University of Cincinnati

Ohio, United States

Residential program

The English Department is home to a thriving Creative Writing program. Our faculty have collectively published more than forty books of fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction, and criticism. They have won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Fulbright Program, as well as University-wide awards for outstanding teaching and mentoring. For undergraduates, we offer a track within the English major, as well as a certificate in Creative Writing. For graduate students, we offer an MA and a PhD. Students at all levels focus on either fiction, literary nonfiction, or poetry. We are home to an undergraduate journal, Short Vine, and the nationally prominent literary journal The Cincinnati Review. Our PhD program was recently ranked eighth in the country by Poets & Writers.


Contact Information

Department of English & Comparative Literature
PO Box 210069
Cincinnati
Ohio, United States
45221-0069
Phone: 513-556-0913
Email: rebecca.lindenberg@uc.edu
http://artsci.uc.edu/creativewriting



DEGREE PROGRAMS

Undergraduate Program Director

Rebecca Lindenberg
Assistant Profesor, Director of Creative Writing
P.O. Box 210069
Creative Writing Program
Cincinnati
Ohio, United States
45221-0069
Email: rebecca.lindenberg@uc.edu
URL: http://www.artsci.uc.edu/creativewriting

Degree: English Major, Creative Writing Track

The Creative Writing track in the English major is designed for students who wish to explore the writing of poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction; improve their editorial skills; and examine works of literature through the lens of craft. Students take a three-class workshop sequence, culminating in a capstone that will result in a substantial body of work. In Forms of Fiction, Forms of Poetry, and Forms of Literary Nonfiction, students increase their understanding of the techniques involved in the creation of the literary arts, from meter to point of view. Literature classes in the chosen genre continue to expand students' reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, as well as their knowledge of both canonical and contemporary works.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Genres: Fiction, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.), Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
Unit of Measure: Hours

Graduate Program Director

Rebecca Lindenberg
Assistant Professor, Director of Creative Writing
Department of English & Comparative Literature
PO Box 210069
Cincinnati
Ohio, United States
45221-0069
Email: rebecca.lindenberg@uc.edu
URL: http://artsci.uc.edu/creativewriting

The MA in Creative Writing and Literature is a two-year course of study designed to prepare students for an MFA or PhD in creative writing. The two years of course work include workshop, forms classes, pedagogical training, literature, and theory, and, in the second semester of the second year, thesis hours during which students work with a faculty director on a longer manuscript. Students take three courses and teach one per semester. Recent MA graduates have gone on to MFA programs at Ohio State University, Bowling Green University, the University of South Carolina, Virginia Tech, the University of Wyoming, and the University of Wisconsin; and PhD programs at the University of North Texas, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and here at UC.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 13
Smallest Class Size: 7
Genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
Duration of Study: 2 years
Unit of Measure: Hours
Foreign Language: Evidence of prior language program, proficiency exam, or completion of language sequence at UC
Criticism and Theory: 1 course
Composition Rhetoric: 2 courses
Workshop: 3 courses
Literature: 3 courses
Other: 1 course
Thesis: 2 courses
Total Units for Degree: 12
Other Requirements: Foreign language; teaching experience; creative thesis.
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, GRE, Cover Letter

Graduate Program Director

Rebecca Lindenberg
Assistant Professor, Director of Creative Writing
Department of English & Comparative Literature
PO Box 210069
Cincinnati
Ohio, United States
45221-0069
Email: rebecca.lindenberg@uc.edu
URL: http://artsci.uc.edu/creativewriting

The PhD in Creative Writing and Literature is a four-year course of study. Following two years of course work that includes workshop, forms classes, pedagogical training, literature, and theory, students take exams in two areas, one which examines texts through the lens of craft and another which examines them through the lens of literary history and theory. Recent examples of the genre area include Comic Fiction, History of the Love Lyric, and Fantasy; recent examples of the scholarly area include History of the Novel, 20th Century American Poetry, and Modern & Contemporary British Fiction. In the first two years, students take three courses per semester; the teaching load throughout the program is one class per semester.

Every PhD student has the opportunity to teach creative writing, with many also teaching literature classes. Most students are funded by teaching, with two or three at a time funded by editorial work at The Cincinnati Review, and others funded in their dissertation year by college- or university-level fellowships. Fifth-year support, while not guaranteed, has generally been available to interested students in the form of student lecturerships, which carry a 2-2 load. The Creative Writing PhD at the University of Cincinnati has maintained over the last decade more than a 75% placement rate into full-time academic jobs for its doctoral graduates. Two-thirds of these positions are tenure-track.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 13
Smallest Class Size: 7
Genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
Duration of Study: 4 years
Unit of Measure: Hours
Foreign Language: Evidence of prior language program, proficiency exam, or completion of language sequence at UC
Criticism and Theory: 1 course
Composition Rhetoric: 2 courses
Workshop: 4 courses
Literature: 3 courses
Other: 2 electives
Thesis: dissertation year
Total Units for Degree: 12 courses
Other Requirements: Foreign language; teaching experience; exams; creative disseration
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, GRE, Cover Letter




FACULTY

Chris Bachelder

The Throwback Special, Abbott Awaits, US!, Bear v. Shark

http://www.artsci.uc.edu/departments/english/profiles/chris_bachelder.html


James Cummins

Some Cake, Then & Now, The Whole Truth, Portrait in a Spoon

http://www.artsci.uc.edu/departments/english/profiles/james_cummins.html


John Drury

Sea Level Rising, The Refugee Camp, Burning the Aspen Papers, The Disappearing Town

http://www.artsci.uc.edu/departments/english/profiles/john_drury.html


Michael Griffith

Trophy, Bibliophilia, Spikes

http://www.artsci.uc.edu/departments/english/profiles/michael_griffith.html


Kristen Iversen

Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats; Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth; Shadow Boxing: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction

http://www.kristeniversen.com/


Rebecca Lindenberg

The Logan Notebooks; Love, an Index

http://www.rebeccalindenberg.com/


James Schiff

Critical Essays on Reynolds Price, John Updike Revisited, Understanding Reynolds Price, Updike's Version: Rewriting "The Scarlet Letter"

http://www.artsci.uc.edu/departments/english/profiles/james_schiff.html


Leah Stewart

The New Neighbor, The History of Us, Husband and Wife, The Myth of You & Me

http://www.leahstewart.com/





COMMUNITY

The Creative Writing Program's Visiting Writers Series brings a number of distinguished authors to campus each semester. Visitors often conduct a colloquium with creative writing students in addition to giving a public reading.

Each year, through the Elliston Poet-in-Residence Program, a distinguished poet comes to campus to give public lectures and readings, and to conduct poetry seminars and workshops. The biennial Emerging Fiction Writers Festival brings four writers to campus for two days of readings and panels.

Past visiting writers have included Nicholson Baker, Charles Baxter, Mark Doty, Rita Dove, Alice Fulton, Terrance Hayes, Denis Johnson, Lorrie Moore, Antonya Nelson, Robert Pinsky, Tracy K. Smith, Mary Szybist, and Colson Whitehead.