All of our full-time MFA students are fully funded with two-year graduate assistantships.
Currently, assistantships include a stipend of $12,078 per academic year, a tuition and fees waiver, and student health insurance.
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.
Laramie has an old-west charm but also a funky college-town feel: it's home to some fine independent bookstores and coffee shops, and the restaurant options include vegan (in addition to steak houses). Laramie was also recently named by Outside magazine as one of the 40 best college towns in the United States, and for good reason: the rugged mountains of the Snowies and the Medicine Bow National Forest to the east and west of town offer vast areas of public land and boundless opportunities for hiking, camping, trout fishing, mountain biking, and rock climbing.
Winters can be long and cold, but that’s all more reason to take up snowshoeing, skiing, ice skating, ice fishing, sledding, or curling (or hunker down in the first-rate gym on campus).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.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). Second-year students receive a week-long writing retreat at the Shortgrass Steppe station in Northern Colorado, funded by the MFA.We also actively seek other opportunities for our students once they've arrived in the program, and we regularly collaborate with students on grant applications for research, travel, and writing support.The UW MFA program also hopes to foster diverse publishing projects dreamed up and sustained by our students on their own terms.We invite our students to ask: what kind of audience do you wish existed for your work, or for the work of other writers, or for the subjects that you believe deeply matter?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.