Bowling Green State University

Ohio, United States

Residential program

The MFA Program in Creative Writing is a composite of 36 credit hrs, mostly work in writing itself, at least one course in the study of poetry or fiction technique, and the remainder in either recommended courses or electives. A creative thesis and an oral examination are required for graduation.

Graduate writers will be allowed to choose electives from a number of fields which have been as wide-ranging as philosophy, physics, history, art, novel writing, desktop publishing, and creative writing program administration, allowing valuable opportunity to increase knowledge in many relevant areas. Students choose a body of electives early in their programs and need only show a relationship between their specific goals as writers and the electives.

Four summer fellowships are awarded yearly to winners of the Devine Memorial Fellowships. All qualified students wanting teaching assistantships receive them, usually 100% of our students. Applications to the program must include a portfolio of the student's work; applications are due by January 15 for admission the following fall.


Contact Information

211 East Hall
Creative Writing Program/English Dept
Bowling Green
Ohio, United States
43403-0001
Phone: (419) 372-6864
Email: jberry@bgsu.edu
Fax: english@bgsu.edu
http://www.bgsu.edu/arts-and-sciences/english/creative-writing.html

 



DEGREE PROGRAMS

Undergraduate Program Director

Lawrence Coates
Director of Creative Writing
213 East Hall
Creative Writing /English Department
Bowling Green
Ohio, United States
43403-0001
Email: coatesl@bgsu.edu
URL: http://www.bgsu.edu/arts-and-sciences/english/creative-writing.html

Bowling Green State University's undergraduate Creative Writing Program leads to a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing. Designed to give the undergraduate writer both maximum writing time and time for independent work with the writing staff, the program offers 18-24 s/hrs (6 courses) in workshop. World literature courses, craft courses, and modern and contemporary courses offer the student craft, content, and vocabulary. In their senior year, students create a manuscript of their own writings and participate in a public reading. The Creative Writing Program has hosted readings by such nationally known writers as James Baldwin, Galway Kinnell, C.K. Williams, Stephen Dunn, Marge Piercy. See graduate listing for information on the faculty.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 15
Smallest Class Size: 10
Genres: Fiction, Poetry
In State Tuition 9500
Duration of Study: 4 years
Unit of Measure: Hours
Other Requirements: A BFA thesis is required.

Graduate Program Director

Lawrence Coates
Director of Creative Writing
213 East Hall
Creative Writing /English Department
Bowling Green
Ohio, United States
43403-0001
Email: coatesl@bgsu.edu
URL: http://www.bgsu.edu/arts-and-sciences/english/creative-writing.html

The MFA Program in Creative Writing is a composite of 36 credit hrs, mostly work in writing itself, at least one course in the study of poetry or fiction technique, and the remainder in either recommended courses or electives. A creative thesis and an oral examination are required for graduation.

Graduate writers will be allowed to choose electives from a number of fields which have been as wide-ranging as philosophy, physics, history, art, novel writing, desktop publishing, and creative writing program administration, allowing valuable opportunity to increase knowledge in many relevant areas. Students choose a body of electives early in their programs and need only show a relationship between their specific goals as writers and the electives.

Four summer fellowships are awarded yearly to winners of the Devine Memorial Fellowships. All qualified students wanting teaching assistantships receive them, usually 100% of our students. Applications to the program must include a portfolio of the student's work; applications are due by February 15 for admission the following fall.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 10
Smallest Class Size: 10
Genres: Fiction, Poetry
Duration of Study: 2 years
Unit of Measure: Hours
Workshop: 15
Other: 12
Thesis: 6
Total Units for Degree: 36
Other Requirements: Final oral exam and thesis defense
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, GRE, Cover Letter




FACULTY

Sharona Muir

Sharona Muir is the author of Invisible Beasts: Tales of the Animals That Go Unseen Among Us, along with a memoir, The Book of Telling: Tracing the Secrets of My Father’s Lives, a book of poetry, During Ceasefire, and a scholarly study, The Artificial Paradise: Science Fiction and American Culture. Her poetry and prose have appeared in numerous journals including the New York Times; she is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Alfred Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, and two Ohio Arts Council Fellowships.

http://www.bgsu.edu/arts-and-sciences/english/creative-writing.html


Lawrence Coates

Lawrence Coates is the author of five books, most recently a novel, The Goodbye House, and a novella, Camp Olvido. His work has been recognized with the Western States Book Award in Fiction, the Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, the Nancy Dasher Award in Creative Writing, and the Miami University Press Novella Prize. He is the recipient of Creative Writing Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

www.lawrencecoates.com


Wendell Mayo

Wendell Mayo is the author of four story collections, recently The Cucumber King of Kedainiai, winner of the Subito Press Award for Innovative Fiction. His other collections are Centaur of the North, B. Horror and Other Stories, and In Lithuanian Wood. He received an NEA fellowship and a Fulbright to Lithuania. Over 100 of his stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, including Yale Review, Harvard Review, and Missouri Review.

http://www.bgsu.edu/arts-and-sciences/english/creative-writing.html


Larissa Szporluk

Larissa Szporluk is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Traffic with Macbeth, published by Tupelo Press in 2011. Her books have won the Iowa Prize, the Foreword Book of the Year, and the Barnard Prize. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ohio Arts Council. Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry 1999, 2001 and 2012, and many other anthologies.

http://www.bgsu.edu/arts-and-sciences/english/creative-writing.html


Theresa Williams

Theresa Williams is author of The Secret of Hurricanes, which was a finalist for the Paterson Fiction Prize. She has work published in Chattahoochee Review, Gargoyle, Hunger Mountain, The Sun, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of two individual Excellence Ohio Arts Council Grants for fiction.

http://www.bgsu.edu/arts-and-sciences/english/creative-writing.html


Abigail Cloud

Abigail Cloud is the Editor-in-Chief of Mid-American Review. Her poetry collection, Sylph, won the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize from Pleiades Press. Her poems have appeared in journals such as American Poetry Review, Cincinnati Review, and The Gettysburg Review.

https://casit.bgsu.edu/midamericanreview/


Dan Rzicznek

F. Daniel Rzicznek is the author of three poetry collections, Settlers (forthcoming from Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press), Divination Machine (Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press) and Neck of the World (Utah State University Press), as well as four chapbooks, most recently Live Feeds (Epiphany Editions). He is coeditor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry: Contemporary Poets in Discussion and Practice (Rose Metal Press). His recent poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in West Branch, Willow Springs, Colorado Review, 32 Poems, TYPO, Terrain, The Collagist and elsewhere. Rzicznek teaches writing at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.


Brad Felver

Brad Felver is the author of The Dogs of Detroit, which won the 2018 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. His other honors include an O. Henry Award, a Pushcart Prize Special Mention, and the Zone 3 Fiction Award. He teaches at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

http://www.bgsu.edu/arts-and-sciences/english/creative-writing.html


Joe Celizic


Jessica Zinz-Cheresnick


Cheryl Lachowski





COMMUNITY

Barry Lopez, Jaimy Gordon, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Benjamin Percy, Amelia Gray, Matt Bell, Anthony Doerr, Jamaal May, Alan Heathcock, Rebecca Klaver

College of Arts and Sciences Reading Series (https://casit.bgsu.edu/midamericanreview/)

Winter Wheat (https://casit.bgsu.edu/midamericanreview/winter-wheat/)