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Boise State University

Creative Writing at Boise State

Undergraduate Creative Writing

Program Overview

An exciting and promising exploration of the fundamentals involved in the creative world of writing. Come study with our award-winning MFA faculty whose publications include prize-winning and internationally bestselling novels, as well as awards and grants that include the Dylan Thomas International Prize, the O. Henry Award, the  Pacific Northwest Book Award, the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Whiting Award, the Idaho Book of the Year, the Stegner Fellowship, the Wisconsin Institute Fellowship, and the International Dublin Literary Award (2019). Some of our classes offered are The Writer’s Life, Reading as a Writer, The Writer’s Studio, Fundamentals of Narrative, and The Art of the Sentence. Recent form and theory classes have focused on poetics, graphic novels, speculative fiction, screenwriting, and novel writing. We also offer classes in publishing and editing, where students work on The Idaho Review.


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About our Program

12/6/2019 : DUBLIN : American author Emily Ruskovich has been announced as the winner of the 2019 International DUBLIN Literary Award, for her debut novel Idaho. She is pictured with Rick O’Shea, MC. Picture Conor McCabe Photography. — at Round Room at the Mansion House.

MFA in Creative Writing

The MFA Program in Creative Writing offers degree tracks in fiction and poetry, emphasizing the art and craft of literary writing and concentrating on the student’s written work. Close work with faculty and visiting writers is encouraged through seminars, conferences, and classroom interaction during the three-year course, the third year of which is normally devoted to thesis preparation.

Students who intend to pursue a career in teaching literature and writing at the college level have the opportunity to study the pedagogy of creative writing. Also offered are classes in the craft of literary publishing, with coursework in the production of a literary annual The Idaho Review.  Internships and graduate assistantships are available. The program also publishes Free Poetry, featuring essays and poetry from today’s leading poets.

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