Ohio University, Main Campus

Ohio, United States

Residential program

One of the first universities in the country to offer a PhD in Creative Writing, Ohio University continues as home to a thriving, widely respected graduate program with concentrations in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Small by design, our graduate program offers a comprehensive curriculum, an award-winning faculty, and the intimacy of small classes.

Students in our MA and PhD programs enjoy:

-Nationally competitive graduate stipends, up to $15,000 per year, with opportunities to teach a wide range of courses, including creative writing workshops

-Generous graduate student travel funding

-Editorial fellowships on The New Ohio Review, Quarter after Eight, and Brevity

-Opportunities to interact with our distinguished visiting writers, including funding for long-term mentoring arrangements

Graduates of the Creative Writing Program have won numerous national awards. Distinguished alumni include William Heyen, Bin Ramke, Stanley Plumly, Dave Smith, Patricia Goedicke, Robert Taylor, Wendell Mayo, Sarah Einstein, Kelly Sundberg, and Jaswinder Bolina. Current students have books forthcoming or in press from University of Iowa Press, University of Georgia Press, Publishing Genius, Shebooks, and Main Street Rag.

In the past three years, 90% of our PhD graduates have gone on to full-time teaching positions, including three tenure-track positions. Our MA students are highly competitive when applying to MFA and PhD programs.

Both the MA and the PhD programs culminate in a book-length manuscript deemed by the Creative Writing faculty to be of publishable quality. The dissertation is expected to be of greater length and complexity than the MA thesis, and to include a significant critical/scholarly component. In the past two years, five of our 13 current PhD students have published books or signed contracts with national publishers, including HarperCollins, University of Nebraska Press, Press 53, University of Wisconsin Press, and others.

Each year the Program brings visiting writers to campus, often for three-day residencies. The annual Spring Literary Festival, a nationally noted event, brings five distinguished writers to Ohio University for three days of public events. Recent visitors include George Saunders, Lydia Davis, Mary Ruefle, Rebecca Solnit, Marie Howe, and Robert Pinsky.


Contact Information

1 Ohio University
Creative Writing, 360 Ellis Hall
Athens
Ohio, United States
45701
Phone: 740-490-5116
Email: moored4@ohio.edu
https://www.ohio.edu/cas/english/#_



DEGREE PROGRAMS

Undergraduate Program Director

Dinty W. Moore
Professor of Creative Writing
1 Ohio University
Creative Writing, 360 Ellis Hall
Athens
Ohio, United States
45701
Email: moored4@ohio.edu
URL: https://www.ohio.edu/cas/english/#_

The creative writing program offers students a range of beginning, intermediate, and advanced workshops in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Undergraduates have a unique opportunity to concentrate in Creative Writing by electing sixteen hours of writing classes in addition to the Form and Theory requirement.

Creative Writing majors, working closely with a distinguished core faculty of professional writers, can enrich their background in literature provided by the English major curriculum with a rigorous apprenticeship to their craft.

In addition, the program regularly invites writers to campus for residency, workshops, and readings. Each year, five eminent authors are invited to participate in the three-day Spring Literary Festival. These visits provide a unique complement to the student's workshop experience.\nAt the undergraduate level, Ohio University offers creative writing workshops in fiction, poetry, nonfiction; courses in form and theory of these three genres; literary editing and publishing; and independent projects in each genre.

Largest Class Size: 15
Smallest Class Size: 5
Genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
Unit of Measure: Hours
Other: English composition; foreign language proficiency; humanities; social sciences; natural sciences.

Graduate Program Director

Dinty W. Moore
Professor of Creative Writing
1 Ohio University
Creative Writing, 360 Ellis Hall
Athens
Ohio, United States
45701
Email: moored4@ohio.edu
URL: https://www.ohio.edu/cas/english/#_

One of the first universities in the country to offer a PhD in Creative Writing, Ohio University continues as home to a thriving, widely respected graduate program with concentrations in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Small by design, our graduate program offers a comprehensive curriculum, an award-winning faculty, and the intimacy of small classes.

Students in our MA and PhD programs enjoy:

-Nationally competitive graduate stipends, up to $15,000 per year, with opportunities to teach a wide range of courses, including creative writing workshops

-Generous graduate student travel funding

-Editorial fellowships on The New Ohio Review, Quarter after Eight, and Brevity

-Opportunities to interact with our distinguished visiting writers, including funding for long-term mentoring arrangements

Graduates of the Creative Writing Program have won numerous national awards. Distinguished alumni include William Heyen, Bin Ramke, Stanley Plumly, Dave Smith, Patricia Goedicke, Robert Taylor, Wendell Mayo, and Ed Allen.

In the past three years, 90% of our PhD graduates have gone on to full-time teaching positions, including three tenure-track positions. Our MA students are highly competitive when applying to MFA and PhD programs.

Both the MA and the PhD programs culminate in a book-length manuscript deemed by the Creative Writing faculty to be of publishable quality. The dissertation is expected to be of greater length and complexity than the MA thesis, and to include a significant critical/scholarly component. In the past two years, five of our 13 current PhD students have published books or signed contracts with national publishers, including University of Nebraska Press, Press 53, University of Wisconsin Press, and others.

Each year the Program brings visiting writers to campus, often for three-day residencies. The annual Spring Literary Festival, a nationally noted event, brings five distinguished writers to Ohio University for three days of public events. Our Literary Festival line-up in 2010 included George Saunders, Lydia Davis, Mary Ruefle, Tim Seibles, and Robin Hemley.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 7
Smallest Class Size: 7
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
Unit of Measure: Hours
Workshop: 1520
Literature: 3540
Thesis: 515
Total Units for Degree: 70
Other Requirements: Bibliography and methods course or history-of-English course; form and theory course; oral defense of thesis.
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, GRE, Cover Letter

Graduate Program Director

Dinty W. Moore
Professor of Creative Writing
1 Ohio University
Creative Writing, 360 Ellis Hall
Athens
Ohio, United States
45701
Email: moored4@ohio.edu
URL: https://www.ohio.edu/cas/english/#_

One of the first universities in the country to offer a PhD in Creative Writing, Ohio University continues as home to a thriving, widely respected graduate program with concentrations in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Small by design, our graduate program offers a comprehensive curriculum, an award-winning faculty, and the intimacy of small classes.

Students in our MA and PhD programs enjoy:

-Nationally competitive graduate stipends, up to $15,000 per year, with opportunities to teach a wide range of courses, including creative writing workshops

-Generous graduate student travel funding

-Editorial fellowships on The New Ohio Review, Quarter after Eight, and Brevity

-Opportunities to interact with our distinguished visiting writers, including funding for long-term mentoring arrangements

Graduates of the Creative Writing Program have won numerous national awards. Distinguished alumni include William Heyen, Bin Ramke, Stanley Plumly, Dave Smith, Patricia Goedicke, Robert Taylor, Wendell Mayo, and Ed Allen.

In the past three years, 90% of our PhD graduates have gone on to full-time teaching positions, including three tenure-track positions. Our MA students are highly competitive when applying to MFA and PhD programs.

Both the MA and the PhD programs culminate in a book-length manuscript deemed by the Creative Writing faculty to be of publishable quality. The dissertation is expected to be of greater length and complexity than the MA thesis, and to include a significant critical/scholarly component. In the past two years, five of our 13 current PhD students have published books or signed contracts with national publishers, including University of Nebraska Press, Press 53, University of Wisconsin Press, and others.

Each year the Program brings visiting writers to campus, often for three-day residencies. The annual Spring Literary Festival, a nationally noted event, brings five distinguished writers to Ohio University for three days of public events. Our Literary Festival line-up in 2010 included George Saunders, Lydia Davis, Mary Ruefle, Tim Seibles, and Robin Hemley.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 7
Smallest Class Size: 7
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
Unit of Measure: Hours
Workshop: 1520
Literature: 3540
Thesis: 515
Total Units for Degree: 70
Other Requirements: Bibliography and methods course or history-of-English course; form and theory course; oral defense of thesis.
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, GRE, Cover Letter




FACULTY

Joan Connor

Here on Old Route 7, We Who Live Apart

https://www.ohio.edu/cas/english/contact/profiles.cfm?profile=connor


Mark Halliday

Little Star, Tasker Street, Selfwolf

https://www.ohio.edu/cas/english/contact/profiles.cfm?profile=hallidam


Bianca Lynne Spriggs

Bianca Lynne Spriggs is an award-winning writer and multidisciplinary artist from Lexington, Kentucky. Bianca is the author of four collections of poems, most recently Call Her By Her Name (Northwestern University Press, 2016) and The Galaxy Is a Dance Floor (Argos Books, 2016). She is the co-editor of three poetry anthologies, most recently Undead: Ghouls, Ghosts & More (Apex Publications, 2017) and the forthcoming Black Bone: 25 Years of the Affrilachian Poets (University of Kentucky Press, 2018).

https://biancaspriggs.com/


Dinty W Moore

Dinty W. Moore is author of The Story Cure: A Book Doctor’s Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir, the memoir Between Panic & Desire, and many other books. He has published essays and stories in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Arts & Letters, The Normal School, and elsewhere

www.dintywmoore.com


J. Allyn Rosser

Misery Prefigured

https://www.ohio.edu/cas/english/contact/profiles.cfm?profile=rosserj


Eric Lemay

In Praise of Nothing, Immortal Milk

http://www.ericlemay.org/


Patrick O'Keeffe

The Visitors, The Hill Road

http://www.authortrek.com/patrick_o-keeffe_page.html





COMMUNITY

Robert Pinsky, Dorothy Allison, Roxane Gay, Bonnie Joe Campbell, Tony Hoagland, Kathryn Harrison, Barry Lopez, Francine Prose, Peter Ho Davies, Kim Addonizio, David Shields, Robert Hass, Charles Simic, Yusef Komunyakaa, Ron Carlson, and Marilynne Robinson.