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One of the oldest established programs in the country, Creative Writing at Bowling Green State University emphasizes the studio fine arts element of its degree. The program offers a BFA and MFA.. Teaching assistantships are available for the MFA Program. Please see the Graduate College policies and procedures. All MFAs are eligible for four competitive non-service Devine fellowships, two in poetry and two in fiction. They also receive $50 per year in reimbursable expenses to mail and/or upload manuscripts to editors.
Writers in the BFA Program work in intensive workshops of limited size, with comprehensive education in craft and knowledge of the discipline. This studio experience is complemented by English and interdisciplinary courses as well as competitive opportunities to intern with Mid-American Review, our award-winning international literary magazine.
The program hosts the College of Arts and Sciences Visiting Writers Series, an important aspect of BGSU's campus culture. Nationally-known writers, such as Marge Piercy, Virgil Suarez, C.K. Williams, Aimee Bender, Anthony Doerr, Simon Ortiz, Stuart Dybek, Grace Paley, Stephen Dunn, Frank Chin, and Rick Moody, visit to read their works and meet with faculty and students. In addition to visiting writers, BGSU faculty, students, and distinguished alumni also read from their works. All readings are free and open to the public. A schedule can be found by following the link on the sidebar to the left.
Recently, three MFA alumni have been selected to join the 100 Most Prominent Alumni over BGSU's 100-year existence: Mark Berman, Anthony Doerr, and Carolyn Forche. Students and graduates of the MFA program have won awards such as the Yale Younger Poets Award, Guggenheim, Rome Prize, NEA Individual Artist Fellowships, Hodder Fellowship at Princeton, Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry, NY Public Library Young Lions Award, Iowa Short Fiction Prize, Flannery O'Connor Prize, Milkweed Prize, Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Prize in Fiction, Willa Cather Prize, NYU Press Prize in Fiction, Bluestem Award, National Contemporary Poetry Award, AWP Intro Journals Project, and many more. The contemporary literary, visual, and performing arts scene at BGSU is vibrant! And there is plenty of housing close to campus.
Recent graduates of the BFA program are publishing with excellent literary presses, such as Milkweed Editions, Random House, and Amistad Press. Using their broad-based training, BFAs also enter fields as varied as publicity writer for Simon & Schuster, writer and editor for WTOL-TV in Toledo, comic book writer for Marvel Comics in New York, and others. Other BFA graduates continue on to MFA programs. The BFA writer's experience is enriched by program activities: Undergraduates edit BGSU's literary journal, Prairie Margins; organize the BFA reading series; participate in all cultural events of the MFA program; and have the opportunity to intern with the Mid-American Review. First- and second-year students can join the Arts Village, a live-in learning community devoted to the fine arts, Joel O'Dorisio, Director.