"Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences."
- Sylvia Plath
Whether you are interested in becoming a professional writer or simply have a passion for creative writing and wish to develop your talent, the concentration in Creative Writing within CMU's MA program in English Literature and Language has something for you!
Students in our program:
- Write creatively, their way. Our students work toward the completion of an exit portfolio consisting of their strongest short stories, novel excerpts, poems, or creative nonfiction essays, or a combination of these genres. This portfolio prepares them to apply to MFA or PhD programs in creative writing, go on the job market, or publish their work.
- Receive individual attention from our widely published, award winning faculty. Faculty in our program have collectively published eleven books of fiction and poetry in the past ten years and have won a variety of teaching awards, including the CMU Excellence in Teaching Award, the University’s highest honor for teachers.
- Have the opportunity to serve as editors for our graduate literary journal, Temenos, which receives submissions from all over the country.
- Make connections with prominent writers from all over the country through our two reading series—the English Department’s Visiting Writers Series and the Wellspring Literary Series. Recent visitors to our program include Dan Chaon, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Marie Howe, Thomas Lux, Lance Olsen, Ross Gay, Fleda Brown, Alissa Nutting, and many more.
- Develop lifelong friendships with their peers.
Graduates of our program:
- Go on to study at top MFA and PhD programs. Recent graduates have been accepted to MFA programs at UC Boulder, Bowling Green State, Columbia Chicago, Emerson College, Georgetown, Rutgers, and more, and to PhD programs at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Wayne State University, and The University of Utah.
- Compete well for assistantships and scholarships at MFA and PhD programs.
- Land teaching jobs at community colleges. Recent graduates have been hired to teach at Mid Michigan Community College, Montcalm Community College, Delta Community College, and Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College, among others.
- Publish well. Notable graduates of our program include John Grogan, author of the bestselling novel Marley and Me; Paula McClain, author of the bestselling novel, The Paris Wife; Keith Taylor, author of the book Guilty at the Rapture and director of the undergraduate creative writing program at the University of Michigan; and Rochelle Savran, author of the poetry collection The Common Fire, published by Red Hen Press.
Assistantship and Fellowship
The Graduate College and the English Department at Central Michigan University offer a variety of graduate assistantships and fellowships to highly qualified applicants. Applications for English department assistantships must be received by February 1st to be considered for the following academic year. For more information on graduate assistantships
and graduate fellowships
or to apply
please refer to the English Department website.
The applicant to the Master of Arts in English Language and Literature: Creative Writing concentration must have had an undergraduate major or minor in English with a grade point
average of at least 3.0 on a four-point scale and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
This applicant must submit a completed application and provide a portfolio of writing consisting either of 15 pages of poetry or 30 pages of prose.
For applicants whose native language is not English, a TOEFL score of 550 and a TWE of at least 5, or a MELAB of 85 are required.
For more information about applying to the MA program in English Literature and Language: Creative Writing Concentration, click here
Start your application to the MA program in English Literature and Language: Creative
Required Courses I (3 hours, select one of the following)
ENG 535 History of Literary Criticism
ENG 636 Seminar in Critical Problems
Required Courses II (3 hours, select one of the following)
ENG 545 Chaucer
ENG 570 Old English
ENG 672 Applied Linguistics in Written Communication
Required Courses III (3 hours, select one of the following)
ENG 601 Graduate Composition
ENG 602 Research Materials and Methods
Required Courses IV (3 hours)
One 600-level seminar in literature
Required Courses V (3 hours, select one of the following)
ENG 694 The Craft of Fiction
ENG 695 The Craft of Poetry
Thesis Requirement (6 hours)
ENG 799 Thesis
Other Requirements (6 hours, select one of the following)
ENG 691 Seminar in Writing Fiction 3-6(spec)
ENG 692 Seminar in Writing Poetry 3-6(spec)
Electives (3 hours)
Hours authorized by the advisor and planned with the student.
TOTAL: 30 credit hours
For more information about degree requirements, visit the CMU Academic Bulletins.
Creative Writing Program Website
For more information about the Master of Arts in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, please visit the Creative Writing program website.