MFA in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing

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New Fellowships Announced

The Sam Houston State University MFA Program in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing is pleased to announce new fellowships to begin in the fall of 2020. The three new fellowships, each worth $10,000, will be awarded annually and will be renewable for three years. 

"It's long been our goal to be able to better support our graduate students financially," said Dr. Scott Kaukonen, director of the MFA program. "We've been well aware that funding remains a top priority for applicants who are considering any MFA program, and we're pleased that will be able to take this next step in offering competitive financial support to our students."

The fellowships, when combined with a graduate assistantship—which currently provides students with around $9,800 for the academic year in exchange for 20 hours of work each week—will allow the program to offer financial support to fellowship recipients nearing $20,000 per year.

The fellowships will initially be supported by the Graduate School, through the work of Dean Ken Hendrickson, and then going forward through the support of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Dean Abby Zink, as well as the Department of English and its chair, Dr. Jake Blevins.

"To build the MFA program we envision requires a shared vision," Kaukonen said. "And we believe in the pieces we've put in place here, including our faculty and our curriculum, including the Texas Review Press and the Texas Review, and the National Book Awards Festival. Being able to support students financially—and to draw top-notch students here with that support—becomes a key step in that process."

Launched in 2012, the MFA program is a 48-hour workshop-based residency program with three areas of concentration: fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry. In addition, students gain practical publishing experience through SHSU's Texas Review Press and Texas Review.

While the program centers around the workshop experience, students also take a significant body of coursework in literature, theory, and pedagogy.

"To enter an MFA program is to say, more than anything, that for this particular time in your life you want to commit yourself to writing, and to being in a community of other writers who share your sense of dedication and purpose," Kaukonen said. "There is much that we can say about what an MFA program can and cannot do for you, and there is much that we can say about life beyond the MFA, but more than anything else there is this—the writing and the community."


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