MFA in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing

Write. Edit. Publish at MFA program in Creative Writing

Our Program

You can write anywhere, it's true. But here in the Piney Woods of East Texas, a place of rolling hills, bluebonnets, and barbecue, you can do so much more. Because, let's be honest, the writing is only the beginning.

It's right there in our name. We're an MFA program in creative writing, editing, and publishing. A short drive from Houston and the Gulf Coast, we're home to the Texas Review Press and the Texas Review, as well as the National Book Awards Festival at Sam Houston.

A 48-hour full-residency program, we offer more than just workshops. Our students gets hands-on training through internships with the Texas Review Press and Texas Review and take courses in editing and publishing as well as courses in literature, theory, and pedagogy. We also offer a course we call "The Writer's Life," which prepares students not just for life in an MFA program but for life beyond the MFA. 

Always striving to find ways to support our students financially, we offer three $10,000 fellowships annually (each renewable for three years), as well as graduate assistantships.

So, if you're a writer who wants to do more, come write here. Come make books here. Come to Texas. Apply>

the story of the MFA program in Creative Writing
Tucked away on a sprawling 316-acre campus, within a quaint, small community, writers can find the support, focus, and camaraderie they're looking for. Learn More >

Characters of the MFA program in Creative Writing

A dedicated and accomplished faculty will guide students as developing writers, editors, and publishers. Learn More >

Sights and sounds from the MFA program in Creative Writing

Established writers from all over the country visit our campus, mentoring our students in classroom settings and present readings of their work for the campus and surrounding communities. Learn More >


Program Director

Prof. Nick Lantz
Phone: 936.294.1990

Application Requirements

    1. Graduate Admissions Application [online]
    2. Pay Application Fee [online]

To complete your above application, you will need the following:

  1. 1. Official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution;
  2. 2. At least twelve hours of upper-division English courses with a 3.0 GPA or better;
  3. 3. Contact information, including email addresses, for three academic or professional sources who have agreed to write letters of recommendation on your behalf;
  4. 4. Creative writing sample of either 20 double-spaced pages of prose or a collection of 8 to 10 poems (prose samples may consist of a completed work or excerpts);
  5. 5. A statement of purpose (between 500 and 1000 words).
  6. Deadlines: March 15 (for full consideration including fellowships and graduate assistantships). If you wish to be considered for a graduate assistantship in the Department of English, please complete and return the GA APPLICATION (link) by these deadlines (Note: The GRE is no longer required.)

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