University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
This program offers teaching assistantships, fellowships, and awards.
The program hosts several internal writing contests with cash awards, and the United We Read Graduate Student/Faculty Reading Series and the Visiting Writers Series. Visiting writers and poets have included Juan Felipe Herrera, Peter Rock, Daniel Borzutzky, Paisley Rekdal, Nicole Cooley, C. Dale Young, Carmen Giménez Smith, Robert Olen Butler, Kyoko Mori, Ron Tanner, Adam Johnson, Nega Mezlekia, Charles Bernstein, among many others.
The program also features internal projects such as the Literary Circular and Read Local: Eat Local, which provide opportunities for students to edit and curate flash fiction and poetry publications in inventive formats.
Students usually complete their PhD in four to five years.
José Dalisay, Derek Harriell, William (Trent) Hergenrader, Rachel Himmelherber, Caroline Knox, Soham Patel, Ching-In Chen, Phong Nguyen, Kyoko Mori, Melissa Olsen, Stephen Powers, Rene Steinke, Ron Tanner
The undergraduate program in creative writing at UWM stresses both parts of the title: creative, writing. Our students spend every moment of every class developing their creative skills, and they write (and rewrite) an enormous amount. The result is an incredibly diverse, incredibly talented body of creative writers, who create everything from poems to novels to stories to zines, online and in print. They work on the program’s legendary undergraduate literary magazine, Furrow, and attend and/or organize dozens of creative writing events on—and off-campus year-round.
Students who major in English with a creative writing concentration focus their studies in either poetry or fiction, but all will write in more than one genre before they graduate. Creative writing workshops, where students’ works are the main texts, form the bulk of the curriculum, particularly at the more advanced levels; it’s in this way that students develop not only their writing skills but also their critical reviewing and thinking skills.
Our graduates have gone on to many different careers — far from being a narrowly-focused degree, a major in creative writing serves a wide variety of careers well, including editing, publishing, advertising, marketing, public relations, teaching, law and more. Whatever field they choose, what’s common is that they do uncommonly well. (Just this past year, one of our graduates received mention in the famed Best American series.)
For requirements and electives, visit our undergraduate major requirements page.
For more information, contact our coordinator:
Professor Liam Callanan
Curtin Hall 593