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MFA Creative Writing

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 master class, and hold a Q & A session with M.F.A. students. At Front Porch, our literary journal, you may watch and listening to visiting writers talk with our 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 the 2013-2014 school year, 27 M.F.A. students held TA positions, and 15 held IA positions.  Summer teaching positions are often 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 also staff Front Porch, through which they gain experience as editors and earn 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.

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Click to find more information on the historic Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center.