University of Wyoming (Laramie)

University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY
Two-year program (40 credits)

Funding & Training: All of our full-time MFA students are fully funded with two-year graduate assistantships. Currently, assistantships include a stipend of $12,078 per academic year, a tuition and fees waiver, and student health insurance. The teaching load is excellent: one course per semester. Our students also receive summer stipends in the amount of $2,000 for the summer between the first and second years of the program. Beyond assistantships and summer stipends, we offer a range of other benefits. Each student in our program has access to several hundred dollars of support for travel, publication, research, and other needs each year. Second-year students receive a week-long writing retreat at the Shortgrass Steppe station in Northern Colorado, funded by the MFA.

Faculty: Paul Bergstraesser, Andrew Fitch, Alyson Hagy, April Heaney, Harvey Hix, Mark Jenkins, Frieda Knobloch,Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Jeff Lockwood, Beth Loffreda, Kate Northrop, Val Pexton, David Romtvedt, Brad Watson, Joy Williams

Application (Deadline Jan. 10):

  1. Manuscript: 25 double-spaced pages for prose;  10 single-spaced pages  for poetry
  2. Statement of purpose: 500 words explaining why you wish to undertake graduate study in creative writing. (Be sure to discuss the kind of creative work or project you intend to pursue within the program.)
  3. CV
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Official transcripts
  6. $50 application fee

Admission rate: 9 students accepted from 300 applications; 3% acceptance rate

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