MFA Program Information
The Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at The Ohio State University is designed to help graduate students develop to the fullest their talents and abilities as writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Creative writing classes are conducted as workshops or tutorials, and there are numerous opportunities for related study both within and beyond the Department of English. All students are fully funded for three years in a program that is well known for its sense of community and a faculty that is as committed to teaching as to their own writing.
The current stipend for MFAs with teaching appointments (one course each semester) is roughly $15,500 for the nine-month academic year (along with the stipend comes a fee authorization, which means you do not have to pay tuition, the current value of which is $11,704 for Ohio residents and $29,016 for non-residents). Fellows (who do not teach during their first year in the program) are granted a $20,000 stipend for the twelve-month academic year (fellows teach during their second and third years). All MFA students also receive access to student health insurance. (For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions page for current students in the program.)
At the 2013 One Story Literary Debutante Ball in Brooklyn: "debs" Claire Vaye Watkins (OSU MFA 2011) and Doug Watson (OSU MFA 2007)--fourth and fifth from left, front row--escorted into the ballroom (and into literary society) by their respective mentors: Chris Coake (OSU MFA 2004)--on left, back row--who was Claire's undergraduate creative writing prof at U of Nevada, Reno--and OSU MFA Director of Creative Writing Michelle Herman (third from left, bottom row). Boosting the OSU MFA presence at the ball: One Story Editor Will Allison (OSU MFA 1994) and O magazine Editor Deborah Way (OSU MFA 1994), who are married (and met as grad students)--first row, left--plus Claire's and Doug's fiances, Derek Palacio (OSU MFA 2011, back row right) and Michelle Burke (OSU MFA 2007, front row far right). (Sometimes we think of OSU as a matchmaking program as much as it is a creative writing program. Stay tuned for more photos of matches made at OSU.)