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
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.
WVU’s MFA faculty members have published more than 25 books among them and have won many prestigious prizes and honors:
PEN/Revson Foundation Fellowship
National Endowment for the Arts Literary Fellowship
- Fulbright Fellowship
Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship
Iowa Short Fiction Award
George Garrett Fiction Award
Bakeless Prize in Nonfiction
Ohio State University Press/
The Journal Prize
Kent State University Press/Wick Chapbook Prize
- NEH-National Endowment for the Humanities
- Dupont Fellowship
- Visiting Artist-American Academy in Rome
WVU’s MFA graduates have published in hundreds of literary journals, including prestigious venues such as: AGNI, Southern Review, Gettysburg Review, Field, Prairie Schooner, Tar River Poetry, Ninth Letter, Northwest Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Journal, 32 Poems, Georgetown Review, Controlled Burn, Colorado Review, Pank, Malahat Review, Mid-American Review, Paste, Chelsea, Washington Square, Laurel Review, Slant, New 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.