Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma, United States

Residential program

The program offers full funding for MFA and PhD. Most accepted applicants receive full funding to graduate program if they meet the priority placement application deadline and fill out a teaching assistantship application. The MFA and PhD degree program offers teaching assistantships, tuition waivers, competitive fellowships, annual creative writing scholarship competitions, competitive administrative opportunities for current students (including Assistant Director of Creative Writing position and Cimarron Review editorships), and graduate teaching assistantships for tutoring in the Writing Center or teaching freshman composition or creative writing.

Since 1975, our creative writing program has been an integral part of a Department committed to diversity in its offerings and to helping students make the correct educational choices for a career in teaching. OSU's English graduate program in creative writing focuses on the vital relationship between the composition of the literary arts--poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction--and the larger literary tradition of our language. In both the MFA and PhD programs, students select course work to balance their writing courses and literary study. Creative writing students meet the examination requirements for all engaged in the study of literature, augmenting those studies with writing workshops, and submit original creative works in place of the traditional scholarly thesis or dissertation.

The creative writing faculty welcome students from various backgrounds and we function well with an eclectic range of student writing. We all find personal contact with student writers to be rewarding, we encourage cross-genre study, and we limit enrollment in workshops to 12 students, allowing for rigorous, yet supportive, educational settings. Our PhD program attracts a diverse population of writers holding both MA and MFA degrees. Typically, the program consists of around 50 writers.

We host, on average, five visiting writers a year.

Cimarron Review, a quarterly literary journal published since 1967, is edited and produced by the program; staff members include program students. Program students present frequent readings in cooperation with the Creative Writers' Association and the English Graduate Student Association, and support is available to assist program students to travel to regional conferences and workshops.

For BA students, Frontier Mosaic is an undergraduate student-run literary magazine serving as a forum for the creative work of undergraduate students at Oklahoma State University. Our annual publication, released each spring, includes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual art. Frontier Mosaic, www.frontiermosaic.com, an official English Department publication and campus organization, provides undergraduate internships, training, and leadership opportunities in digital literary publishing and editing, while also fostering campus and community engagement in creative writing and visual arts.


Contact Information

205 Morrill Hall
English Dept, College of Arts & Sciences
Stillwater
Oklahoma, United States
74078
Phone: (405) 744-1470
Email: aimee@okstate.edu
https://english.okstate.edu/academics/program-descriptions/creative-writing



DEGREE PROGRAMS

The undergraduate writing community is served by Frontier Mosaic and by the Creative Writers' Association, both of which sponsor readings and social events, often in conjunction with our thriving graduate program. For BA students, Frontier Mosaic is an undergraduate student-run literary magazine serving as a forum for the creative work of undergraduate students at Oklahoma State University. Our annual publication, released each spring, includes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual art. Frontier Mosaic, www.frontiermosaic.com, an official English Department publication and campus organization, provides undergraduate internships, training, and leadership opportunities in digital literary publishing and editing, while also fostering campus and community engagement in creative writing and visual arts. Undergraduate writers are eligible for all program awards competitions.

Largest Class Size: 18
Smallest Class Size: 10
Genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
Unit of Measure: Hours
Other: Cross-genre study is required, as is literary study in both British and American areas and/or cultur

Graduate Program Director

Aimee Parkison
205 Morrill Hall
English Dept, College of Arts & Sciences
Stillwater
Oklahoma, United States
74078
Email: aimee@okstate.edu
URL: https://english.okstate.edu/programs/english-programs/creative-writing/11-faculty/156-aimee-parkison

The program offers full funding. Most accepted applicants receive full funding if they meet the priority placement application deadline and fill out a teaching assistantship application. The program offers teaching assistantships, tuition waivers, competitive fellowships, annual creative writing scholarship competitions, competitive administrative opportunities for current students (including Assistant Director of Creative Writing position and Cimarron Review editorships), and graduate teaching assistantships for tutoring in the Writing Center or teaching freshman composition or creative writing.

Since 1975, our creative writing program has been an integral part of a Department committed to diversity in its offerings and to helping students make the correct educational choices for a career in teaching. OSU's English graduate program in creative writing focuses on the vital relationship between the literary arts of fictional, poetic, and dramatic composition and the larger literary tradition of our language. In both the MFA and PhD programs, students select course work to balance their writing courses and literary study. Creative writing students meet the examination requirements for all engaged in the study of literature, augmenting those studies with writing workshops, and submit original creative works in place of the traditional scholarly thesis or dissertation. Doctoral students also have the option of testing in the Practical Poetics and Fictional Rhetoric comprehensive examination area. We are proud of our excellent placement record.

The creative writing faculty welcome students from various backgrounds and we function well with an eclectic range of student writing. We all find personal contact with student writers to be rewarding, we encourage cross-genre study, and we limit enrollment in workshops to 12 students, allowing for rigorous, yet supportive, educational settings.

We host, on average, five visiting writers a year.

Cimarron Review, a quarterly literary journal published since 1967, is edited and produced by the program; staff members include program students. Program students present frequent readings in cooperation with the Creative Writers' Association and the English Graduate Student Association, and support is available to assist program students to travel to regional conferences and workshops.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 25
Smallest Class Size: 25
Genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
Duration of Study: 3 years
Unit of Measure: Hours
Workshop: 15
Literature: 6
Other: 9
Thesis: 12
Total Units for Degree: 42
Other Requirements: Required course in rhetoric/composition teaching methods for teaching assistantships.
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, Other

Graduate Program Director

Aimee Parkison
205 Morrill Hall
English Dept, College of Arts & Sciences
Stillwater
Oklahoma, United States
74078
Email: aimee@okstate.edu
URL: https://english.okstate.edu/programs/english-programs/creative-writing/11-faculty/156-aimee-parkison

The program offers full funding. Most accepted applicants receive full funding if they meet the priority placement application deadline and fill out a teaching assistantship application. The program offers teaching assistantships, tuition waivers, competitive fellowships, annual creative writing scholarship competitions, competitive administrative opportunities for current students (including Assistant Director of Creative Writing position and Cimarron Review editorships), and graduate teaching assistantships for tutoring in the Writing Center or teaching freshman composition or creative writing.

Since 1975, our creative writing program has been an integral part of a Department committed to diversity in its offerings and to helping students make the correct educational choices for a career in teaching. OSU's English graduate program in creative writing focuses on the vital relationship between the literary arts of fictional, poetic, and dramatic composition and the larger literary tradition of our language. In both the MFA and PhD programs, students select course work to balance their writing courses and literary study. Creative writing students meet the examination requirements for all engaged in the study of literature, augmenting those studies with writing workshops, and submit original creative works in place of the traditional scholarly thesis or dissertation. Doctoral students also have the option of testing in the Practical Poetics and Fictional Rhetoric comprehensive examination area. We are proud of our excellent placement record.

The creative writing faculty welcome students from various backgrounds and we function well with an eclectic range of student writing. We all find personal contact with student writers to be rewarding, we encourage cross-genre study, and we limit enrollment in workshops to 12 students, allowing for rigorous, yet supportive, educational settings. Our PhD program attracts a diverse population of writers holding both MA and MFA degrees. Typically, the program consists of 25-30 writers in any given semester.

We host, on average, five visiting writers a year.

Cimarron Review, a quarterly literary journal published since 1967, is edited and produced by the program; staff members include program students. Program students present frequent readings in cooperation with the Creative Writers' Association and the English Graduate Student Association, and support is available to assist program students to travel to regional conferences and workshops.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 25
Smallest Class Size: 25
Genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
Duration of Study: 5 years
Unit of Measure: Hours
Workshop: 15
Thesis: 20
Total Units for Degree: 60
Other Requirements: Written comprehensive examination; oral defense of dissertation; mastery of one foreign language or reading knowledge of two; required course in rhetoric/composition teaching methods for teaching assistantships.
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, Cover Letter




FACULTY

Lisa Lewis

The Unbeliever, Silent Treatment, Vivisect, Burned House with Swimming Pool, The Body Double, Taxonomy of the Missing

https://english.okstate.edu/11-faculty/34-lisa-lewis


Toni Graham

The Daiquiri Girls, Waiting for Elvis, The Suicide Club

https://english.okstate.edu/11-faculty/32-toni-graham


Aimee Parkison

Refrigerated Music for a Gleaming Woman, Woman with Dark Horses, The Innocent Party, The Petals of Your Eyes

www.aimeeparkison.com


Sarah Beth Childers

Shake Terribly the Earth

https://english.okstate.edu/217-sarah-beth-childers


Janine Joseph

Driving Without a License

https://english.okstate.edu/218-janine-joseph


Dinah Cox

Remarkable

https://english.okstate.edu/224-dinah-cox





COMMUNITY

Oklahoma State University Distinguished Visiting Writers Series (https://english.okstate.edu/academics/program-descriptions/creative-writing)