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MFA in Creative Writing
100 N. University Drive
Edmond, OK 73034
Program director: Dr. Steve Garrison
Program contact: Dr. Steve Garrison
Phone: (405) 974-5847
Degrees offered: M.F.A.
Genres: Poetry, Novel, Short Story, Nonfiction, Screenwriting
Type of program: Residency
Length of program: Two years of coursework, then thesis (total: three years)
Total credits required: 36
Application deadlines: Rolling
Scholarships available: Yes
Core faculty: Constance Squires, Steve Garrison ("Austin Davis"), James (Dolph) Daro, Matthew Hollrah
Visiting faculty: Rilla Askew
Publishing/editing courses: Yes
Literary magazine: No
Reading series: Yes
Recent visiting writers: Tracy Daugherty, Denis Johnson, Elizabeth Cox, C. Michael Curtis, Art Baltazar, Carolyne Wright
Program description: The University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma’s largest metropolitan university and home to the first comprehensive creative writing program in the state, offers a range of courses in its M.F.A. program designed to prepare students to become professional writers while also providing them with the skills and credentials to teach at the university level. Students participate in two sequential workshop tracks allowing intensive, sustained experience in a primary and a secondary genre, chosen from among poetry, short story, novel, nonfiction, and screenwriting. Coursework for the 36-hour program is usually completed in two years, concluding with the submission of a book-length thesis of publication quality.
The program also offers coursework in editing and marketing and opportunities for teaching and tutorial experience. Financial assistance is available through assistantships and, starting in spring 2013, through the Bob Burke Scholarship program. In addition, students have the chance to gain editing and publishing experience through work on the New Plains Review, the university’s fine arts journal, and on the Everett Southwest Literary Award.
Ranked by Forbes Magazine as one of the Best American Undergraduate Institutions and by U. S. News and World Report as the top public regional university in the state, the University of Central Oklahoma is located five miles north of Oklahoma City in Edmond, named by CNBC as the number one suburb in America in 2012. Come improve your craft and prepare for your career in a congenial community of artists located in the heart of the country.