University of Utah

Utah, United States

Residential program

The University of Utah offers a vibrant and highly successful program exploring creative writing, committed on all levels to developing well-rounded practitioners with substantial backgrounds in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, digital writing practices, hybrid and other experimental forms, book arts, and literary history and theory.

Our program hosts a dynamic reading series and opportunities for interaction with visiting authors and scholars. Undergraduates are introduced to a variety of writing lives through small workshops and intensive focus on their work, while studying the larger ecology of contemporary publishing. In our graduate program, home to Quarterly West and Western Humanities Review, students intensify and deepen their investigation. We offer a modular MFA in Environmental Humanities, the American West, or Book Arts. Many graduates in our PhD Program, which Atlantic Monthly rated as among the top five in the country, publish widely in literary journals, place books before or soon after completing the program, win national and international awards, oversee and participate in a graduate reading series, and go on to find good academic positions.

Our renowned and aesthetically diverse faculty, whose honors include Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, Pushcart Prizes, the Berlin Prize, and other prestigious recognition of their creative work, scholarship, and teaching, includes Katharine Coles, Michael Mejia, Lance Olsen, Jacqueline Osherow, Paisley Rekdal, and Melanie Rae Thon.

Our students have published in national literary magazines and journals, and recent work has won the AWP Award in Poetry, the Yale Younger Poets Prize, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, the Flannery O'Connor Award, the Walt Whitman Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award among many other prizes and achievements.

All PhD students, and many of our MFA students, receive a comprehensive support package, and gain valuable teaching training and experience over the course of their degree. For more information about the program, faculty, past and present reading series, and available graduate student funding and fellowships, please visit our website.


Contact Information

255 S. Central Campus Dr.
Room 3500 LNCO, English
Salt Lake City
Utah, United States
84112-0494
Phone: (801) 581-6168
Email: gerri.mackey@utah.edu
http://hum.utah.edu/english/?pageId=25



DEGREE PROGRAMS
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction


Graduate Program Director

Lance Olsen
Director, Creative Writing Program
255 S. Central Campus Dr.
Room 3500 LNCO,English
Salt Lake City
Utah, United States
84112-0494
Email: paisley.rekdal@utah.edu

Recently written up by the ATLANTIC MONTHLY as "one of the top five PhD in Creative Writing programs in the country," the University of Utah Creative Writing Program offers MFA and PhD degrees in a lively and vibrant intellectual atmosphere. By contrast with many similar departments, students in our graduate program are not segregated by field or degree and can take the same courses together. Students also benefit from a diverse and intellectually rigorous course of study. Students at all levels can participate in editing two national literary magazines, QUARTERLY WEST and WESTERN HUMANITIES REVIEW, as well as work on the internationally renowned independent press FC2. The Program's Guest Writers Series brings in nationally renowned poets and writers, such as Robert Hass, Michael Cunningham, Percival Everett, Cole Swenson, A. Van Jordan, Ben Marcus and JoAnn Beard, while the graduate students run their own popular reading series, The Working Dog.

Our students have published in national literary magazines and journals, and recent work has won the AWP Award in Poetry, the Yale Younger Poets Prize, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, the Flannery O'Connor Award, the Walt Whitman Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award among many other prizes and achievements.

All PhD students, and many of our MFA students, receive a comprehensive support package, and gain valuable teaching training and experience over the course of their degree. For more information about the program, faculty, past and present reading series, and available graduate student funding and fellowships, please visit our website.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 12
Smallest Class Size: 12
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
In State Tuition 5000
Out of State Tuition 13000
Unit of Measure: Hours
Criticism and Theory: 3
Workshop: 12
Literature: 15
Thesis: 6
Total Units for Degree: 33
Other Requirements: The MFA thesis is a book-length piece of publishable writing: a novel, collection of stories, or a collection of poems. Deadline for application without teaching assistantship is April 15.
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, GRE, Cover Letter

Graduate Program Director

Lance Olsen
Director, Creative Writing Program
255 S. Central Campus Dr.
Room 3500 LNCO,English
Salt Lake City
Utah, United States
84112-0494
Email: paisley.rekdal@utah.edu

Recently written up by the ATLANTIC MONTHLY as "one of the top five PhD in Creative Writing programs in the country," the University of Utah Creative Writing Program offers MFA and PhD degrees in a lively and vibrant intellectual atmosphere. By contrast with many similar departments, students in our graduate program are not segregated by field or degree and can take the same courses together. Students also benefit from a diverse and intellectually rigorous course of study. Students at all levels can participate in editing two national literary magazines, QUARTERLY WEST and WESTERN HUMANITIES REVIEW, as well as work on the internationally renowned independent press FC2. The Program's Guest Writers Series brings in nationally renowned poets and writers, such as Robert Hass, Michael Cunningham, Percival Everett, Cole Swenson, A. Van Jordan, Ben Marcus and JoAnn Beard, while the graduate students run their own popular reading series, The Working Dog.

Our students have published in national literary magazines and journals, and recent work has won the AWP Award in Poetry, the Yale Younger Poets Prize, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, the Flannery O'Connor Award, the Walt Whitman Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award among many other prizes and achievements.

All PhD students, and many of our MFA students, receive a comprehensive support package, and gain valuable teaching training and experience over the course of their degree. For more information about the program, faculty, past and present reading series, and available graduate student funding and fellowships, please visit our website.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 12
Smallest Class Size: 12
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
In State Tuition 5000
Out of State Tuition 13000
Unit of Measure: Hours
Criticism and Theory: 3
Workshop: 12
Literature: 15
Thesis: 6
Total Units for Degree: 33
Other Requirements: The MFA thesis is a book-length piece of publishable writing: a novel, collection of stories, or a collection of poems. Deadline for application without teaching assistantship is April 15.
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, GRE, Cover Letter




FACULTY

Francois Camoin

Deadly Virtues, The Revenge Convention in Webster: Middleton and Tourneur, Why Men Are Afraid of Women

http://www.hum.utah.edu/english/?module=facultyDetails&personId=14&orgId=297


Jacqueline Osherow

Dead Man's Praise, Looking for Angels in New York, Conversations with Survivors

http://www.hum.utah.edu/english/?module=facultyDetails&personId=22&orgId=297


Katharine Coles

A History of the Garden, The Measurable World, The Golden Years of the Fourth Dimension

http://www.hum.utah.edu/english/?module=facultyDetails&personId=101&orgId=297


Paisley Rekdal

The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee, The Invention Of The Kaleidoscope

http://www.hum.utah.edu/english/?module=facultyDetails&personId=149&orgId=297


Lance Olsen

Head in Flames, Hideous Beauties, Live from Earth

http://www.hum.utah.edu/english/?module=facultyDetails&personId=14956&orgId=297


Karen Brennan

Wild Desire; Here on Earth, The Garden In Which I Walk, The Real Enough World

http://www.hum.utah.edu/english/?module=facultyDetails&personId=87&orgId=297


Melanie Rae Thon

Sweet Hearts, First, Body, Girls in the Grass

http://www.hum.utah.edu/english/?module=facultyDetails&personId=124&orgId=297





COMMUNITY