R201. Should You Pursue a Creative Writing PhD?

Grand Salon B, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Graduates of MFA programs already have a terminal degree in hand. When and why might they want to pursue another one? What are the aims and requirements of creative writing PhD programs? How do they help students on the job market and in the marketplace? Faculty, students, and graduates from four different universities will discuss how to decide whether to apply, how to choose a program, how the admissions process works, and how to succeed in doctoral study.



Leah Stewart is the author of six novels, including The Myth of You and Me, The New Neighbor, and the upcoming What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw. She is the director of the creative writing program at the University of Cincinnati.

Michael Knight is the author of two novels (Divining Rod and The Typist), three collections of short stories (Dogfight and Other Stories, Goodnight, Nobody and Eveningland) and a book of novellas (The Holiday Season). He teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee.

Micah Dean Hicks is a Calvino Prize–winning author of fabulist fiction. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Kenyon Review Online, and other magazines. His collection of fairy tale-influenced stories, Electricity and Other Dreams, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

Gwen E. Kirby’s stories appear or are forthcoming in Guernica, Ninth Letter, New Ohio Review, Mississippi Review, and elsewhere, and she won the 2017 Disquiet Literary Prize for fiction. She earned her MFA at Johns Hopkins University and is a PhD candidate at the University of Cincinnati.

Danielle Cadena Deulen teaches at Willamette University and is the poetry series editor at Acre Books. She is the author of Our Emotions Get Carried Away Beyond Us (Barrow Street Book Contest), Lovely Asunder (Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize), and The Riots (AWP Award Series in Creative Nonfiction).


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center