Why WSU?

What makes Wichita State University's MFA program different?

  • Wichita State University students are able to hone their craft for a full three years.
  • All of our students are able to receive the same amount of funding so they don't have to compete with their classmates.
  • Our students are able to teach their first year. Many of our students graduate having taught three or four different classes.
  • Our students are eligible for multiple awards like the Barr Fellowship and the MFA Fellowship in Creative Writing.
  • Our students are entered into AWP awards and various school-wide and national scholarships.
  • Our Graduate Teaching Assistants lead classes in rhetoric and composition, basic and advanced skills for ESL students, and business writing.
  • Our students have the opportunity to pair up with alumni to receive one-on-one mentoring about post-MFA opportunities.
  • Unlike other programs, students in the MFA program at Wichita State University are encouraged to take classes in the "other" genre (poets can take fiction and nonfiction classes and fiction students can take poetry and nonfiction classes).
  • We keep our MFA class sizes small, so there are opportunities for one-on-one mentorship.
  • Our students are able to take one-on-one tutorials with visiting distinguished writers.
  • All of our students have opportunity to attend our Writing Now Reading Now reading series.

Recently, we've had readings by Nick Lantz, Gregory Orr, Ed Skoog, Kevin Brockmeier, Alice McDermott and Peter Behrens.

Mikrokosmos and mojo

Wichita State University is the home to Mikrokosmos and mojo, a literary journal that recently celebrated its 60th anniversary issue. Mikrokosmos has published poets like William Stafford, William S. Burroughs and Charles Plymell. Graduate students can work on everything from reading submissions to website design. Our journal features poetry, fiction, nonfiction and art. Feel free to look at our website at www.mikrokosmosjournal.com for more information.

Life After Wichita State University

Our graduates have gone on to become leaders, authors and business people. Some of our graduates work as creative writing program directors, chairs of creative writing programs, professors of composition, doctoral students at top creative writing programs, high school teachers, editors-in-chief of magazines, middle school teachers, tenured faculty and creators of MFA programs.