American poet and memoirist Mark Doty (MFA ‘80), a Goddard College alumnus and former faculty member, received the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008.
Cara Hoffman (MFA ’09) is the author of the novels Be Safe I Love You (Simon & Schuster, 2014) and So Much Pretty (Simon & Schuster, 2012).
Creative writing can technically be considered any writing of original composition. In this sense, creative writing is a more contemporary and process-oriented name for what has been traditionally called literature , including the variety of its genres. In her work, Foundations of Creativity , Mary Lee Marksberry references Paul Witty and Lou LaBrant’s Teaching the People''''s Language to define creative writing. Marksberry notes:
Creative writing is considered by some academics (mostly in the USA) to be an extension of the English discipline, even though it is taught around the world in many languages. The English discipline is traditionally seen as the critical study of literary forms, not the creation of literary forms. Some academics see creative writing as a challenge to this tradition. In the UK and Australia, as well as increasingly in the USA and the rest of the world, creative writing is considered a discipline in its own right, not an offshoot of any other discipline.
The University of Denver also wins the award for best financial support for its online master’s degree in creative writing. On DU.edu , students can research tuition costs, types of financial aid available, how to apply, eligibility and university policies, and how to understand student loans and financial aid, once they’ve received their awards. Also in this section of the website, UD addresses frequently asked questions and offers advice about how to repay loans and exit counseling, once a student’s degree is complete.
The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) wins the award for best online master’s degree in creative writing for alumni engagement. On the Alumni Relations web page of UTEP.edu, alumni can discover available alumni resources, connect and interact with fellow alums, via the alumni newsletter, the online news center, or “Miners on the Move.” Joining the UTEP alumni association means unique benefits for alums, including access to select campus facilities, as well as discounts on many local services.
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The program was recently named the recipient of a major grant establishing 2 Knight Fellowships in Creative Writing yearly. Recipients receive an annual stipend of $15,500 and are selected from among the pool of all applicants for Teaching Assistantships within the program.