California State University, Fresno

California, United States

Residential program

Located in the heart of California, the Fresno State MFA Program enjoys a long history of literary excellence in the study of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. We believe that the best artists are necessarily well educated in the history and practice of their art. We offer a substantial 54-unit, 3-year degree program that gives students the opportunity to focus acutely on their writing while gaining a strong background in literature and professional experience in publishing and editing. We offer small, intensive workshops and seminars taught by award-winning poets and prose writers; we work very closely with individual students; and we bring prominent visiting writers to campus as often as possible.

Many of our students work as Teaching Associates for the English Department's First-Year Writing Program, as Graduate Assistants for the MFA Program, as writing consultants for the campus Graduate Writing Studio, and as tutors for the campus Writing Center. Several students are selected each year to teach beginning creative writing. In addition to employment opportunities, students are eligible for scholarships, research and travel grant funding, assistantships in publishing and editing, and annual creative writing prizes in each genre. In addition, we offer up to three nonresident fee waivers to qualified incoming students for their first year of study.

Students in the MFA Program are encouraged to get actively and professionally involved in literary publishing and events programming. Opportunities include: serve on editorial staff for The Normal School literary magazine; serve on editorial staff for the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry book contest; lead workshops for high school students at our Young Writers Conference; serve on editorial staffs for our campus journals, the San Joaquin Review and Flies, Cockroaches & Poets; participate in Fresno's annual Rogue Performance Festival and LitHop festival; take intensive courses during CSU Summer Arts; participate in our high school outreach programs; and more. There is a wonderful and supportive community of Fresno writers that includes multiple student organizations, an alumni chapter, and community reading series of all kinds.


Contact Information

Fresno State, Creative Writing
5245 N Backer Ave, PB98
Fresno
California, United States
93740-8001
Phone: (559) 278-1569
Email: stchurch@mail.fresnostate.edu
http://www.fresnostate.edu/creativewriting



DEGREE PROGRAMS

The Creative Writing Minor offers substantial training for students wishing to supplement their major area work, prepare themselves better for graduate work, prepare for classroom teaching and other fields, or who simply have an interest in the art of literary writing. Admission: Must be admitted to the university and enrolled in a baccalaureate program.

Requirements: The Creative Writing Minor consists of three creative writing workshops and one course in a literary topic, for a total of 20 semester units, at least 12 of which must be upper division units. Opportunities to work on a student literary magazine, participate in the annual Young Writers Conference, and other activities.

Largest Class Size: 25
Smallest Class Size: 12
Genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
Unit of Measure: Hours

The Creative Writing Minor offers substantial training for students wishing to supplement their major area work, prepare themselves better for graduate work, prepare for classroom teaching and other fields, or who simply have an interest in the art of literary writing. Admission: Must be admitted to the university and enrolled in a baccalaureate program.

Requirements: The Creative Writing Minor consists of three creative writing workshops and one course in a literary topic, for a total of 20 semester units, at least 12 of which must be upper division units. Opportunities to work on a student literary magazine, participate in the annual Young Writers Conference, and other activities.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
Unit of Measure: Hours

Graduate Program Director

Steven Church
Fresno State, Creative Writing
5245 N Backer Ave, PB98
Fresno
California, United States
93740-8001
Phone: (559) 278-1569
Email: stchurch@mail.fresnostate.edu
URL: http://www.fresnostate.edu/creativewriting

Located in the heart of California, the Fresno State MFA Program enjoys a long history of literary excellence in the study of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. We believe that the best artists are necessarily well educated in the history and practice of their art. We offer a substantial 54-unit, 3-year degree program that gives students the opportunity to focus acutely on their writing while gaining a strong background in literature and professional experience in publishing and editing. We offer small, intensive workshops and seminars taught by award-winning poets and prose writers; we work very closely with individual students; and we bring prominent visiting writers to campus as often as possible.

Many of our students work as Teaching Associates for the English Department's First-Year Writing Program, as Graduate Assistants for the MFA Program, as writing consultants for the campus Graduate Writing Studio, and as tutors for the campus Writing Center. Several students are selected each year to teach beginning creative writing. In addition to employment opportunities, students are eligible for scholarships, research and travel grant funding, assistantships in publishing and editing, and annual creative writing prizes in each genre. In addition, we offer up to three nonresident fee waivers to qualified incoming students for their first year of study.

Students in the MFA Program are encouraged to get actively and professionally involved in literary publishing and events programming. Opportunities include: serve on editorial staff for The Normal School literary magazine; serve on editorial staff for the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry book contest; lead workshops for high school students at our Young Writers Conference; serve on editorial staffs for our campus journals, the San Joaquin Review and Flies, Cockroaches & Poets; participate in Fresno's annual Rogue Performance Festival and LitHop festival; take intensive courses during CSU Summer Arts; participate in our high school outreach programs; and more. There is a wonderful and supportive community of Fresno writers that includes multiple student organizations, an alumni chapter, and community reading series of all kinds.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 15
Smallest Class Size: 10
Genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
In State Tuition 8023
Out of State Tuition 13975
Duration of Study: 3 years
Unit of Measure: Credits
Criticism and Theory: 8
Workshop: 16
Literature: 12
Other: 12
Thesis: 6
Total Units for Degree: 54
Other Requirements: Subject area exam. Thesis defense reading.
Application Deadline Fall: 03/01/2018
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, Cover Letter, Other




FACULTY

Tim Skeen

Reward; Risk; Kentucky Swami

http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/english/degrees-programs/mfa/mfa-faculty.html


Corrinne Clegg Hales

To Make it Right; Separate Escapes; Out of This Place; Underground; January Fire

http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/english/degrees-programs/mfa/mfa-faculty.html


Randa Jarrar

Him, Me, Muhammad Ali; A Map of Home

http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/english/degrees-programs/mfa/mfa-faculty.html


John Hales

Shooting Polaris

http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/english/degrees-programs/mfa/mfa-faculty.html


Steven Church

One With the Tiger; Ultrasonic; The Day After the Day After; Theoretical Killings; The Guiness Book of Me

http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/english/degrees-programs/mfa/mfa-faculty.html





COMMUNITY

2016-17: Arturo Arias, Kenneth R. Chacón, Kristin FitzPatrick, Ru Freeman, Carmen Giménez Smith, Tim Z. Hernandez, Andrea Jurjevi?, Suzanne Lummis, Biljana D. Obradovi?, José Orduña, Sasha Pimentel, Michele Poulos, Kristen Radtke, Wendy Rose, Dixie Salazar, Solmaz Sharif, Mai Der Vang, Jerald Walker, Gary Young

2015-16: David Campos, Michele Elam, Myriam Gurba, Juan Felipe Herrera, Kerry Howley, Dennis Maloney, MariNaomi, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Wendy C. Ortiz, Jen Percy, Christine Poreba, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Justin Torres, Khaty Xiong

2014-15: Sherman Alexie, Adelina Anthony, Christopher Buckley, David Campos, Victoria Chang, Marilyn Chin, Matthew Gavin Frank, John Gery, John C. Hampsey, Lee Herrick, Justin Hocking, Michael Jaime-Becerra, Leslie Jamison, Sam Lipsyte, Manuel Muñoz, Elena Passarello, Brynn Saito, Jeffrey Schultz, Jon Veinberg, Chelsea Wagenaar, Josh Weil