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UW Master of Fine Arts Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary

April 2, 2015

The nationally recognized Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program is noting its 10th anniversary this week at the University of Wyoming.

The program was established when several UW English professors wanted to create a graduate opportunity for students to study creative writing. Now, the degree allows students fiction, poetry and nonfiction concentrations, and also to branch out in other areas, including Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) and gender studies.

Even though it is only 10 years old, the UW MFA program already has been noted as a top-tier national program. In 2012, Poets and Writers Magazine ranked UW’s program as the 30th best in the nation.

Students in the program take workshops and learn from professors, who are esteemed writers, including Beth Loffreda, Harvey Hix, Mark Jenkins, Kate Northrop and Brad Watson. All have been published in major publications or have received prestigious writing awards.

All students in the MFA program have the opportunity to teach freshmen composition, are funded equally, and are able to apply for grants that will further their creative goals.

Manasseh Franklin, a second-year, nonfiction and ENR student, traveled to Alaska last summer to explore and study glaciers.

To celebrate its 10th-year anniversary, the MFA program will have an invitation-only gathering Friday in the Wyoming Union Ballroom. Current students and faculty, as well as alumni, former instructors and directors of the program, will attend. Former UW professor and award-winning author John Edgar Wideman is the guest speaker.

For more information about the UW MFA in Creative Writing Program, call (307) 766-6453 or email

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