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Creative Writing at Boise State

Undergraduate Creative Writing

Beginning in the fall of 2018, undergraduate students at Boise State University can major in Creative Writing for the very first time. 

Come study with our award-winning MFA faculty. New classes include The Writer’s Life, Reading as a Writer, The Writer’s Studio, Fundamentals of Narrative, and The Art of the Sentence. Recent form and theory classes have focused on poetics, graphic novels, speculative fiction, screenwriting, and novel writing. We also offer classes in publishing and editing, where students work on The Idaho Review.

MFA in Creative Writing

The MFA Program in Creative Writing offers degree tracks in fiction and poetry, emphasizing the art and craft of literary writing and concentrating on the student’s written work. Close work with faculty and visiting writers is encouraged through seminars, conferences, and classroom interaction during the three-year course, the third year of which is normally devoted to thesis preparation.

Students who intend to pursue a career in teaching literature and writing at the college level have the opportunity to study the pedagogy of creative writing. Also offered are classes in the craft of literary publishing, with coursework in both the production of a literary annual The Idaho Review and of books for a small press Ahsahta Press; internships and graduate assistantships are also available with these publishers. The program also publishes Free Poetry, featuring essays and poetry from today’s leading poets.

Joy Williams, our MFA program’s 2017 Visiting Distinguished Writer, in Ketchum, Idaho, outside Ernest Hemingway’s house. Photo Credit: Natalie Disney.

News & Announcements

  • On June 12th, 2019, Assistant Professor of Fiction Emily Ruskovich was announced as the winner of the 2019 InternationalDUBLIN Literary Award for her novel Idaho The Award is organized and sponsored by Dublin City Council and at €100,000 is the world’s largest prize for a single novel published in English.
  • Poetry Professor Martin Corless-Smith’s has a poetry collection forthcoming in September 2019. “Odious Horizons: Some Versions of Horace” will be published by Miami University Press. The poems ransack and revive Horace for our contemporary world. Corless-Smith also had a collection of poetry, The Fool and The Bee, published by Shearsman Books in December 2018.
  • Third-year MFA fiction student Mary Lowry’s second novel, THE ROXY LETTERS, sold to Simon & Schuster and will be released spring 2020.
  • Assistant Professor of Fiction Emily Ruskovich was named as a finalist for the Dylan Thomas International Prize, one of the premiere fiction prizes for an author under 39.
  • MFA graduate Michael McKee Green will begin a PhD in Poetry and Poetics at the University of Rochester in fall 2019.
  • Poetry faculty member Kerri Webster’s newest collection of poetry, The Trailhead, was released by Wesleyan University Press in March 2018.