University of Kansas

Kansas, United States

Residential program

The University of Kansas' MFA is a three-year program with tracks in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and playwriting. Typically, students in the program take course work for the first two years of the program and then write for the third year on their creative thesis. Students may take up to 15 credit hours to complete the thesis, and by the time they graduate they will have produced a book-length manuscript.

In addition to the Master of Fine Arts degree, the University of Kansas offers a PhD in Creative Writing, a rigorous program that combines creative writing and literary studies and prepares graduates for both scholarly and creative publication and teaching. After two years of coursework, students prepare for the comprehensive oral examination covering three areas of focus. Upon successful completion of the comprehensive exam, candidates will begin work on the creative writing dissertation, which includes a book-length work of creative writing and a scholarly research component.

The University of Kansas' English Department offers graduate assistantships to incoming students in the MFA and Ph.D programs in creative writing. A GTA appointment includes a tuition waiver for ten semesters plus a stipend of $12,250 the first year. In the first year, GTA appointees teach English 101 (first-year composition) and English 102 (a required reading and writing course. MFA and Creative Writing PhD students have the opportunity to teach an introductory course in creative writing in their third year, and opportunities are available for advanced GTAs to teach in the summer.

Contact Information

1445 Jayhawk Blvd.
3001 Wescoe Hall
Lawrence
Kansas, United States
66045
Phone: 785.864.2500
Email: lauramo@ku.edu
http://englishcw.ku.edu/



DEGREE PROGRAMS

The English Department at KU offers students interested in creative writing an opportunity to learn and practice their craft by writing poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama, while at the same time obtaining a BA, although many students take creative writing courses for other reasons: to test their abilities, to explore the creative process, to prepare for other types of writing or for teaching, or to increase their sensitivity to language.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Genres: Fiction, Playwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
Unit of Measure: Hours
Other: For the BA, distribution requirements in foreign language, speech, Western civilization, and mathema

The English Department at KU offers students interested in creative writing an opportunity to learn and practice their craft by writing poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama, while at the same time obtaining a BA, although many students take creative writing courses for other reasons: to test their abilities, to explore the creative process, to prepare for other types of writing or for teaching, or to increase their sensitivity to language.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Unit of Measure: Hours

Graduate Program Director

Laura Moriarty
Graduate Creative Writing Director
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Department of English, Wescoe 3001
Lawrence
Kansas, United States
66045-7594
Email: lauramo@ku.edu

The University of Kansas' MFA is a three-year program with tracks in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Each year the admissions committee admits approximately four poets and four prose writers from a pool of applicants that last year numbered between sixty and seventy. Typically, students in the program take course work for the first two years of the program and then write for the third year on their creative thesis. Students may take up to 15 credit hours to complete the thesis, and by the time they graduate they will have produced a book-length manuscript of poetry or prose.

The University of Kansas' English Department offers six to eight graduate teaching assistantships each year to incoming students in the MFA and Ph.D programs in creative writing. A GTA appointment includes a tuition waiver for ten semesters plus a stipend of $12,250 the first year. In the first year, GTA appointees teach English 101 (first-year composition) and English 102 (a required reading and writing course. MFA and Creative Writing PhD students have the opportunity to teach an introductory course in creative writing in their third year, and opportunities are available for advanced GTAs to teach in the summer.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 21
Smallest Class Size: 21
Genres: Fiction, Playwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
Unit of Measure: Hours
Workshop: 12
Literature: 12
Thesis: 15
Total Units for Degree: 4648
Other Requirements: Foreign language proficiency; defense of thesis. Both are required.
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, GRE, Other

Graduate Program Director

Laura Moriarty
Graduate Creative Writing Director
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Department of English, Wescoe 3001
Lawrence
Kansas, United States
66045-7594
Email: lauramo@ku.edu

In addition to the Master of Fine Arts degree, the University of Kansas offers a PhD in Creative Writing, a rigorous program that combines creative writing and literary studies and prepares graduates for both scholarly and creative publication and teaching. After two years of coursework, students prepare for the comprehensive oral examination covering three areas of focus. Upon successful completion of the comprehensive exam, candidates will begin work on the creative writing dissertation, which includes a book-length work of creative writing and a scholarly research component.

The University of Kansas' English Department offers six to eight graduate teaching assistantships each year to incoming students in the MFA and Ph.D programs in creative writing. A GTA appointment includes a tuition waiver for ten semesters plus a stipend of $12,250 the first year. In the first year, GTA appointees teach English 101 (first year composition) and English 102 (a required reading and writing course. MFA students have the opportunity to teach an introductory course in creative writing in their third year, and opportunities are available for advanced GTAs to teach in the summer.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 21
Smallest Class Size: 21
Genres: Fiction, Playwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
Unit of Measure: Hours
Workshop: 12
Literature: 12
Thesis: 15
Total Units for Degree: 4648
Other Requirements: Foreign language proficiency; defense of thesis. Both are required.
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, GRE, Other




FACULTY

Ken Irby

Antiphonal and Fall to Fall, Call Steps, Orexis

http://englishcw.ku.edu/kenneth-irby


Darren Canady

Darren Canady hails from Topeka, KS. His play, False Creeds, was named the winner of the Alliance Theater’s Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition and was also workshopped at the O’Neill Playwright’s Conference in 2006. False Creeds was also a

finalist for the Abingdon Theatre Company’s Christopher Brian Wolk Award and the Goldberg Prize in Playwriting. Another play, Brothers of the Dust, has received recognition in the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Competition, the Theodore Ward Prize for African-American Playwriting, the James W. Rodgers Playwriting Competition and was produced by Congo Square Theatre (Black Excellence Award, Black Theatre Alliance Award, ATCA Osborn Award, Jeff Award nom.). How Theo Changed His Name, an opera for which Darren provided the libretto, was premiered through the Pittsburgh (PA) Symphony Orchestra. His play You’re Invited appeared in The Best American Short Plays 2010-2011. His work has been seen at the Quo Vadimus Arts’ ID America Festival, the Fremont Centre Theatre, Chicago’s Congo Square Theatre, and the BE Company. Darren is an alum of Carnegie Mellon University, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Juilliard School. He is a former member of Primary Stages’ Dorothy Strelsin New Writers Group. He is a member of the Old Vic Theatre’s Old Vic New Voices Network, where he participated in the T.S. Eliot US/UK Exchange.

http://englishcw.ku.edu/darren-canady


Tom Lorenz

Guys Like Us, Serious Living

http://englishcw.ku.edu/tom-lorenz


Laura Moriarty

Laura Moriarty earned her M.A. in creative writing at the University of Kansas. In 2000, she was selected as the Writer-in-Residence at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. She is the author of four novels: The Chaperone (Riverhead Books 2012), While I'm Falling (Hyperion 2009),The Rest of Her Life (Hyperion 2007), and The Center of Everything (Hyperion 2003).

http://www.lauramoriarty.net/


Joseph Harrington

Joseph Harrington is the author of Things Come On (an amneoir) (Wesleyan Poetry 2011), a mixed-genre work relating the twinned narratives of the Watergate scandal and his mother's cancer. Things Come On was chosen by American Book Award winner Camille Dungy as a Rumpus magazine Poetry Book Club selection. Harrington is also the author of the chapbooks Earth Day Suite (Beard of Bees Press 2010 - available as free PDF) and Of Some Sky (Bedouin, forthcoming); as well as the critical study Poetry and the Public: The Social Form of Modern US Poetics (Wesleyan UP 2002), excerpts from which appeared in Poetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader (Illinois UP 2009). His creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bombay Gin, Colorado Review, Hotel Amerika, BathHouse, 1913: a journal of forms, No Tell Motel, With+Stand, Otoliths, Fact-Simile, and P-Queue, among others. He has published articles on documentary poetry, modernism, political philosophy, and the cultural history of poetry in journals such as Jacket2, American Literary History, and American Literature. Harrington was Walt Whitman Chair of American Literature and Culture at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, in 2005, under the auspices of the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program; he was also awarded a Millay Colony for the Arts fellowship, a Mayers Fellowship at the Huntington Library, and both research and creative work fellowships from the Hall Center for the Humanities.

http://englishcw.ku.edu/joseph-harrington


Megan Kaminski

Megan Kaminski is a poet and essayist. She also specializes in ecopoetics, 20th and 21st Century anglophone poetry and poetics, and contemporary nonfiction. Her first book of poetry is Desiring Map (Coconut Books, 2012). She is also the author of nine chapbooks, most recently Sigil and Sigh w/ Anne Yoder (Dusie Kollektiv, 2015). Her poems and essays have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Atlantic, Barrelhouse, The New Orleans Review, and Sink Review. Her second book Deep City (forthcoming, Coconut Books fall 2015) explores the body and the city as architectures in crisis. She also curates the Taproom Poetry Series in downtown Lawrence.

http://www.megankaminski.com/


Kij Johnson

Since her first sale in 1987, Kij Johnson has sold dozens of short stories to markets including Amazing Stories, Analog, Asimov's, Duelist Magazine, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Realms of Fantasy. She won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short story of 1994 for her novelette in Asimov's, "Fox Magic." In 2001, she won the International Association for the Fantastic in the Art's Crawford Award for best new fantasy novelist of the year. Her short story "The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change" was on the final ballot for the 2007 Nebula Award and the World Fantasy Award, and it was a nominee for the Sturgeon and Hugo awards. In 2009, she won the World Fantasy for "26 Monkeys, Also The Abyss," which was also a finalist for the Hugo and Nebula. She won the 2010 Nebula for "Spar," the 2011 Nebula for "Ponies" (also a finalist for the Hugo and World Fantasy). In 2012, she won both the Nebula and Hugo for "The Man Who Bridged The Mist." Her novels include two volumes of the Heian trilogy Love/War/Death: The Fox Woman and Fudoki. She's also co-written with Greg Cox a Star Trek: The Next Generation novel, Dragon's Honor. Her short story collection, At the mouth of the river of bees is available from SmallBeer Press in August 2012. She is currently researching a third novel set in Heian Japan; and Kylen, two novels set in Georgian Britain.

http://www.kijjohnson.com/





COMMUNITY

Sponsored by the KU Department of English, the Hall Center of the Humanities, and the University of Kansas, recent visiting writers include Eula Biss, CA Conrad, Sarah Vowell, Nikky Finney, Mary Oliver, Ben Percy, Kevin Prufer, Chris Albani, Amiri Baraka, Christopher Howell, Clancy Martin, Lyn Hejinian, Salvador Placencia, Carmen Giménez Smith, Salman Rushdie, and Rita Dove