February 15, 2020 is the deadline for graduate applications for those wishing to enter the PhD or MFA in fall 2020.
Georgia State University Creative Writing Program students enjoy the benefits of working with our award-winning faculty while living and writing in Atlanta, an international city with vibrant literary, art, music, and food cultures.
We award the PhD in English, Concentration in Creative Writing (one of the top 15 in the US, as ranked by Poets & Writers), the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and the BA in English, Concentration in Creative Writing. You can explore the details of these degree programs in the Graduate Catalog and the Undergraduate Catalog.
We offer a number of financial aid opportunities for graduate students, including the Paul Bowles Fellowship in Fiction, the Virginia Spencer Carr Fellowship in Prose, teaching assistantships, and editorial assistantships at the literary magazines Five Points and New South.
Our students come from all over—Oregon, Tennessee, California, Arkansas, Illinois, and even Georgia. Those students publish with Random House, Algonquin Books, St Martin’s, Alice James Books, Bloomsbury, Big Lucks, Anhinga Press, Scribner, Louisiana State University Press, Civil Coping Mechanism, Carroll & Graf, Press 53, Future Tense, C&R Press, Publishing Genius, and Kensington Books, and in The Atlantic, One Story, Conjunctions, The New Republic, AGNI, American Short Fiction, BOMB, Gettysburg Review, Georgia Review, McSweeney’s, New England Review, the Yale Review, and elsewhere. They win important prizes, fellowships, and contests, including the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, the Poets & Writers Writers Exchange Contest, the Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers, the Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from The Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, the Georgia Author of the Year Award, and The World’s Best Short Short Story Contest.
Our faculty includes David Bottoms and Beth Gylys in poetry, and John Holman, Sheri Joseph, and Josh Russell in prose. Every member of the Creative Writing Program faculty has published with top commercial, independent, or university presses three or more books that have received significant critical attention, and each faculty member has received major awards, honors, or fellowships, including the Whiting Writer’s Award, the Walt Whitman Award, The Grub Street National Book Prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.
The Creative Writing Program’s Events Series brings to campus nationally and internationally known writers who give public readings and lectures and meet with students for workshops and Q&A sessions. Recent visitors have included Lauren Groff, David Shields, Natasha Trethewey, Lydia Davis, Randall Kenan, Dana Spiota, Sindiwe Magona, and Edward Hirsch.
Information about how to apply to the PhD and the MFA can be found here. (Go ahead and click “Apply Now” over on the left, even if you’re not ready to apply when you click the button. That click leads to the College of Arts & Science’s Graduate Admissions page, which has links to several other useful pages.) For more details, consult also the Graduate Catalog, which can be found here.
If you’re interested in the PhD, note that before entering the PhD program, students must have completed a MFA in creative writing, or a master’s degree in in English, creative writing, or a closely related discipline in the arts or humanities (history, philosophy, art, theater, art history, modern or classical languages, folklore, etc.) from an accredited college or university.
If you’re interested in the MFA, note that the Creative Writing Admissions Committee expects applicants to hold a BA in English or creative writing, or to have completed the equivalent of an undergraduate minor in English or creative writing: at least 15-18 hours of course work in English and/or creative writing, including 12 hours at the 3000 level (junior or senior) or above, at an accredited college or university.
If you have any other questions about the Georgia State University Creative Writing Program’s degree programs (PhD, MFA, BA), courses, or events, please contact Dr. Heather Russel, Associate Director of Creative Writing, or Josh Russell, Director of Creative Writing.
More information about the GSU Creative Writing Program and Department of English can be found at the Department of English website.