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Masters Concentration in Creative Writing

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The English Department’s Thursday Night Reading Series (TNRS) features weekly readings of original poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, and experimental works from UL graduate students and faculty. Watch the video to see our graduate students share their work and visit the TNRS Facebook page to learn more.

The M.A. Creative Writing Concentration at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette invites you to join our energetic close-community of faculty and students.

The M.A. in English is unique in that it is a generalist program. That means you as students gain broad expertise in a variety of creative writing genres: fiction, poetry, drama, and creative non-fiction. It also means that you’ll gain a strong foundation in literature, and a strong teaching, or pedagogical foundation by instructing composition courses and working in the University’s Writing Center.

The generalist program ensures graduates who opt for academic positions are qualified to teach in several areas. Graduates who choose careers outside of the academy are prepared through experiencing managing a classroom, working one-on-one with undergraduate students, editing, writing, and communicating ideas to a variety of audiences. We also offer a  professional development series meant for new graduate students as well as a job market workshop series.

You will be able to gain professional development experience through working on the print journal, The Southwestern Review, and our online literary journal Rougarou. Students also read at our Thursday Night Reading Series (TNRS), and often attend the annual Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference where our graduate creative writers host an annual off-site reading. Creative writers also have the opportunity to present their work at the Deep South in the Global South graduate conference we put on each year through a creative plenary and creative panels.

In addition to our great faculty, and writers-in-residence, our creative writing program is enhanced by the Deep South Festival of Writers.

Apply to Write with Us

In addition to the MA in English application requirements, the department requires a creative writing portfolio. You should submit a creative writing sample of 15-20 pages as part of their application directly to the graduate coordinator for incoming students. E-mail a PDF of your creative portfolio to 

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