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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

MFA in Creative Writing

Contact Information:

Dept. of English

608 South Wright Street

Urbana, IL 61801


Program director: Jodee Stanley

Program contact: Steve Davenport, Assoc. Director

Phone: (217) 333-3979


Program Information:

Degrees offered: MFA

Type of program: residency

Length of program: 3 years

Genres: fiction, poetry

Enrollment: 18

Application deadlines: December 17, 2013

Assistantships: yes (see website)

Core faculty: Philip Graham, Janice N. Harrington, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Michael Madonick, Audrey Petty, Alex Shakar

Publishing/editing courses: yes (see website)

Literary magazine: Yes, Ninth Letter

Reading series: yes (see website)

Recent visiting writers: Dan Chaon, Toi Derricotte, Amelia Gray, Kathleen Graber, Joy Harjo

Program description: The MFA degree at UIUC, a world-class research and teaching institution, provides students with the opportunity for graduate study and professional training in the writing of fiction and poetry with our distinguished graduate faculty: Philip Graham, Janice N. Harrington, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Michael Madonick, Audrey Petty, and Alex Shakar. The primary goal of the degree is to give writers time and space to work on perfecting their art. Upon completion of the program, students will have the pedagogical skills necessary to teach writing and will produce a book-length, publishable manuscript.

Students also have the opportunity to gain extensive experience in literary editing and publishing while enrolled in the program. Ninth Letter, our innovative literature and arts magazine, is published in collaboration with the School of Art and Design. This semi-annual publication features emerging and established writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and other genres undefined, as well as visual artists working in a variety of mediums. All of this collaborative energy comes together in a highly designed format, both in print and on the web. Students may enroll in the Ninth Letter literary publishing course and are eligible to apply for a range of semester-long assistantships. All students admitted to the graduate program are granted financial aid throughout the three-year program, usually in the form of teaching assistantships, as long as they remain in good standing. All awards include tuition and partial fee waivers, although students must pay some fees.


last updated 05/06/2014