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MFA in Creative Writing




Creative Writing MFA Program at Boise State

The Creative Writing MFA Program at Boise State is a fully funded three year program, dedicated to poetry and fiction, staffed by award-winning MFA faculty whose publications include prize-winning and internationally bestselling novels, as well as awards and grants that include the O. Henry Award, the Iowa Poetry Prize, 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). Ours is a small program, with 8-10 students in each genre at a given time, which results in individualized attention and a close-knit community.

Close work with faculty and visiting writers is encouraged through workshop, seminars, and conferences during the three-year course. Students spend much of their third year working on a fiction or poetry manuscript in consultation with their thesis director. To supplement our full time faculty we have introduced additional Thesis Faculty. Thesis Faculty are nationally and internationally renowned writers who can sit on committees and give thesis feedback.

Also offered are classes in the craft of literary publishing, with coursework in the production of The Idaho Review.  Internships and graduate assistantships are available. The program also publishes Free Poetry, chapbooks from internationally known poets.

All students receive a tuition waiver, health insurance, and a Teaching Assistantship with a stipend of $11,450 per year. T.A.s teach one introductory course in their genre (CW 202: Introduction to Fiction or CW 203: Introduction to Poetry) per semester.

The GRE is not required for admission.

Boise is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation and has many options for arts and literature events, as well as a lively social scene on campus and around the downtown area. Living in Boise and working on an MFA in creative writing is a perfect combination of outdoor fun and creative focus.

BFA and BA in Creative Writing Information


Upcoming Events

Cole Swensen Reading on
April 8th at 7.30pm
Boise State University, Liberal Arts Room 106. The reading is free of charge and open to the public.

Cole Swensen is the author of 17 collections of poetry, a collection of critical essays, Noise That Stays Noise, and, most recently, Art in Time, a collection of hybrid poetry/lyric-essay works on innovative landscape art. Her work has won the Iowa Poetry Prize, the SF State Poetry Center Book Award, and the National Poetry Series and has been a finalist twice for the LA Times Book Award and once for the National Book Award. A translator of contemporary French poetry, prose, and art criticism, she has also won the PEN USA Award in Literary Translation. She divides her time between the US and France.

Cole is also the author of the latest book from the Creative Writing department’s poetry press Free Poetry:

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