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Written Word Comes to Life Through Animated Short Film
Kyle Dargan, director of American University’s MFA Creative Writing Program, has received many accolades for his poetry collection Honest Engine (University of Georgia Press, 2015). It was a finalist…
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The 10 Best Works of Literature Set in DC
Our location in Washington, DC is central to our identity as an MFA program. Our students explore some of the world’s best literary organizations and activities – and find quiet spaces to write and…
Publish Your Work: Insights from Arielle Bernstein
Publish Your Work: Insights from Arielle Bernstein
Arielle Bernstein graduated from the AU MFA in Creative Writing in 2009 with a mixed-genre thesis, and she has now joined us as a professorial lecturer. Arielle’s career – with wide publication…
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How Do Poets Make a Living?
As Robert Graves put it, “There is no money in poetry, but there is no poetry in money, either.” Poets don’t pursue poetry for the cash, but the truth is that we all have to make rent and buy…
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5 Accomplished Writers You’ll Connect with at AU
We are proud of our accomplished creative writing faculty, whose achievements include acclaimed publications, national awards and reputations for excellence. There has been a lot of great work published…
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An Interview with Valzhyna Mort, Poet & AU Graduate
When poet Valzhyna Mort arrived at AU as a student, she already had several accomplishments behind her. She had published a collection of poetry, Factory of Tears, in the United States and in Belarus,…
New Tracks in the Creative Writing Program
New Tracks in the Creative Writing MFA
The Creative Writing Program is pleased to introduce a slight change: the addition of tracks of study in the MFA that will help our students clarify their goals and prepare for their post-MFA lives.   What…
Get Your MFA in Creative Writing at American University
5 Reasons to Get Your MFA in Creative Writing
Looking to connect with a community of writers? American University offers the only MFA in creative writing in the District. You'll find lawyers, journalists, poets and authors collaborating in workshops…
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4 Tips for Writing a Successful Personal Statement
A promising creative manuscript is the key to a successful MFA program application. But, as the admissions committee reads applications, they know they are selecting more than good writers: they are also…
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Join Us: A Literary Evening with a Cause
We hope you’ll join us on January 27 for our Annual Faculty Benefit Reading, the only MFA faculty group reading of the year. We’re supporting an excellent cause: the important wok of 826DC—and…
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5 Podcasts All Writers Should Know About
Podcasts carry value for writers that goes well beyond entertainment. They highlight poetry readings. Author interviews. Vivid narratives. Not just a writer’s goldmine, podcasts are also a platform…
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6 Places to Write & Get Inspired in Washington, DC
Written by Creative Writing Program Staff Most of a writer’s work is solitary, but that doesn’t mean it can’t occur in the city’s most vibrant locations. Whether you’re seeking a quiet location…
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6 Literary Organizations & Activities for DC Writers
Washington, DC, and the surrounding areas are home to wide networks of writers, with varying skill levels and interests, and to several organizations eager to connect. Find microphones and stages ready…
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5 Non-Teaching Career Paths for MFA Grads
While some creative writing MFA graduates pursue academic teaching posts, plenty of writers also apply their talents to other rewarding career paths. Our AU MFA grads find success in a range of fields…
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7 Great Writers You Didn’t Know Lived in DC
While the presence of the nation’s capital certainly characterizes Washington, DC, culture, there’s more to the city than that: Several great writers have made their homes here over the years. In New…
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Supporting Yourself While Pursuing Your MFA
Given Washington, DC’s, reputation for having a high cost of living, prospective students sometimes wonder how to make their finances work while pursuing an MFA. Through a mix of careful spending choices,…
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Authorpreneurship Defined
What It Means to Be a Writer in Today’s World For writers focused on creative work, talk about the “business” of writing can feel like a distraction at best and, at worst, like a betrayal of our…