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Creative Writing at Tech

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Our M.A. and Ph.D programs in English with emphasis in creative writing offer students with exceptional ability and potential the chance to concentrate on their art and the rigorous academic study of literature. This powerful combination opens doors for many academic opportunities not available to typical M.F.A. graduates.

Students participate in literature seminars and writing workshops, and produce both scholarly and creative work. Creative writers are encouraged to develop their writing skills in two genres so they will be prepared to teach more than one.

In addition to faculty instruction and mentorship, we also host a dynamic visiting writers series. Albert Ríos, Lisa Russ Spaar, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Amy Beeder, Robert Boswell, Mary Szybist, Tiphanie Yanique, and Elena Passarello have all recently visited Texas Tech.

Study and write with award-winning faculty and outstanding students.

The faculty in creative writing are working with writers with numerous publications and awards, as well as distinguished mentors and teachers who work closely with graduate students to meet their goals and aspirations. Because of this dedication and the very hard work of the students, our writers have recently published in The New Yorker, Southern Review, Carolina Quarterly, Indiana Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Missouri Review, Subtropics, Passages North, Poetry, Paris Review, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner, among other top venues.

Too, our students have placed books with presses like BOA Editions, Ltd., University of Arkansas Press, Southern Illinois University Press, Northeastern University Press, University of New Mexico Press, University of Nebraska Press, Waywiser Press, BkMk Press, Cleveland State University Press, and others.

Recent faculty and student accomplishments.

A film by John Poch was featured by PBS Digital Studios.

Professor Dennis Covington publishes Revelation: A Search for Faith in a Violent Religious World.

Poetry graduate student Jacob Shores-Arguello publishes poem, "In Ukraine," in The New Yorker.

Fiction graduate student Dominic Russ-Combs wins 2016 Stegner Fellowship in Prose.

LSU Press publishes Dr. William Wenthe's fourth book, God's Foolishness.

Nonfiction graduate student Sarah Viren awarded Winter 2016 Keroac Project residency.

Dr. Jacqueline Kolosov wins the 2015 Mary Roberts Rinehart Non-fiction Contest from Stillhouse Press for her memoir, Motherhood, and the Places Between.

Dr. Katie Cortese publishes her debut collection, Girl Power and Other Short-Short Stories.

Dr. Leslie Jill Patterson named a 2014 Soros Justice Fellow.

Alice James Books releases Eros is More by Juan Antonio González Iglesias, translated by Dr. Curtis Bauer.

Our graduate students can expect:

  • a teaching stipend for all enrolled M.A. and Ph.D. students, if desired.
  • enrollment in our in-house professional development course and the chance to apply for Tech's TEACH Program, created in response to the Preparing Future Faculty movement.
  • the potential to join the Iron Horse Literary Review staff as a reader or managing editor.
  • opportunities to work in our beautiful Letterpress Studio.
  • small classes, dedicated mentors, generous and talented colleagues, and a warm welcome into a tight-knit community of writers and scholars here in the South Plains.

We invite you to learn more about the M.A. and Ph.D. programs, and to apply here.

For specific questions about our programs, please email the Director of Creative Writing, Dr. Curtis Bauer.

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For more information about graduate study in Creative Writing, please contact Dr. Curtis Bauer, Director of Creative Writing.

For general information about graduate study in the Department of English, please contact Dr. Julie Couch, Director of Graduate Studies by email or at 806.834.1742.