions cycle next year. You must apply to the University online through the UF Online Application Portal . The portal will guide you through the process and provide information on the application fee.

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