The Litowitz Creative Writing Graduate Program

Students study on the lakefill

The Litowitz Creative Writing Graduate Program
MFA+MA in Creative Writing and English

This new program offers intimate classes, the opportunity to pursue both creative and critical writing, and close mentorship by renowned faculty in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.  Our three-year curriculum gives students time to deepen both their creative writing and their study of literature.  Students will receive full support, for three academic years and two summers, to complete both degrees--an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English.

Drawing on innovative scholarship, deep immersion in process, and cross-pollination between critical and creative texts, students will complete a book-length thesis projects of their own design, either within or across genres, and a substantial essay on literary texts. The program's small size and attentive faculty will develop students' sense of literary context, while encouraging them to pursue the distinctiveness of their projects.

In addition to their studies, students will be guided in the teaching of creative writing and, through summer editorial work at TriQuarterly.org, the editing of a literary journal.

Students will pursue their work on our beautiful Evanston campus, amid artists, filmmakers, scholars and public intellectuals, with easy access to the vibrant literary arts scene of Chicago.

We will admit a cohort of four students for Fall 2018.
Apply for Fall 2018 in Poetry or Creative Nonfiction by 01/01/2018

Accepting applicants in Creative Nonfiction or Fiction for Fall 2019.

Accepting applicants in Fiction or Poetry for Fall 2020.

The Department of English is grateful to Northwestern University alumna Jennifer Leischner Litowitz ’91 and her husband, Alec Litowitz for helping launch and support this program.