The University of Kansas' MFA is a three-year program with tracks in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and playwriting. Typically, students in the program take course work for the first two years of the program and then take the third year to write their thesis. Students may take up to 15 credit hours to complete the thesis, and by the time they graduate they will have produced a book-length manuscript of poetry or prose. KU's MFA program is distinguished by its emphasis on both creative and analytical work. All MFA students are required to take graduate-level literature and/or composition/rhetoric courses along with creative writing workshops. Students think and write critically as well as creatively, and are expected to read scholarly texts as well as fiction, poetry, drama, and creative non-fiction.
A GTA appointment incudes a tuition waiver for six semesters plus a competitive stipend. In the first year, GTA appointees teach English 101 (first year composition) and English 102 (a required reading and writing course). MFA students have the opportunity to teach and introductory course in creative writing in their third year, and opportunities are available for a limited number of advanced GTAs to teach in the summer.
The creative writing faculty at KU has been widely published and anthologized, winning both critical and popular acclaim. Faculty awards include such distinctions as the Nebula Award, Hugo Award, Osborn Award, Shelley Memorial Award, Gertrude Stein Award, the Kenyon Review Prize, the Kentucky Center Gold Medallion, and the Pushcart Prize.
Our program's award-winning students and graduates publish widely in journals and have published books with numerous presses, including Black Lawrence Press, Black Balloon Publishing, and the University of Massachusetts Press. To see what current students are up to, visit our Facebook page.