MFA Program in Creative Writing at The Ohio State University

OSU MFA Students 2014-2015

MFA Classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016

About the Creative Writing Program at OSU

OSU's writing program is unparalleled in its commitment to the success of its students, and the enthusiastic mutual support of both current students and alumni is legion. Everyone in the OSU creative writing family celebrates each new success as if it were his or her own.

We are a flourishing community of writers committed to art and craft of writing.  Our program is made up of six in-residence faculty and approximately forty-five graduate students.  The faculty teach at all levels of the curriculum; graduate student TAs teach introductory and intermediate undergraduate creative writing courses.

We offer workshops in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction for undergraduate and graduate students.  The MFA program, launched in 1992, is a three-year, fully funded program of study.  Our graduate students normally teach two classes a year--one in autumn and one in spring--and also have the opportunity to work as editors of OSU's prize-winning, nationally distributed literary magazine, The Journal.  The undergraduate creative writing minor, launched in 2008, offers the opportunity for Ohio State undergrads majoring in any field to take a concentration of courses in creative writing; English majors may opt to write a creative thesis--a substantial work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction.

Course offerings, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, are varied and numerous.  Special topics graduate workshops (in the long poem, in free verse, in characterization, in humor writing, and so on) and special topics undergraduate honors seminars (in music and creative writing, in retellings and responses, etc.) as well as special topics intermediate-level undergrad workshops--often taught by MFA students--in such subjects as literary journalism, the art of revision, and the writing of fairy tales, ensure that in addition to "regular" workshops, opportunities abound for experimentation.  Our graduate program includes coursework designed for "crossing over"--poetry workshops, for example, for MFA fiction writers or essayist with little experience writing poems--and "forms" classes in prosody, the novel, memoir, novellas (etc.).  Many students also elect to study playwriting as an elective in the Department of Theatre; many pursue the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in the Fine Arts (GISFA).  Ohio State's size and breadth present our students with the chance to explore many disciplines that enrich their study and practice of creative writing.

We encourage you to explore our website for more information about all aspects of our program. For specific questions, please contact

Kathy Fagan Grandinetti, Director
Creative Writing Program

MFA Faculty Books 2016

Recent MFA Faculty Books:  Sycamore by Kathy Fagan; Drown Sever Sing by Lina Maria Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas; Devotion by Michelle Herman; Neighborhood Register by Marcus Jackson; Late One Night by Lee Martin