Program description: Texas Tech offers both the MA and PhD in English with a creative writing emphasis. See our very informative website for full information, and feel free to contact any of the faculty to discuss our program, or just talk about graduate school in general.
Our accomplished faculty are working writers and editors, as well as dedicated teachers. Our vocations are writing and teaching; we work with students. We’re very proud of our students’ own achievements, from prestigious contests and book publications, to journal publications, readings, and community service, and more. Moreover, we’re proud of our students’ teaching. MA candidates can teach in our newly revamped composition program, as well as lead discussion sections of literature courses. PhD students teach a full range of courses from composition to creative writing to their own literature courses. (All students are competitively funded; scholarships are also available.)
We offer the full range of specializations in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction; in addition to opportunities to explore translation, editing, letterpress printing, and video essays. Whether you have a single-minded focus in, say, poetry, or if you want to explore your own version of hybridity, this is a good place to be. Regardless of one’s writing focus/foci, the person who succeeds here is one who understands that reading and careful study of the literary traditions—in all their diversity—and literary theory are essential to good writing, teaching, citizenship.