Our program offers students singular opportunities to develop their craft. Students workshop with Tim O’Brien, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Karen Russell (our current Endowed Chair, a position held on a rotating basis by internationally acclaimed writers). They also work closely with our dedicated full-time faculty, including Doug Dorst, Jennifer duBois, Tom Grimes, and Debra Monroe in Fiction; and Cyrus Cassells, Cecily Parks, Kathleen Peirce, Roger Jones, and Steve Wilson in Poetry.
After students complete their thesis, our extensive adjunct faculty provides feedback on their completed manuscript. This group includes Rick Bass, Catherine Barnett, Kevin Brockmeier, Ron Carlson, Maxine Chernoff, Heather Christle, Amy Hempel, Carolyn Forché, T. Geronimo Johnson, Joanna Klink, Ada Limón, Carole Maso, Antonya Nelson, Elissa Schappell, Brian Turner, and many more.
Our students enjoy readings and master classes with renowned visiting writers, as well as meetings with leading agents and editors. This year alone, students will spend time with Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Willing Davidson, Junot Diaz, Martin Espada, John Freeman, Rivka Galchen, Lauren Groff, Kelly Link, Philipp Meyer, Nnedi Okorafor, Tony Perez, Jim Shepard, and Ocean Vuong.