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7 pm. Monday, Sept. 24th, 2018 Mulva Auditorium (EER) Edward P. Jones is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2003 novel The Known World. He… Read more
Don’t miss this chance to hear award-winning author Michael Ondaatje read selections from his latest novel, Warlight, which tells the dramatic story of two teenagers… Read more
7pm Thursday, November 15th Mulva Auditorium (EERC) The Michener Center is thrilled to present a reading by Robert Hass. From 1995 to 1997, he served… Read more
7pm Thursday, November 29, 2018 Mulva Auditorium (EERC) Yiyun Li is the author of the memoir Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You… Read more
Our MFA candidates have come from places as varied as western India, South Korea, eastern Europe, and northern Idaho. Their backgrounds and experiences are equally diverse, and the pages they produce are likewise unique and uniquely vital. We aren’t seeking writers of any particular aesthetic, but rather we are looking for writers whose work is distinct, urgent, and arresting.
Students are typically enrolled in three courses each fall and spring; there are no summer classes. Our students often travel in the summer, using professional development funds that Michener Center provides. The 54-hour degree plan includes workshops and “studies” courses in each writer’s genres, flexible supporting coursework, and a thesis in the primary field of concentration.
The Michener Center aims to be an inclusive, inspiring, and invigorating community where writers feel safe and supported to take chances on the page. We are extremely proud that there is no hierarchy here—all students receive equal funding—and we firmly believe that our egalitarian approach fosters a higher level of work that more competitive environments suppress.
We receive close to 1000 applications annually for twelve seats in our program. Our current acceptance rate is less than one-half of 1% in fiction, and between 2% and 3% for the other genres.
We only accept full-time, in-residence candidates for our three-year program. There is no low-residency or part-time option.
To ensure both continuity and fresh perspectives, the Michener Center faculty is built with fixed and moving parts. Writers from UT’s departments of English, Theatre and Dance, and Radio-Television-Film comprise our resident faculty, and each year we also welcome a diverse roster of visiting faculty. That our faculty members—resident and visiting—are as passionate about their teaching as they are their writing is of the utmost importance. Like our students, our faculty afford the program a wealth of varied experience, an abiding sense of shared enterprise, and deep commitment to the making of literary art. For more on our outstanding faculty in each genre, visit our Faculty page.