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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.

As a student you will balance scholarly and creative interests, participate in literature seminars and writing workshops, and produce both scholarly and creative work. In your creative work, particularly, you will be encouraged to develop your writing skills in two genres so that you will be prepared to teach more than one.

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Find out about our award-winning faculty and outstanding students.

The faculty in Creative Writing are working writers with numerous publications and awards, and they are distinguished mentors and teachers who work closely with graduate students to help them meet their goals and aspirations. Because of this dedication and the very hard work of the students themselves, the graduate students in our program have published work in Black Review, Carolina Quarterly, Indiana Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Missouri Review, Ontario Review, Passages North, Poetry, Ploughshares and Prairie Schooner, among other venues.

Former students have also published books with presses like New York University Press, Ontario Review Press, Parallel Press, Northeastern University Press, University of New Mexico Press, University of Nebraska Press, Waywiser Press, BkMk Press, and Wings Press.

We also host an outstanding series of visiting writers each year who come to host workshops and read from their work. B. H. Fairchild, Pam Houston, Gjertrud Schnackenberg, William Logan, Marie Howe, and Percival Everett have all recently visited Texas Tech.

What are you waiting for?

  • Four $11,000 Helen DeVitt Jones Creative Writing Scholarships offered in 2011 to incoming M.A. or Ph.D. students in addition to our generous teaching stipend.
  • 90% of our M.A. and Ph.D students receive assistantship support.
  • Our students come from SUNY Stonybrook, UC-Riverside, the University of Illinois, and all points between.
  • We host an expense-paid Recruitment Weekend each March for students admitted to our program. So apply, get admitted, and then come see what we have to offer.
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For more information about graduate study in Creative Writing, please contact Dr. William Wenthe, Director of Creative Writing.

For general information about graduate study in the Department of English, please contact Brian McFadden, Director of Graduate Studies by email or at (806) 742-2500 ext. 246.