The answer can include the creation of a wide range of publishing activities: journals, blogs, websites, etc.
In building these projects from the ground up, students (individually or in collaboration) gain experience that joining an already-existing magazine doesn't necessarily cultivate.
Are there opportunities for MFA students to work with magazines, presses, or other publications?
Interested students will have opportunities to work with Essay Press and The Conversant, both newly arrived to UW, under the direction of faculty member Andy Fitch.
We also love working with writers who identify strongly with only one genre. For applicants interested in more than one genre, here are some guidelines: if you feel comfortable identifying a primary concentration for your application, then please send us a writing sample in that genre, and include in the personal statement a discussion of your secondary interests as well your primary one.
If you wish to be considered in two primary areas of concentration, please contact the program directly for instructions regarding the writing sample.Beyond assistantships and summer stipends, we offer a range of other benefits.Each student in our program has access to several hundred dollars of support for travel, publication, research, and other needs each year.To support students who wish to pursue such publishing opportunities, the program allows students to earn coursework credit (through the MFA Project) as they work, and to tap MFA student support funds.Previous students created the MFA Blog and the online fiction publication The Other Room, for example.Further information about graduate assistantships is available in the MFA graduate handbook.Contact our director, Brad Watson, with any other funding-related questions. We expect to accept 3 to 4 students in each area-- fiction and nonfiction--but this may vary in a given year, depending upon the applicant pool, range of genre interest, acceptance rates in the year before, and funding levels. Faculty members in your genre review all the parts of your application package. Be certain to include writing that you not only feel is your finest, but also representative of the kind of writing that you want to continue pursuing here.Tell me about the MFA program's partnership with the Ucross Foundation. When possible the UW MFA invites Eminent Writers in Residence to join our work.The MFA program collaborates with the Ucross Foundation to bring Ucross residents to Laramie for readings and events with MFA students, to place MFA students in internships and community-outreach projects. The first Eminent Writer in Residence, for the year 2007-08, was Terry Tempest Williams; the second, for the 2008-09 year, was Joy Williams. Jones, Philip Gourevitch, Claudia Rankine, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Jan Zwicky, Robert Bringhurst, Rebecca Solnit, Colson Whitehead, John D’Agata, Ed Roberson, Maggie Nelson, Mark Nowak, Bhanu Kapil, and Nam Le.Last year we were delighted to be joined by Jennifer Moxley.Holders of the residency in the future will continue to include distinguished writers from all three genres (fiction, nonfiction, poetry).