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MFA Creative Writing


Texas State University’s M.F.A. program in creative writing has a distinguished facultyan 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 listen to Kazim Ali talk with poetry students and Elissa Schappell 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 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.

Remarks by Tim O’Brien, our permanent professor of creative writing, capture our program’s spirit. 

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

Thank you for considering Texas State.

Department of English
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666

Telephone: (512) 245-7681
FAX: (512) 245-8546
E-mail: mfinearts@txstate.edu