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What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

The Ph.D. is designed to be completed in five years. A minimum of 36 hours of coursework is required beyond the M.A. or M.F.A. with focus in Fiction; a minimum of 39 hours of coursework is required beyond the M.A. or M.F.A. with focus in Poetry.

Where will I take classes?

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: February 15
  • Spring: Does not admit
  • Summer: Does not admit

English, Ph.D., Creative Writing Concentration

Director of Creative Writing
Josh Russell
josh@gsu.edu

The Ph.D. program in English, Concentration in Creative Writing, is one of the top 15 in the U.S., as ranked by Poets & Writers. The program offers graduate students the opportunity to work closely with our award-winning faculty while living and writing in Atlanta, an international city with a vibrant literary culture.

Our students publish—recently with Random House, Algonquin Books, St Martin’s, Alice James Books, Bloomsbury, Anhinga Press and Louisiana State University Press—and win important prizes and fellowships, including the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, the Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from The Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Georgia Author of the Year Award.

Our faculty include Danielle Cadena Deulen, Beth Gylys, John Holman, Sheri Joseph and Josh Russell. Visiting writers & editors enrich the program by giving readings and leading workshops and Q&As.

Students may qualify for teaching assistantships, editorial assistantships and fellowships.

Program Details
  • A master’s degree in English or a closely related discipline from an accredited college or university;
  • A 10-20 page critical writing sample;
  • A portfolio including a minimum of 10 poems; or two or three works of fiction totaling no fewer than 30 and no more than 50 pages. One of the two or three fiction samples may be an excerpt of a longer work (novel, novella, etc.), and fiction samples may include short-short/flash fiction, but we ask that the applicant send at least one complete, stand-alone example of short fiction of 15 pages or more. The Portfolio should be uploaded to the “Writing Sample” section of the online application.

For application and admissions requirements, see the graduate catalog.

For fiction writers:

  • 12 hours of ENGL 8030 Fiction Writing
  • ENGL 8160 Form and Theory of Literary Craft in Fiction (3)
  • ENGL 8202 Contemporary Fiction Craft (3)
  • Three hours of courses in or strongly related to area of primary  specialty
  • ENGL 8160 Form and Theory of Literary Craft in Poetry (3)
  • Six hours of courses in or strongly related to area of secondary specialty
  • Three hours of language study, unless satisfied at M.A. level
  • Three hours of literary theory/critical methodology/cultural studies, unless satisfied at M.A. level

For poets:

  • Twelve hours of ENGL 8020 Poetry Writing
  • ENGL 8160 Form and Theory of Literary Craft in Poetry (3)
  • ENGL 8201 Contemporary Poetry (3)
  • ENGL 8203 20th-Century American and British Poetry Craft I (3)
  • ENGL 8160 Form and Theory of Literary Craft in Fiction (3)
  • Three hours of courses in or strongly related to area of primary specialty
  • Six hours of courses in or strongly related to area of secondary specialty
  • Three hours of language study, unless satisfied at M.A. level
  • Three hours of literary theory/ critical methodology/cultural studies, unless satisfied at M.A. level

For course requirements, see the graduate catalog.

We award a limited number of teaching assistantships to incoming Ph.D. students. These assistantships include a tuition waiver and stipend in exchange for teaching and additional professionalization activities (research assistantships, editorial assistantships, etc.). All applicants are considered for funding; no separate application is required.

When funding allows, we award to incoming Ph.D. and MFA Creative Writing students The Paul Bowles Fiction Fellowship, the Virginia Spencer Carr Prose Fellowship and several scholarships. There is no additional application for these fellowships and scholarships. All applicants are considered.

From 2003 to 2017, the Department of English has tracked employment data on 129 graduates of our Ph.D. program:

77% have faculty and/or administrative appointments at a 2- or 4-year college or university

9% are employed in private business or industry

6% are secondary or middle school teachers

5% have postdoctoral fellowships

1% are self-employed or work for the government or a nonprofit organization

Description

Careers

Alumni hold full-time positions at Texas A&M University, Spelman College, the University of Rhode Island, Norfolk State University, University of West Georgia, Augustana College, California Polytechnic University, Fort Lewis College, the Savannah College of Art and Design, and elsewhere.

Contacts

Director of Creative Writing
Josh Russell
josh@gsu.edu

 

Director of Graduate Studies
Tanya Caldwell
Professor, English
tmcaldwell@gsu.edu
404-413-5837

25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

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