University of Denver

Colorado, United States

Residential program

Since 1947, when the program in writing at the University of Denver was founded by the dean of small-press publishing in America, Alan Swallow, the Department of English has offered the MA and PhD degrees in creative writing with emphasis on poetry or fiction. The program has evolved over the years to continue to serve the serious writer, and graduates such as Christine Hume, Malinda Markham, Heather McHugh, Reg McKnight, and Mark Harris have gone on to do serious work. But the program is also designed to serve the potential teacher of writing and literature. It presupposes that writing demands an important commitment of time and effort, the development of intelligence, and the acquisition of knowledge. The program is designed to help the writer understand the nature of the creative process in oneself and others - rather than to foster "success" in a too-easy sense of the term. Although the Writing Program accepts a small number of MA students, the large majority of students are in the PhD program.

The Writing Program is an integral part of the Department of English, and its requirements and goals are essentially the same as those of the Department as a whole. It is not, however, a mere addendum to the Department. Fully half of the students in the Department of English are in the Writing Program - students in the MA or PhD programs take most of the same courses as students in the academic program, in addition to the workshop courses, courses in history and theory of genre, and the occasional ad hoc course designed to serve a particular need of the writers. Thus the writing students are exposed to many more of the faculty than the four full-time writers who make up the writing program.

The Denver Quarterly, edited by Bin Ramke, is an essential part of the writing experience at the University of Denver, and serves as a focus for many graduate activities, including an editorial assistantship. Other Teaching Assistantships are available, as are a limited number of scholarship hours.

Contact Information

2000 E. Asbury Ave.
English Department Pioneer Hall
Denver
Colorado, United States
80208
Phone: (303) 871-2885
Email: selahann@aol.com
http://du.edu/english/gradcwr.html



DEGREE PROGRAMS
Genres: Fiction, Poetry
Total Units for Degree: 44


Since 1947, when the program in writing at the University of Denver was founded by the dean of small-press publishing in America, Alan Swallow, the Department of English has offered the MA and PhD degrees in creative writing with emphasis on poetry or fiction. The program has evolved over the years to continue to serve the serious writer, and graduates such as Christine Hume, Malinda Markham, Heather McHugh, Reg McKnight, and Mark Harris have gone on to do serious work. But the program is also designed to serve the potential teacher of writing and literature. It presupposes that writing demands an important commitment of time and effort, the development of intelligence, and the acquisition of knowledge. The program is designed to help the writer understand the nature of the creative process in oneself and others - rather than to foster "success" in a too-easy sense of the term. Although the Writing Program accepts a small number of MA students, the large majority of students are in the PhD program.

The Writing Program is an integral part of the Department of English, and its requirements and goals are essentially the same as those of the Department as a whole. It is not, however, a mere addendum to the Department. Fully half of the students in the Department of English are in the Writing Program - students in the MA or PhD programs take most of the same courses as students in the academic program, in addition to the workshop courses, courses in history and theory of genre, and the occasional ad hoc course designed to serve a particular need of the writers. Thus the writing students are exposed to many more of the faculty than the four full-time writers who make up the writing program.

The Denver Quarterly, edited by Bin Ramke, is an essential part of the writing experience at the University of Denver, and serves as a focus for many graduate activities, including an editorial assistantship. Other Teaching Assistantships are available, as are a limited number of scholarship hours.

Largest Class Size: 15
Smallest Class Size: 15
Genres: Fiction, Poetry
Unit of Measure: Hours
Workshop: 12
Total Units for Degree: 45
Other Requirements: Reading knowledge of one foreign language.

Since 1947, when the program in writing at the University of Denver was founded by the dean of small-press publishing in America, Alan Swallow, the Department of English has offered the MA and PhD degrees in creative writing with emphasis on poetry or fiction. The program has evolved over the years to continue to serve the serious writer, and graduates such as Christine Hume, Malinda Markham, Heather McHugh, Reg McKnight, and Mark Harris have gone on to do serious work. But the program is also designed to serve the potential teacher of writing and literature. It presupposes that writing demands an important commitment of time and effort, the development of intelligence, and the acquisition of knowledge. The program is designed to help the writer understand the nature of the creative process in oneself and others - rather than to foster "success" in a too-easy sense of the term. Although the Writing Program accepts a small number of MA students, the large majority of students are in the PhD program.

The Writing Program is an integral part of the Department of English, and its requirements and goals are essentially the same as those of the Department as a whole. It is not, however, a mere addendum to the Department. Fully half of the students in the Department of English are in the Writing Program - students in the MA or PhD programs take most of the same courses as students in the academic program, in addition to the workshop courses, courses in history and theory of genre, and the occasional ad hoc course designed to serve a particular need of the writers. Thus the writing students are exposed to many more of the faculty than the four full-time writers who make up the writing program.

The Denver Quarterly, edited by Bin Ramke, is an essential part of the writing experience at the University of Denver, and serves as a focus for many graduate activities, including an editorial assistantship. Other Teaching Assistantships are available, as are a limited number of scholarship hours.

Largest Class Size: 15
Smallest Class Size: 15
Genres: Fiction, Poetry
Unit of Measure: Hours
Workshop: 12
Total Units for Degree: 45
Other Requirements: Reading knowledge of one foreign language.




FACULTY

Brian Kiteley

Still Life With Insects and I Know Many Songs, But I Cannot Sing

http://mysite.du.edu/~bkiteley/


Bin Ramke

editor of the Denver Quarterly, author of Airs, Waters, Places, Wake, and Massacre of the Innocents

https://portfolio.du.edu/pc/port?portfolio=bramke


Bill Zaranka

A Mirror Driven Through Nature and Blessing; editor of The Brand-X Anthology of Poetry, A Parody Anthology

http://www.du.edu/ahss/schools/english/creativewriting/faculty/Zaranka,_Bill.html


Eleni Sikelianos

The Monster Lives of Boys and Girls, Earliest Worlds, and To Speak While Dreaming;


Laird Hunt

The Impossibly and Indiana, Indiana

http://www.lairdhunt.net/


Selah Saterstrom

The Meat and Spirit Plan, The Pink Institution

http://selahsaterstrom.blogspot.com/