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M.F.A. in Creative Writing

The M.F.A. at West Virginia University is a three-year studio/research program that combines work in a primary genre and at least one other genre with courses in literature, pedagogy, linguistics, and professional writing and editing. The program hosts a reading series and the annual Sturm Writer-in-Residence, edits a national literary journal ( Cheat River Review), supports an active graduate student organization (the Council of Writers, or COW), and hosts the West Virginia Writers Workshop each summer.

All M.F.A.s at WVU are fully funded and have opportunities to teach composition, creative writing, and professional writing, and to do outreach via the Appalachian Prison Book Project and the Bolton Workshop for Writing Teachers. The current MFA stipend is $15,650. 

M.F.A. alumni have gone on to further graduate study in English, to other professional programs such as divinity school, to careers in editing and publishing, and to positions as both adjunct and tenure-track faculty. They've also received fellowships such as the Olive B. O'Connor Fellowship at Colgate and the Emory University Creative Writing Fellowship, won national prizes such as the Iowa Award for Poetry and the AWP Prize for Nonfiction, and published books with Carnegie Mellon, Ohio University Press, Salmon Poetry, Tebot Bach, University of Georgia Press, University Press of New England, William Morrow/Harper Collins, HarperTeen, and elsewhere.

Graduate Catalog Description   Graduate Student Handbook

WVU’s MFA faculty members have published more than 25 books among them and have won many prestigious prizes and honors:

WVU’s MFA graduates have published in hundreds of literary journals, including prestigious venues such as:  AGNISouthern ReviewGettysburg ReviewFieldPrairie SchoonerTar River PoetryNinth LetterNorthwest ReviewHayden’s Ferry ReviewThe Journal32 PoemsGeorgetown ReviewControlled BurnColorado ReviewPankMalahat ReviewMid-American ReviewPasteChelseaWashington SquareLaurel ReviewSlantNew Orleans Review, and in the anthology  Layers of Possibility: Healing Poetry. Recent MFA students have won Intro Prizes sponsored by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and the GreenTower Press’s chapbook prize and have published book-length collections of poetry and fiction. Recent graduates have won honors such as the Iowa Poetry Prize and the Walt Whitman Award.