Blackbird readers, friends, & contributors: we want to share with you the following note that Kathy Graber, Director of Creative Writing in the VCU Department of English, recently sent out to the MFA program’s friends and alumni.
As the time approaches for many aspiring writers to refine their lists of the MFA programs to which they will ultimately apply, I am hoping to take only a moment of your time to ask you to consider encouraging qualified candidates to take a careful look at our three-year MFA program at Virginia Commonwealth University.
As the result of a recent generous gift, we are now positioned to offer a full class of new students competitive, fully funded teaching assistantships. Our program not only has concentrations in poetry and fiction, but we are also currently inviting applications from writers who would like to pursue dual genres, including secondary options in creative non-fiction and screenwriting.
In addition to studying with our deeply engaged, award-winning faculty, all students in our program are given the opportunity to teach a multi-genre creative writing class and to intern for our groundbreaking online journal Blackbird. Graduate students in our program also play an active role in the administration and screening of our two annual national book awards, The Cabell First Novelist Award and The Levis Reading Prize in Poetry.
Richmond is a fun, affordable city with a vibrant cultural community, and VCU has recently been named one of the “hippest” colleges in America. Our program has just celebrated its 30th anniversary, and our alumni are publishing exciting new work.
I believe that we have something very special here. Please consider adding our program to the list of those you suggest highly qualified potential MFA students explore.
Director of Creative Writing
VCU Department of English
Funded students who intern for Blackbird for two semesters in their first year are eligible to apply for the esteemed position of Blackbird Associate Editor; they may also be considered for copyediting, pagebuilding, or media production editorships.
Applications to the VCU English MFA in Creative Writing Program are due February 1; candidates are encouraged to get assistantship applications in even earlier. More information is available at the link below.
We know our share of Kathy Graber’s message is close to deadline, but we trust you may know some students who are already applying to MFA programs and have application materials at the ready.
And thanks, as always, for your continued support of Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts.