Graduate Creative Writing | Department of English

Graduate Creative Writing

Creative writing at UNT is grounded in the conviction that writers need to be steeped in literary tradition and practice, and also need a thriving community of writers to challenge and encourage them. UNT has an accomplished faculty and a wide-ranging, talented and enthusiastic group of students who come together not just from within the borders of Texas, but from across the United States, even from other countries, to pursue Ph.D. and M.A. degrees focused on fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Recent students have published their work in some of the nation's top literary journals, including New England Review, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Missouri Review, The Paris Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review.

Our national journal, American Literary Review, gives students the chance to gain experience in literary publishing. We have an active student reading series, and our Visiting Writers Series brings prominent readers to campus each year. Students have the opportunity to have real conversations with our visitors during Q&A sessions, over dinner, and after readings. Recently, Colm Tóibín, Rick Barot, Claire Vaye Watkins, and Michael Ondaatje have all visited.

Apply to the program:

2023-24 Graduate Catalog link:

Department of English


Ph.D. in English with a concentration in creative writing

M.A. in creative writing

For general program information, please see the Graduate Handbook for English Students.