Just for PhD Students
Poets and Writers recently ranked our program the top Creative Writing PhD in the country (see link). DU's program in creative writing is one of the only writing programs in the country that focuses exclusively on doctoral study. All of the University of Denver's graduate students in Creative Writing are PhD students.
At other creative writing doctoral programs, MFA and MA students generally outnumber creative writing PhD students in workshops. We pitch our workshops and other courses to the sophisticated levels of students who have done an MA or MFA in creative writing elsewhere.
The doctoral program in creative writing at the University of Denver resembles a pure mathematics or philosophy PhD. Our students do a good deal of hard critical reading and research, and some of them write and publish traditional literary critical works. But we also prepare them as writers, just as a philosophy program prepares philosophers, people who think and apply their historical knowledge to contemporary problems. Our PhD is a theoretical doctorate, an experience that builds creative thinking.
We no longer offer an MA in creative writing (and we've never had an MFA).
Here is a link to a page with general information about the graduate program, courses available, and interviews with faculty.
We are pleased to welcome Graham Foust to the Creative Writing faculty in the fall of 2012. Graham Foust is the author of five books, a translation of Ernst Meister's In Time's Rift, with Samuel Frederick; A Mouth in California; Necessary Stranger; As in Every Deafness; and Leave the Room to Itself.
Education and Experimentation
At DU, two-thirds of the graduate students in the English Department are in creative writing. The creative writing, literature, and rhetoric and theory students all work closely together in courses and on other projects. We believe that the experience of writing is crucial to a profound appreciation of literature and theory.
We encourage students to regard genre in an open way, to experiment with hybrid genres, and to create new ones. We concentrate on writing first and categories later. We do workshops in cross-genre writing, travel writing, translation, book reviews, and prose poetry, as well as poetry and fiction.
More and more, the faculty regards the old workshop model as outmoded. All of our workshops integrate literature and writing, and we believe that all writing is creative writing.
Attracting Talented Writers
Our program has about twenty writers at any one time, and it offers an intimate writing community as well as a bracing academic experience. We are able to hand-pick students from a highly competitive pool of applicants, selecting six or seven strong and committed writers each year to become teaching fellows (we do not accept anyone without a teaching fellowship).
Anne Waldman, talk, May 17, 5:30 pm, and reading May 18, 7 pm (Sturm 451)
Past visitors 2012-2013: Rikki Ducornet, Jack Collom, and Rachel Blau DuPlessis
Graduate Bulletin Information
PLEASE NOTE that the deadline for applications to the creative writing program is JANUARY 1.
More information about the Creative Writing Program
A very nice appreciation of long-time DU Creative Writing professor John Williams' Stoner on NPR
An interview with Brian Kiteley on Writer's Voice radio show
A story about recent PhD graduate Richard Froude
A recent Westword story on John Williams, long-time director of the program
An interview with our own alum, Andrea Rexilius, in Bookslut
Poets and Writers ranking