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MFA Creative Writing

Texas State University‚Äôs M.F.A. program in creative writing has a distinguished faculty; an endowed chair held on a rotating basis by internationally known writers; a unique adjunct thesis faculty who will read and comment on your complete thesis manuscript; and an extensive visiting writers series. Visiting writers give two readings, teach a master class, and hold a Q & A session with M.F.A. students. At Front Porch Journal, the program's outgoing literary journal, you may watch and listen to visiting writers talk with our students.

Our program enrolls approximately 60 students between the Fiction and Poetry tracks, 70 percent of whom are from out of state. Students live in San Marcos and in Austin, which is 30 minutes from campus. Given that the M.F.A. program at Texas State is a studio/academic program, hundreds of our graduates have secured teaching jobs at various universities and colleges. M.F.A. students also staff Porter House Review, the program's new literary journal (debuting Fall 2018), which will feature established and emerging writing from around the world. Working for the publication will allow students to gain experience as editors, work with visiting instructors from across the publishing industry, and earn up to six credit hours for their work.

The Texas State library is home to the Wittliff Collections, a literary and photographic archive, research site, and exhibition space, where we regularly host our visiting writers series.  We also run a monthly reading series of MFA student work at the Collections.

If you have any questions about application procedures, please feel free to contact us at, or call 512.245.7681.

Thank you for considering Texas State.