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The New Writers Project at the University of Texas at Austin is a small, fully-funded , three-year studio MFA program within the large and highly-ranked Department of English. We offer our students close mentorship, literary community, and teaching and editing experience. Working in concert with our partner MFA program, the Michener Center for Writers , we provide our students an artistically adventurous and intellectually rigorous terminal degree, with courses taught by both experienced and accomplished resident faculty and esteemed visitors.

The New Writers Project core faculty in fiction are Edward Carey, Oscar Cásares, Peter LaSalle, Elizabeth McCracken, and Deb Olin Unferth. Our core faculty in poetry are Lisa Olstein, Roger Reeves, and Jennifer Chang. 

For more information about the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing and how to apply, please visit the  New Writers Project website .

New Writers Project M.F.A. in Creative Writing

The New Writers Project at the University of Texas at Austin is a small, fully-funded, three-year studio MFA program within the large and highly-ranked Department of English. We offer our students close mentorship, literary community, and teaching and editing experience. Working in concert with our partner MFA program, the Michener Center for Writers, we provide our students an artistically adventurous and intellectually rigorous terminal degree, with courses taught by both experienced and accomplished resident faculty and esteemed visitors.

The New Writers Project core faculty in fiction are Edward Carey, Oscar Cásares, Bret Anthony Johnston, Peter LaSalle, Elizabeth McCracken, and Deb Olin Unferth. Our core faculty in poetry are Lisa Olstein, Roger Reeves, and Jennifer Chang. 

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Campus address: J. Frank Dobie House (FDH), 702 East Dean Keeton Street, phone (512) 471-1601, fax (512) 471-9997; campus mail code: A3400

Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, MFA in Writing, James A. Michener Center for Writers, 702 East Dean Keeton Street Stop A3400, Austin TX 78705-3201

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URL: http://michener.utexas.edu/

The James A. Michener Center for Writers offers a cross-disciplinary Master of Fine Arts program that draws on strong programs in the New Writers Project (fiction and poetry), radio-television-film (screenwriting), and theatre (playwriting). The University Libraries, including the Fine Arts Library, provide rich resources for students interested in the creative process. The Harry Ransom Center houses a number of noted book collections as well as manuscripts, edited drafts, and early editions of creative works. The Jesse H. Jones Communication Center has extensive film and video production facilities, and the Performing Arts Center offers outstanding theatrical production facilities.

Students admitted to the program are offered James A. Michener Fellowships to support their study.

Students seeking the MFA are expected to develop professional skills in at least two of the following fields of creative work: fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and playwriting. The curriculum requires students to work across disciplines; for example, the student might study fiction as a primary field and screenwriting as a secondary field. Candidates must each write a thesis in their primary field.

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) in the spring 2023 semester.

The GSC Committee list was not available at publication time; please check directly with the department for an up-to-date list.

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The Michener Center for Writers is a three-year graduate program of UT Austin and offers an MFA in Writing with concentrations in fiction, poetry, playwriting, or screenwriting. All accepted candidates are supported by a full-time fellowship of $30,000 per year, plus remission of tuition and fees, a $4000 summer stipend, and a health insurance stipend.

Our students work in a primary field, but also have the opportunity to develop a secondary genre(s) while in the program. They are enrolled full-time (9 hrs) in the fall and spring semesters. The requirements are flexible, so students can shape their own degree plans and take supporting courses that feed into their writing projects.

Our teaching staff includes both distinguished visiting and adjunct professors we bring in each semester to teach in the various genres, and classes with faculty of the departments of English, Theatre, and Radio-TV-Film. Guest lecturers also come each year to participate in our literary reading series and meet in seminar with our graduate students.

Please be aware that the UT Austin Department of English offers a separate three-year MFA in creative writing (called the New Writers Project), which offers teaching assistantships and has a different degree plan.

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The James A. Michener Center for Writers is an interdisciplinary graduate program of UT Austin and offers an MFA degree in Writing. Our program is unique in its multi-genre emphasis: our students work in a primary field - fiction, screenwriting, poetry, or playwriting - but also have the opportunity to develop a secondary genre while in the program. This has proven to be a remarkably productive approach. A number of our published or produced writers have been students working outside their original areas of interest - playwrights turned novelists, or fiction writers selling screenplays. A diverse resident faculty of poets, playwrights, novelists, and screenwriters, and an eclectic and distinguished series of visiting professors and guest writers enrich the interdisciplinary experience

The MFA is a three-year degree; students enroll full-time (9 hrs) in the fall and spring semesters. The requirements are flexible, so students can shape their own degree plans and take supporting courses that feed into their writing projects. Our teaching staff includes both regular faculty of the departments of English, Theatre, and Radio-TV-Film and visiting professors we bring in each semester to teach in the various genres. Six to ten guest lecturers also come each year to participate in our literary reading series and meet in seminar with our graduate students.

Please be aware that the UT Department of English offers a separate two-year MA in Creative Writing, which offers teaching assistantship support and has a different degree plan.

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The deadline for applying to the Creative Writing Certificate Program was March 1.  We are no longer accepting applications at this time.  The next application window is September 1 - October 1, 2024.

Creative Writing Certificate Program End-of-Semester Reception and Readings

Please join us on Wednesday, May 1 , in the Joynes Reading Room (Carothers Residence Hall) for our end-of-semester celebration.

Reception begins at 12:30pm with food and refreshments.

Writing Awards and Readings begin at 1:00pm

Creative Writing Honors Thesis Readings begin at 2:00pm.

Please feel free to come to all or part of the program.  Family and friends are welcome!

Writing Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to the Winners of the Kruger Fellowships and Parker Prizes for student writing. 

KRUGER Fiction 

1st Place     Lara Palmqvist - "In Another Life"

Runner-up   Stephanie Degnore - "Where the Light Shines Brightest"

Runner-up   Varun Jawarani - "Lakshana"

KRUGER Poetry  

1st Place     Aguilar Alfredo - "After Three Beers My Tia Talks About The Border"

Runner-up   Safiyya Haider - "Assimilation Is Performance Art" 

PARKER Fiction

1st Place      Molly Tompkins - "Bolt from the Blue"

Runner-up    Charlie Sharpe - "A Horse of Course” 

Runner-up    Ashley Rummel - "The Artists" 

PARKER Poetry

1st Place      Leah Piñon - "The World Ends Through the Mirrors in Your House"

Runner-up    Boppana Pradhitha - "Alternate Methods of Crying"

PARKER Lit Crit

1st Place      Molly Tompkins - "Celestial, Beautiful, and Social Bodies" 

Runner-up    Lane Dent - “Our False Perception of Nature”,

Congratulations to all the contest winners and honors thesis students! 

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Master the art of screenwriting through individualized attention, in-depth workshops, and mentorship in the thriving creative culture of Austin, TX. Here, you can explore your storytelling passions as you develop your unique voice in preparation for a career in the entertainment industry. You’ll practice the craft of both television and film writing and graduate with polished feature film screenplays, original TV pilots, TV spec scripts, and the tools to be a professional screenwriter.

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The Master in Fine Arts (M.F.A.) program in Screenwriting is a two-year (including one summer), 42-hour program designed for creative individuals with a strong commitment to storytelling for the screen. The program provides a foundation of narrative skills that enables writers to succeed in both film and television, in either the Hollywood or independent arenas.  The program also offers a wide variety of electives in production, media studies and industry.   

Year 1:   The primary purpose of the first-year screenwriting program is to introduce students to the fundamentals of writing for both film and television.  Students work on an original feature screenplay as well as a television pilot and television spec scripts.  

Year 2:   The primary purpose of the second-year screenwriting courses is to expand upon the fundamentals of screenwriting, and to prepare students creatively and professionally for careers as screenwriters after graduation.  Students will take a variety of classes to prepare for their career including Development for Screenwriting and The Writers Room Workshop.  

Required Internship:  An internship in the film industry is required as part of the program of work, and past students have interned both in Los Angeles (at such companies as Vertical, Bad Robot, Hulu and HBO), locally at the Austin Film Festival, Austin TV Festival, SXSW and with Austin-based filmmakers Richard Linklater and Noah Hawley.  Many internships are also offered virtually from Los Angeles and New York.  

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Hands-On TV Writers’ Room Workshop Students collaborate and create an entire season of an original series, giving students an immediate writers' room experience.  Every year this course offers something different from collaborating with a seasoned showrunner, to working with a television executive to creating a show for a production class to produce.  The experience is invaluable for students to learn the art of collaboration, addressing notes, production challenges and how to "work the room".    Access to working filmmakers. Collaborate with award-winning MFA production students to see your words come alive on screen. You are encouraged to take production classes to make your own films. Conference & networking access. Passes to the Austin Film Festival’s Screenwriters’ Conference as well as the ATX Television Festival and South by Southwest are available for MFA students.

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The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) offers a bilingual, fully-online Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. The goal of this unique bilingual program is to prepare writers for the publishing marketplace and for teaching and editing careers, both in the United States and Latin America.

Degree Requirements

The degree plan consists of 42 credits of coursework, followed by 6 credits of thesis during which the student completes a publishable manuscript in poetry or fiction. Refer to the Online MFA Curriculum page for a listing of available courses and course descriptions. Spanish is not a requirement for admission.

Many online MFA in Creative Writing courses are open to cross-campus enrollment. Check with your program advisor prior to registering for any of cross-campus courses to ensure they apply toward your degree program, and non-UTEP students who want to take MFA courses must get permission from the MFA Advisor.

To view Online MFA in Creative Writing program courses currently open for cross-campus registration, go to the Student Portal Course Schedule and select Creative Writing-Bilingual (MFA) from the Finish@UT Program menu, or search for a specific course name/number. UTEP students should refer to the UTEP Course Schedule and register directly through your home campus.

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Interested in applying? Be sure to review the Online MFA Application Process , Application Check List , and FAQs . If you have any questions regarding the application process after reviewing this information, please contact Coordinator of Graduate Enrollment, Sally Vasko .

Refer to the Student Support section of our website for additional information on cross-campus registration and course access.

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Degree Awarded: Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

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Sylvia Aguilar-Zéleny

Please send program-related questions to  [email protected] .

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Find answers to questions such as, "Do I need to know Spanish to be admitted into the program?" and, "Who do I contact about financial aid?" on the MFA Online website .

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MFA faculty includes Tim O’Brien, Naomi Shihab Nye, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, and 9 full-time instructors who mentor students in completing book-length theses. Our student to faculty ratio is 6:1.

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Our Creative Writing MFA students come from a competitive international pool of applicants. Alumni have published countless books, won national awards, and secured teaching positions throughout the country.

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Almost 90% of interested students receive funding in the form of graduate assistantships and scholarships. The cost of living in San Marcos is relatively low, though we're in the Austin Metro area.

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What You Won’t Learn in an MFA

An mfa can teach you skills, but will it prepare you for a writing career.

By 2018, I had written five books and decided to pursue an MFA in creative writing with a concentration in fiction. For me, earning an MFA gave me the time and space I needed to quit my day job and transition to writing full-time, but that was something I had been building toward for over a decade. Of course, I can’t speak to all MFA programs, but in many cases, they focus almost exclusively on writing skills and don’t give writers the concrete skills they need to make money writing and publishing. I often found myself answering questions for my classmates about what publishing was really like. It simply wasn’t being taught, sometimes because faculty themselves were struggling with how to navigate writing as a business.

An MFA program may be the right choice to help you become a better writer, or because you want the qualification to teach writing at a college; it may not give you insights into navigating the publishing landscape.

Here are some of the professional development skills you may need to gain outside of the classroom on your writing journey.

Getting published

Many MFA programs don’t talk to authors about the good, the bad, and the ugly in both traditional publishing and self-publishing. There is often an assumption that if you’re in an MFA program, you’ll be seeking a traditional publishing deal. But most programs also don’t teach writers the skills to query small presses or agents who can query large presses. Even as self-publishing has become an increasingly popular publishing choice, many MFA programs aren’t giving students a clear picture of what it involves.

Contracting

My MFA program was great, but never once during my studies did I hear anyone talk about how to read, negotiate, or understand a contract. As an indie author, you’ll have fewer contracts to interact with than authors who choose to traditionally publish their work, but contracts will still come up—contracts with designers who are working on your books, contracts with podcasts or magazines publishing excerpts of your work. In my MFA program, students who were publishing were left to talk with each other to try to understand how contracts work. Most writers aren’t legal experts, and we benefit from having either a private attorney or an attorney through an organization such as the Author’s Guild review our contracts. I would love to see MFA programs better prepare writers to navigate these business interactions, to negotiate writing rates, and to understand what rights we may be signing away with a particular contract.

Writing to market

The culture of MFA programs often shames or diminishes the idea of writing to market, and instead prioritizes creating literary art for the sake of art. This is a completely valid way to approach your writing life. However, if your goal is to publish your work and sell books, understanding the market and how to write books that appeal to readers is important. There’s nothing wrong with writing books with mass-market appeal, but, depending on the program you attend, you may not hear that in classes. Especially for writers considering the self-publishing route, learning how to understand current trends and how to write books that connect to them is invaluable.

Writing is your passion, and seeing your name in print might be your dream, but when it happens, your writing also becomes a business. Understanding how to manage a writing business is something that most new writers won’t have a lot of experience with. For example, when you get paid from book sales, speaking arrangements, or most anything to do with your books, taxes aren’t going to be withheld. Instead, you’ll need to put money aside to pay your taxes. MFA programs generally don’t cover these details or highlight the importance of hiring an accountant or tax professional to help you with setting up your writing business. You may need to form an LLC for your self-publishing business, open a business bank account, and file taxes appropriately for your writing work. As a self-published author, you also may need to keep records tracking orders and inventory.

Most authors are not able to make a living from books alone. Many writers are balancing a variety of different content creation and income streams. This may include teaching at a college or university (for which a terminal degree such as an MFA is required), freelance writing, and independent teaching, to name a few possibilities. The more writing programs can give MFA students the tools they need to understand the business side of their work, the more successful they will be.

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Bret Anthony Johnston is the author of the internationally bestselling novel Remember Me Like This and the multi-award-winning collection Corpus Christi: Stories . He is the editor of Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer , and he wrote the documentary film, Waiting for Lightning . His work appears in The Atlantic Monthly , Esquire , The Paris Review , Virginia Quarterly Review , The Best American Short Stories , and on NPR’s Selected Shorts . His many honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, the world’s “richest and most prestigious prize for a single short story.”

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Elizabeth McCracken is the author of two story collections, Here’s Your Hat What’s Your Hurry (Turtle Bay 1993) and Thunderstruck (The Dial Press 2014), winner of The Story Prize; three novels, The Giant’s House (The Dial Press 1996), a finalist for the National Book Award in 1996, Niagara Falls All Over Again (The Dial Press 2001) and Bowlaway (Ecco 2019); and a memoir, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination. She has received grants and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, among other places. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, and The O. Henry Prize Stories, among other places. The Souvenir Museum, a short story collection, was published in 2021.

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Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing The Write Stuff for Writers

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Grow Your Writing Passion into a Career with Liberty’s Online MFA in Creative Writing

Many people write creatively, but few hone their skills to develop their writing craft to its highest form. Even fewer learn the other skills it takes to become a successful writer, such as the steps needed to get a book published and into the hands of readers. Liberty’s 100% online Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing can help you develop your writing passion into a career so you can set your works free to impact culture and the world.

Employers in every industry need professionals who have strong writing skills, so you can be confident that your ability to write effectively can also help set you apart in your current career. With in-demand writing expertise and the ability to customize your degree with electives in literature or writing practice, Liberty’s online MFA in Creative Writing can help you achieve your professional writing goals.

Our online MFA in Creative Writing is designed to help you build on your writing skills with specific workshops dedicated to the craft of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, or screenwriting. With a work-in-progress approach to writing practice and mentorship from our faculty of experienced writers and scholars, you can learn the specific skills you need to make your writing stand out.

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Our online MFA in Creative Writing is mainly offered in an 8-week course format, and our tuition rate for graduate programs hasn’t increased in 9 years. Through our program, you can study the writing process and develop your creative skills through workshops with experienced writing professionals. With our flexible format, you can grow in your creative writing while continuing to do what is important to you.

As a terminal degree, the online MFA in Creative Writing can also help you pursue opportunities to teach writing at the K-12 or college level. You will gain comprehensive and in-depth exposure to writing, literature, publishing, and many other professional writing skills that you can pass on to students. Partner with the Liberty family and learn under faculty who have spent years in the field you love. Your career in professional writing starts here.

What Will You Study in Our MFA in Creative Writing?

The MFA in Creative Writing program is designed to help you become an excellent creative writer across the genres of creative fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, and poetry. You can learn how to produce aesthetically and culturally engaged creative works while gaining professional knowledge and practice. You will also study foundational contemporary literature so that you have a background in studying important works to draw on for your writing.

To help you in your professional writing, you will also study many essential skills in editing, layout, and the business of publishing so that you can best position yourself for success in the market. Through your creative writing courses and workshops, you can develop your craft so that you will be ready for your thesis project.

Here are a few examples of the skills Liberty’s MFA in Creative Writing can help you master:

  • Marketing your projects and pursuing new writing opportunities
  • Organizing writing and adapting it to different types of writing
  • Tailoring writing to specific audiences and markets
  • Understanding what makes art effective, compelling, and impactful
  • Writing compelling stories that engage readers

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Admission requirements.

  • A non-refundable, non-transferable $50 application fee will be posted on the current application upon enrollment (waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required) .
  • Unofficial transcripts can be used for acceptance purposes with the submission of a Transcript Request Form .
  • Creative Writing Sample – A creative writing sample of one creative writing work of at least 2,500 words or a culmination of creative writing samples totaling 2,500 words.*
  • Applicants whose native language is other than English must submit official scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an approved alternative assessment. For information on alternative assessments or TOEFL waivers, please call Admissions or view the official International Admissions policy .

*A sample of one or more poems totaling a minimum of 750 words may also be submitted. Song lyrics are not accepted at this time as writing samples.

Preliminary Acceptance

If you are sending in a preliminary transcript for acceptance, you must:

  • Be in your final term and planning to start your master’s degree after the last day of class for your bachelor’s degree.
  • Complete a Bachelor’s Self-Certification Form confirming your completion date. You may download the form from the Forms and Downloads page or contact an admissions counselor to submit the form on your behalf.
  • Submit an official/unofficial transcript to confirm that you are in your final term. The preliminary transcript must show a minimum of 105 completed credit hours.
  • If you are a current Liberty University student completing your undergraduate degree, you will need to submit a Degree/Certificate Completion Application .
  • Send in an additional, final official transcript with a conferral date on it by the end of your first semester of enrollment in the new master’s degree.

Dual Enrollment

Please see the Online Dual Enrollment page for information about starting graduate courses while finishing your bachelor’s degree.

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Unofficial college transcript policy.

Unofficial transcripts combined with a Transcript Request Form can be used for admission. Official transcripts are required within 60 days of the admissions decision or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first, and will prevent enrollment into future terms until all official transcripts have been received.

Before sending unofficial college transcripts, please make sure they include the following:

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  • Cumulative GPA
  • A list of completed courses and earned credit broken down by semester
  • Degree and date conferred (if applicable)

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An acceptable official college transcript is one that has been issued directly from the institution and is in a sealed envelope. If you have one in your possession, it must meet the same requirements. If your previous institution offers electronic official transcript processing, they can send the document directly to [email protected] .

If the student uses unofficial transcripts with a Transcript Request Form to gain acceptance, all official transcripts must be received within 60 days of the admissions decision or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first. Failure to send all official transcripts within the 60-day period will prevent enrollment into future terms until all official transcripts have been received.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an mfa in creative writing.

A Master of Fine Arts degree, or MFA, is a terminal degree in an artistic craft that demonstrates that you have achieved the highest level of training and skill in your discipline. Like a doctorate, an MFA often allows you to teach courses at the graduate level while also providing many opportunities for scholarship and leadership in education. If you want to grow your creative writing skills to become the best writer you can be, then the Master of Fine Arts can help you get there.

How will students work towards developing their writing skills?

With creative writing workshops and a thesis project, you will receive support and guidance to help you become the best writer you can be.

How long will it take to complete the MFA in Creative Writing?

You can complete the MFA in Creative Writing in just 48 credit hours!

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The application window for Fall admission to the Creative Writing Certificate Program will open on Feb. 1, 2024 , with a deadline of March 1, 2024.  All links and instructions for the application will be available on this website.

  • Applicants in Fiction need to submit a writing sample of up to 2,500 words.  The sample can consist of one story, several stories, or a novel excerpt. 
  • Applicants in Poetry need to submit up to 5 pages of poetry, which can consist of one poem or several poems. 
  • All applicants need to submit a brief personal statement in the application.

The application has TWO parts:

  • Fill out the Creative Writing Certificate Application Form (including personal statement).
  • Upload your writing sample to the UT Box Folder .

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  1. Michener Center for Writers

    In his final years, he and his wife, Mari Yoriko Sabusawa, moved to Austin, TX, where they endowed the Texas Center for Writers, a three-year MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Texas. The first cohort of Michener Fellows graduated in 1996. After Mr. Michener's death in 1997, the Center was renamed in his honor.

  2. Our MFA

    The MFA program requires a total of 48 hours of coursework, typically fulfilled through 16 three-credit courses, which students take across three years (six semesters, three courses per semester). Our students take several different kinds of courses and seminars to fulfill the course requirements. Writing workshops are the most important part ...

  3. New Writers Project

    The New Writers Project at the University of Texas at Austin is a small, fully funded, three-year studio MFA program within the large and highly-ranked Department of English.We offer our students close mentorship, literary community, and teaching and editing experience. Working in concert with our partner MFA program, the Michener Center for Writers, we provide our students an artistically ...

  4. Apply

    1. ApplyTexas Application. Complete the ApplyTexas application and pay the application fee at least 3 days before the deadline in order to receive access to the MyStatus admissions portal, where you'll submit the rest of your materials (Writing Sample, Statement of Purpose, Transcripts). Credentials to login to MyStatus will be emailed to you ...

  5. Which MFA?

    The University of Texas at Austin offers two MFA programs in creative writing through the New Writers Project (NWP) and the Michener Center for Writers (MCW). While they share courses, faculty, events, and communities, the programs have separate admissions processes and distinct plans of study. Some applicants choose to apply to both programs ...

  6. Our MFA

    MFA in Writing. Michener Fellows enroll in three courses, totaling nine hours, each Fall and Spring semester. There are no summer classes. The 54-hour degree plan includes workshops and studies or seminar courses in the primary and secondary genre (s), a range of electives, and a third-year thesis in the primary genre.

  7. New Writers Project M.F.A.

    The New Writers Project at the University of Texas at Austin is a small, fully-funded, three-year studio MFA program within the large and highly-ranked Department of English.We offer our students close mentorship, literary community, and teaching and editing experience. Working in concert with our partner MFA program, the Michener Center for Writers, we provide our students an artistically ...

  8. Writing < The University of Texas at Austin

    Campus address: J. Frank Dobie House (FDH), 702 East Dean Keeton Street, phone (512) 471-1601, fax (512) 471-9997; campus mail code: A3400. Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, MFA in Writing, James A. Michener Center for Writers, 702 East Dean Keeton Street Stop A3400, Austin TX 78705-3201. E-mail: [email protected].

  9. Michener Center for Writers

    The Michener Center for Writers is a Masters of Fine Arts program in fiction, poetry, playwriting, and screenwriting at the University of Texas at Austin.It is widely regarded as one of the top creative writing programs in the world. Bret Anthony Johnston is the current director of the program. Previously, James Magnuson ran the program for more than 20 years.

  10. AWP: Guide to Writing Programs

    The Michener Center for Writers is a three-year graduate program of UT Austin and offers an MFA in Writing with concentrations in fiction, poetry, playwriting, or screenwriting. All accepted candidates are supported by a full-time fellowship of $30,000 per year, plus remission of tuition and fees, a $4000 summer stipend, and a health insurance ...

  11. Creative Writing Certificate Program

    Please join us on Wednesday, May 1, in the Joynes Reading Room (Carothers Residence Hall) for our end-of-semester celebration. Reception begins at 12:30pm with food and refreshments. Writing Awards and Readings begin at 1:00pm. Creative Writing Honors Thesis Readings begin at 2:00pm. Please feel free to come to all or part of the program.

  12. University of Texas James Michener Center Fully Funded MFA in Creative

    University of Texas James Michener Center based in Austin, TX offers a fully funded MFA in creative writing. The MFA program is a three-year, fully funded residency program with a unique interdisciplinary focus. While writers apply and are admitted in a primary genre—fiction, poetry, playwriting, or screenwriting—they also study a secondary ...

  13. Frequently Asked Questions

    However, if a Michener Center Fellow wants to teach, there are a variety of options for them to explore. The Austin Public Library Foundation's Badgerdog Creative Writing Program works to make creative writing accessible to anyone and everyone, and MCW Fellows have a rich history of teaching writers of all ages through that program.

  14. How to Apply

    APPLYTEXAS APPLICATION. The online application can be found at goapplytexas.org. You will be asked to select your major. The New Writers Project M.F.A. can be found under Liberal Arts. Please submit your ApplyTexas application at least three days in advance of the deadline to ensure that you receive access to MyStatus in time to upload the rest ...

  15. Admissions: MFA in Screenwriting

    Step 1 - Online Application. Use ApplyTexas.org. Choose: The University of Texas at Austin (school), Radio-Television-Film -- MFA in Screenwriting (major/degree). Statement of Purpose: You can wait and upload this as a PDF on the MyStatus page -- Step 2. Letters of Recommendation: You should provide names and email addresses for three ...

  16. MFA Screenwriting

    The Master in Fine Arts (M.F.A.) program in Screenwriting is a two-year (including one summer), 42-hour program designed for creative individuals with a strong commitment to storytelling for the screen. The program provides a foundation of narrative skills that enables writers to succeed in both film and television, in either the Hollywood or ...

  17. MFA in Creative Writing

    To view Online MFA in Creative Writing program courses currently open for cross-campus registration, go to the Student Portal Course Schedule and select Creative Writing-Bilingual (MFA) from the Finish@UT Program menu, or search for a specific course name/number. UTEP students should refer to the UTEP Course Schedule and register directly ...

  18. Are there any creative writing organizations at UT? : r/UTAustin

    Creative writing master's student at UT here. I'm not aware of what the creative writing scene for undergrads is like at UT, but UT has one of two of the biggest and most prestigious creative writing master's programs in the country (the New Writers Project and the Michener Center's program). There's not an organization per se, but you may want to contact the admins of those programs and see ...

  19. Faculty

    Resident Faculty. By any measure, by every measure, the writing faculty at the University of Texas is extraordinary. Our writers are internationally renowned, lauded by critics and embraced by readers and audiences around the world. Our fiction writers and poets have written internationally bestselling novels, award-winning story collections ...

  20. Admissions

    The New Writers Project only admits students for the fall semester. Admissions for Fall 2024 will open in August 2023. Please see How to Apply and Admissions FAQ for more details. We are a fully funded program. Please see our program description for more information about funding. When reviewing your application, we consider all elements in the ...

  21. MFA in Creative Writing : Texas State University

    Idza Luhumyo, a second-year student in Texas State University's MFA Creative Writing program, has been awarded the 2022 AKO Caine Prize for African Writing. The Pitchfork contributor and former Porter House Review Managing Editor reviews Beyonce's latest album. Novelist and critic Amy Gentry explores Samantha Jayne Allen's ('16) and Katie ...

  22. What You Won't Learn in an MFA

    By 2018, I had written five books and decided to pursue an MFA in creative writing with a concentration in fiction. For me, earning an MFA gave me the time and space I needed to quit my day job ...

  23. Fiction Faculty

    Deb Olin Unferth is the author of six books, most recently, the novel Barn 8 (Graywolf 2020) and the story collection Wait Till You See Me Dance (Graywolf 2017). Her fiction and essays have appeared in Harper's, The Paris Review, Granta, Vice, the New York Times, and McSweeney's. She has received a Guggenheim fellowship, three Pushcart Prizes, a Creative Capital Grant, and was a finalist ...

  24. Online Master of Fine Arts

    Liberty University's Online MFA In Creative Writing Gives You Training And Support To Bring Your Creative Work To The World. May 06, 2024. Chat Live (800) 424 ...

  25. Admission

    The application window for Fall admission to the Creative Writing Certificate Program will open on Feb. 1, 2024, with a deadline of March 1, 2024. All links and instructions for the application will be available on this website. Applicants in Fiction need to submit a writing sample of up to 2,500 words. The sample can consist of one story ...