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Creative Writing

Our Creative Writing Program is vibrant and highly successful. We are committed on all levels to developing well-rounded practitioners with substantial backgrounds in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, digital writing practices, hybrid and other experimental forms, book arts, and literary history and theory. Our program hosts a dynamic reading series and opportunities for interaction with visiting authors and scholars. Undergraduates are introduced to a variety of writing lives through small workshops and intensive focus on their work, while studying the larger ecology of contemporary publishing. In our graduate program, home to Quarterly West and Western Humanities Review, students intensify and deepen their investigation. We offer a modular MFA in Environmental Humanities, the American West, or Book Arts. Many graduates in our PhD Program, which Atlantic Monthly rated as among the top five in the country, publish widely in literary journals, place books before or soon after completing the program, win national and international awards, oversee and participate in a graduate reading series, and go on to find good academic positions. Our renowned and aesthetically diverse faculty, whose honors include Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, Pushcart Prizes, the Berlin Prize, and other prestigious recognition of their creative work, scholarship, and teaching, includes Katharine Coles, Michael Mejia, Lance Olsen, Jacqueline Osherow, Paisley Rekdal, and Melanie Rae Thon.

We offer two graduate degrees in Creative Writing: An MFA and a PhD that prepares students to pursue careers as teachers of writing. The creative Writing faculty also sponsors an annual Guest Writers Series and the Utah Symposium in Science and Literature. Graduate students also comprise the editorial staff of Quarterly West and Western Humanities Review, and are the hosts of the monthly Working Dog readings.

Click here for more information about the Creative Writing graduate program requirements.

For questions about the Creative Writing Program, please contact:

Professor Lance Olsen
Director, Creative Writing Program
Email: lance.olsen@utah.edu 

For questions about how to apply to the Creative Writing Program, please contact:

Gerri Mackey
Graduate Advisor
Email: gerri.mackey@utah.edu

Last Updated: 9/12/18