The University of Kansas offers a PhD in Creative Writing, a rigorous program that combines creative writing and literary studies to prepare graduates for both scholarly and creative publication as well as teaching. After two years of course work, students prepare for the comprehensive oral examination covering three areas of focus. Upon successful completion of the comprehensive exam, candidates begin work on the creative dissertation, which includes a book-length work of creative writing and a scholarly research component.
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). PhD students have the opportunity to teach introductory courses in creative writing after 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.