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Boise State University

Creative Writing at Boise State

Undergraduate Creative Writing

Program Overview

Come study with our award-winning MFA faculty whose publications include internationally bestselling novels, prize-winning poetry collections, translations, and essays, and whose awards include 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 Iowa Prize, The University of Georgia Press Prize, the Wisconsin Institute Fellowship, the NYT bestseller list and second place in the Apache County Fair for a Hereford calf. Recent form and theory classes have focused on poetics, beauty, graphic novels, speculative fiction, screenwriting, and novel writing. Students are encouraged to take classes in other disciplines and recent students have studied Dance, Metal Work, Anthropology, Sculpture and Theater. We also offer classes in publishing and editing, where students work on The Idaho Review and can help with Free Poetry.


Brady Udall teaching class
Brady Udall teaching a class of students at Boise State.

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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