With the inception of the MFA degree in 1985, creative writing became an ascendant unit; the program was ranked within the top 20 MFA programs in the nation by U. The program's alumni are equally impressive, having won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, the Pen Southwest Book Award, the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, the May Swenson Poetry Award, the Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award, and numerous Pushcart Prizes.
They are the recipients of grants from the NEA and Fulbright and Stegner Fellowships. Each assistantship carries a three course per year load and includes a tuition waiver and health insurance in addition to the TA stipend ($17,100 per year).
In the spring of the third year, students typically focus on completing the thesis manuscript with their committee chair.
Justin Petropoulos Program Manager of Creative Writing Ross Blakley 152Phone: 480-727-9130E-mail: [email protected] should have an undergraduate major in English or Creative Writing, with a GPA of 3.00 or above; however, exceptional students who do not have either of these undergraduate majors may be admitted on the basis of writing excellence.
Piper Center for Creative Writing offers a variety of graduate assistantships, international writing and teaching scholarships, and thesis fellowships to continuing students.
Students who accept the TA offer are required to take the TA seminar, a pedagogy and training course designed to assist graduate students during their first year. Successful TAs have the opportunity to teach introductory creative writing to undergraduates, under the supervision of one of the program faculty.
Selection All application materials must be received by January 1.
Selection is based on talent and promise, as demonstrated in the manuscript sample; the academic record; evidence of dedication and potential for growth, from the recommendations and personal statement; and compatibility of the applicant’s goals with the purpose and design of the ASU degree program.
While students are expected to satisfy these requirements in the genre in which they were accepted, the program encourages cross-genre study, and electives can include courses taken outside of the creative writing program, even outside the English department.
Courses such as “Creative Writing and the Professions” and “Internship for Community Outreach” encourage students to envision life beyond graduation.