University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Nevada, United States

Residential program

The 2017-18 academic year marks the 20th anniversary since the founding of the creative writing program at UNLV, and we’re pleased to celebrate by announcing a new concentration in Literary Nonfiction to add to our acclaimed concentrations in Poetry and Fiction. Our program is designed to appeal to developing writers who see themselves in a global context. By offering an intensive combination of workshops, literature classes, critical studies, study abroad, literary translation, explorations of genres other than the chosen concentration, active teacher training plus opportunities to gain practical experience in literary publishing, our mission is to provide an ideal educational framework for perfecting one’s art while at the same time cultivating the cultural and social awareness of the public intellectual and person of letters. All M.F.A. and Ph.D. students are fully funded for the three years of studies for their degrees (M.F.A.s with $15,000 Graduate Assistantships; Ph.D.s with $26,500 in Graduate Assistantships and fellowships from The Black Mountain Institute). Our faculty are committed to excellence in teaching, and to close, one-on-one mentoring. UNLV is one of the most diverse, multicultural universities anywhere, set in the dynamic urban center of Las Vegas, which is a fascinating and yet affordable place to live. Our partnership with the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute (BMI) provides opportunities for students to engage in creative and literary activities and in socially meaningful events for the city of Las Vegas and its greater community. Also, BMI now publishes "The Believer", one of the most innovative magazines of culture, arts, and literary nonfiction anywhere. Added to our program and department publishing the journals "Interim" and "Witness", this convergence of literary, scholarly, activist journalism and popular arts publishing promises a new and exciting foundation on which to build professional experience in literary publishing. All of this combined, we hope, will continue to attract the finest developing writers nationally and internationally, the original, talented minds and spirits who will continue to encourage what our program has been built upon from its beginnings -- a nurturing, thoughtful atmosphere of eye-opening global vision in a literary community committed to making positive contributions to the world.

M.F.A. Program: admitted students follow a three-year course of studies that includes literature & writing courses, time abroad, completion of a manuscript, literary translation, and a critical essay. This provides students with the opportunity to study the creative process across traditional borders of language and culture, giving students a more global and contemporary perspective on their craft. For their $15,000 Graduate Assistantships, M.F.A. students usually combine teaching courses in composition and/or business and professional writing, editorial assisting for the poetry journal "Interim" or for "The Believer," or are offered equivalent assignments in the university's writing center or by performing administrative duties for the department. Students are paid monthly from September through May and are not expected to teach during the summer.

Ph.D. with Creative Dissertation Program: admitted students complete a three-year course of studies with a strong emphasis in literature studies in addition to directed studies in writing. Competency is tested in a qualifying examination, usually taken during the candidate's third year. The dissertation is a creative work, such as a book-length manuscript of short stories or a novel, a book-length collection of essays or other work of literary nonfiction, or a collection of poems. Admission is limited to those who hold an M.A. or M.F.A. in English or Creative Writing. Ph.D. with Creative Dissertation students are supported for each of three years with $26,500 as a combination of the Graduate Assistantship and the BMI Fellowship, with duties to combine teaching courses in composition, literature, and/or creative writing with editorial work on the established literary journal "Witness" or other BMI publications. Students are paid monthly from September through May and are not expected to teach during the summer.

Alumni of the program have many books published by major presses, including Graywolf, Omnidawn, W.W. Norton, Grove/Atlantic, Soho, and Harper/Collins, & their stories & poems have appeared in "A Public Space", "The Iowa Review", "Glimmer Train", "Colorado Review", "Tin House", and "Fence", among others. Their collective accolades include the Whiting Writers' Award, O. Henry Award, Fulbright Award, New York Public Library Cullman Center Fellowship, Nevada Arts Council Artists' Fellowship, Mary Roberts Rinehart Award, Lawrence Foundation Prize, Nightboat Books Poetry Prize, Glimmer Train Short Story Award, Beatrix Hawley Award, Dana Awards, Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series Award, Nelson Algren Award, Sawtooth Poetry Prize, & the Transcontinental Poetry Prize.


Contact Information

4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas
Nevada, United States
89154-5011
Phone: (702) 895-3405
Email: douglas.unger@unlv.edu
https://www.unlv.edu/english/academic-programs/mfa-creative-writing



DEGREE PROGRAMS

Graduate Program Director

Douglas Unger
Director of the Creative Writing Programs
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas
Nevada, United States
89154-5011
Email: douglas.unger@unlv.edu
URL: https://www.unlv.edu/english/academic-programs/mfa-creative-writing

UNLV's Department of English offers both the MFA and PhD with creative dissertation. The MFA international program enables writers to begin recognizing themselves and their art in relation to a larger understanding of writing. The PhD with creative dissertation is funded by The Black Mountain Institute Ph.D. Fellowship program, which is designed to build on the foundations of general literary knowledge by requiring students to develop expertise in three areas selected from historical periods, genres, major figures, and special topics in creative writing.

MFA Program: Admitted students in the MFA program follow a three-year track that includes literature & writing courses, time abroad, completion of a manuscript, literary translation, and critical essay. This provides students with the opportunity to study the creative process across traditional borders of language and culture, giving students a more global and contemporary perspective on their craft. Additionally, UNLV's MFA program is the nation's only program that gives credit for time abroad in the Peace Corps. Students in the program are supported for three years by a Graduate Assistantship, which comes with a $10,000/year stipend. MFA candidates teach two courses each semester in composition and/or business and professional writing, or are otherwise given an equivalent assignment in the university's writing center. The program also offers a few opportunities for students fulfill their GAs through administrative duties to the department or literary editing internships with Interim. Students are paid monthly from September through May and are not expected to teach during the summer.

PhD with creative dissertation Program: Admitted students in the PhD with creative dissertation program follow a three-year track with a strong emphasis in literature. Competency is tested in a qualifying examination, usually taken during the candidate's third year. The dissertation is a creative work, such as a book-length manuscript of poems, short stories, or a novel. Admission is limited to those who hold an MA or MFA in English or Creative Writing. Students in the program are supported for each of three years by a $12,000 graduate assistantship and $8,000 in fellowship funds from BMI, for a total annual award of $20,000. Students are required to teach two courses each semester in composition, literature, and/or creative writing, or to spend an equivalent amount of time in a research assistantship at BMI. Students are paid monthly from September through May and are not expected to teach during the summer.

Alumni of the program have had books published by major presses, including Graywolf, Omnidawn, and W.W. Norton, & their stories & poems have appeared in A Public Space, The Iowa Review, Glimmer Train, Colorado Review, Tin House, and Fence, among others. Their collective accolades include the Whiting Writers' Award, O. Henry Award, Fulbright Award, New York Public Library Cullman Center Fellowship, Nevada Arts Council Artists' Fellowship, Mary Roberts Rinehart Award, Lawrence Foundation Prize, Nightboat Books Poetry Prize, Glimmer Train Short Story Award, Beatrix Hawley Award, Dana Awards, Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series Award, Nelson Algren Award, Sawtooth Poetry Prize, &Transcontinental Poetry Prize.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 12
Smallest Class Size: 12
Genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
Duration of Study: 3 years
Unit of Measure: Credits
Criticism and Theory: 3
Workshop: 12
Literature: 9
Other: 18
Thesis: 12
Total Units for Degree: 54
Other Requirements: 9 credits of Forms of Fiction, Literary Nonfiction, and/or Poetry, with at least 3 credits in a genre other than the primary concentration; 6 credits of International Focus Experience, requiring study abroad in a non-English speaking country (generally grant-funded between 80% and 100%); and 3 credits of literary translation. Also: M.F.A. students are expected to produce a book-length thesis in their genre of concentration of publishable quality in the opinion of the faculty.
Application Deadline Fall: 01/15/2018
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, Cover Letter, Other

Graduate Program Director

Douglas Unger
Director of the Creative Writing Programs
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas
Nevada, United States
89154-5011
Email: douglas.unger@unlv.edu
URL: https://www.unlv.edu/english/academic-programs/mfa-creative-writing

The Department of English in partnership with the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute (BMI) offers the Doctorate of Philosophy in English with a Creative Dissertation, supported by a Graduate Assistantship combined with the BMI Fellowship, for a total of $26,500 per year for each year of a three-year program of studies. Students must declare a genre concentration in Poetry, Fiction, or Literary Nonfiction. The three-year course of studies toward the Ph.D. puts its major focus on English and American Literature, but may also include Comparative Literature. Studies also require directed work in creative writing, a qualifying examination, and a creative dissertation. Three new Ph.D. BMI Fellows are admitted each year. The Ph.D. with Creative Dissertation is designed to prepare students for careers in writing, teaching at the university level, editing, publishing, arts administration, and/or any profession that is informed by and advantaged by an understanding of literature, arts, and the humanities. Requirements for admission include an earned M.A. or M.F.A. in English or Creative Writing. Past Ph.D.s with Creative Dissertation Fellows include Olivia Claire, David Armstrong, Alissa Nutting, Matt Shears, Vu Tran, Heather Winterer, and many others.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 12
Smallest Class Size: 12
Genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
Duration of Study: 3 years
Unit of Measure: Credits
Foreign Language: Competency examination.
Workshop: 6 (in either Forms of the Genre or Creative Writing workshop).
Literature: 30 (but may include 6 credits of Independent Study)
Thesis: 12
Total Units for Degree: 48
Other Requirements: Oral and written Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination.
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, GRE, Cover Letter, Other




FACULTY

Maile Chapman

Books: Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto

http://english.unlv.edu/faculty/chapman


Claudia Keelan

Books: Refinery, The Secularist, The Devotion Field

http://english.unlv.edu/faculty/keelan.html


Donald Revell

Books: A Thief of Strings, Pennyweight Windows: New & Selected Poems

http://english.unlv.edu/faculty/revell.html


Douglas Unger

Books: Leaving the Land, Voices from Silence, Looking for War and Other Stories

http://english.unlv.edu/faculty/unger


David Morris

Books: The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder


José Orduña

Books: The Weight of Shadows: A Memoir of Immigration and Displacement





COMMUNITY

Recent Visitors include: Malena Morling, Walter Kirn, Cheryl Strayed, Katherine Boo, Adam Johnson, Jamaica Kinkaid, Caryl Phillips, Azar Nafisi, Maggie Nelson, and Hossein M. Abkenar. In fall semester 2018, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc will be Visiting Faclty.

Black Mountain Institute panels & readings (www.blackmountaininstitute.org)

New & Emerging Writers Series (www.blackmountaininstitute.org)

Creative Writing Alumni Reading Series (www.blackmountaininstitute.org)

Neon Lit - Downtown Las Vegas (www.neonlit.org/)