Butler University

Indiana, United States

Residential program

Welcome to the MFA Program at Butler: a new home for creative writing in the Midwest.

Butler University is a top-tier liberal arts university located in a vibrant city with a fabled literary tradition. We offer a combination of top-flight full-time faculty, nationally recognized visiting faculty, a stellar visiting writer's series, and courses across an array of genres. We also offer teaching and editing opportunities, professional mentoring, and opportunities to involve yourself in the community through literary service learning.

MFA Students at Butler can specialize in Poetry, Fiction, or Creative Nonfiction, and can choose every semester from workshops in these genres. We also offer graduate electives, ranging from our Visiting Writers Series, Teaching Creative Writing in the Schools, and Literary Editing and Publishing courses, to courses in story structure, poetic form, graphic novels, screenwriting, and new and alternate forms.

The MFA program makes its home in the Efroymson Center for Creative Writing, a beautiful old home in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood repurposed for workshops, publishing, readings, and community service. In its fifth year, Booth (booth.butler.edu), our MFA-run literary magazine, has enjoyed favorable reviews and growing celebrity, and is complimented by Pressgang, our new small press. We are also proud of our Jefferson Award-winning outreach program, Writing in the Schools.

Courtesy of the Efroymson Foundation, we offer scholarships to out-of-state students. We also offer awards and service awards (partial tuition remission and stipends) and options designed to enhance your development as a publishing writer, creative writing teacher, and a literary professional. Our students are working as fellows in our creative writing classrooms, as editors, as outreach assistants, and in other exciting capacities.

Lastly, our program is flexible, and affordable. Classes are scheduled for both part-time and full-time students, and we design a specialized curriculum for every student, based on your artistic interests, and your long-term goals as a writer.

Come visit our web site--http://blogs.butler.edu/butlermfa/--and see who's visiting, who's publishing, who's teaching, who's editing, and who's falling in love with the writing life.


Contact Information

4600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis
Indiana, United States
46208
Phone: (317) 940-8733
Email: mdunn1@butler.edu
http://blogs.butler.edu/butlermfa/



DEGREE PROGRAMS
Largest Class Size: 18
Smallest Class Size: 6
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
Tuition 35000
Criticism and Theory: 3
Composition Rhetoric: 3
Total Units for Degree: 120

Graduate Program Director

Dan Barden
Professor, MFA Program Director
4600 Sunset Ave
Indianapolis
Indiana, United States
46208
Email: dbarden@butler.edu

Welcome to the Writers Studio at Butler: a new home for creative writing in the Midwest.

Butler University is a top-tier liberal arts university located in a vibrant city with a fabled literary tradition. We offer a combination of top-flight full-time faculty, nationally recognized visiting faculty, a stellar visiting writer's series, and courses across an array of genres. We also offer teaching and editing opportunities, professional mentoring, and opportunities to involve yourself in the community through literary service learning.

MFA Students at Butler can specialize in Poetry, Fiction, or Creative Nonfiction, and can choose every semester from workshops in these genres. We also offer graduate electives, ranging from our Visiting Writers Series, Teaching Creative Writing in the Schools, and Literary Editing and Publishing courses, to courses in story structure, poetic form, graphic novels, screenwriting, and new and alternate forms.

Our Visiting Writers for 2012-2013 include: Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Jennifer Egan; acclaimed novelist Maragaret Atwood; former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky; poet and spoken word artist Patricia Smith; music and sports writer Chuck Klosterman; celebrated prose writers Peter Steinhart & Yiyun Li; poet and novelist Julianna Baggot; and celebrated poets Major Jackson, Laura Kasischke, Albert Goldbarth and Eduardo Corral.

We are also pleased to announce the opening of the Efroymson Center for Creative Writing in spring 2012, a beautiful old home in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood repurposed for workshops, publishing, readings, and community service. In its fourth year, Booth (booth.butler.edu), our MFA-run literary magazine, has enjoyed favorable reviews and growing celebrity, and will soon be joined by Pressgang, our new micropress. We are also proud to announce the successful launch of our Writing in the Schools program.

Courtesy of the Efroymson Foundation, we offer scholarships to out-of-state students. We also offer awards and service awards (partial tuition remission and stipends) and options designed to enhance your development as a publishing writer, creative writing teacher, and a literary professional. Our students are working as fellows in our creative writing classrooms, as editors, as organizers of our MFA Reading Series, and in other exciting capacities.

Lastly, our program is flexible, and affordable. Classes are scheduled for both part-time and full-time students, and we design a specialized curriculum for every student, based on your artistic interests, and your long-term goals as a writer.

Come visit our web site--www/butler/mfa-writing--and see who's visiting, who's publishing, who's teaching, who's editing, and who's falling in love with the writing life.

Type of Program: Studio
Largest Class Size: 12
Smallest Class Size: 12
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
Tuition 9000
Unit of Measure: Hours
Workshop: 15
Literature: 15
Thesis: 6
Total Units for Degree: 36
Other Requirements: Service Component (Teaching, Editing, Volunteer Literary Work, et. al.).
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, Other




FACULTY

Chris Forhan

Forgive Us Our Happiness; The Actual Moon, The Actual Stars; Black Leapt In; My Father Before Me

http://www.butler.edu/about/directory/?a=viewprofile&u=cforhan


Dan Barden

John Wayne: A Novel, The Next Right Thing

http://www.danbarden.com/


Andrew Levy

The First Emancipator, A Brain Wider Than The Sky: A Migraine Diary; Huck Finn's America: Mark Twain and the Era That Shaped His Masterpiece

http://www.butler.edu/about/directory/?a=viewprofile&u=alevy


Susan Neville

Indiana Winter; Fabrication: Essays on Making Things and Making Meaning; Twilight in Arcadia; Iconography: A Writer's Meditation; Sailing the Inland Sea; In the House of Blue Lights, and Invention of Flight

http://www.susan-neville.com/


Hilene Flanzbaum

Norton Anthology of Jewish American Fiction

http://www.butler.edu/about/directory/?a=viewprofile&u=hflanzba


Alessandra Lynch

Sails the Wind Left Behind; It Was a Terrible Cloud at Twilight; Daylily Called It a Dangerous Moment

www.alessandralynch.com


Michael Dahlie

A Gentleman's Guide to Gracious Living; The Best of Youth

http://michaeldahlie.com/


Allison Lynn

Now You See It; The Exiles

http://allisonlynnbooks.com/


David Shumate

High Water Mark; The Floating Bridge; Kimonos in the Closet





COMMUNITY

Booth

Booth Books

Fall 2017: Ross Gay, Colson Whitehead, Ocean Vuong, Yaa Gyasi, Monica Youn, T. C. Boyle

Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series (https://www.butler.edu/vws)