Texas State University’s 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 workshop, and hold a Q & A session with M.F.A. students. At the following links, you may listen to Nick Flynn talk with poetry students, and Yiyun Li talk with fiction students.
Our program enrolls approximately 60 students, 70 percent of whom are from out of state. Students live in San Marcos and in Austin, which is 30 minutes from campus. In 2012, 25 M.F.A. students held TA positions, and 16 held IA positions. Summer teaching positions often are available. 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 staff our literary journal, Front Porch. They gain experience as editors and earn six credit hours for working on the journal.
Remarks by Tim O’Brien, our permanent professor of creative writing, capture our program’s spirit.
Thank you for considering Texas State. I hope to see you next year.
Tom Grimes, MFA Director
Department of English
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
Telephone: (512) 245-7681
FAX: (512) 245-8546