Welcome to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Program in Creative Writing. We offer courses in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and playwriting to students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Since 1986, we have also been host to the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing’s post-graduate fellowships, which provide top emerging writers a year to develop their craft.
Though officially founded in 1978 by professor and poet Ron Wallace, the Program in Creative Writing has been around for almost as long as the Department of English; over the years our students and faculty have included such distinguished writers as Jean Toomer, Eudora Welty, Delmore Schwartz, Wallace Stegner, Saul Bellow, Lorraine Hansberry, James Merrill, Gwendolyn Brooks, Joyce Carol Oates, Anthony Doerr, Lorrie Moore, Lauren Groff, Amaud Jamaul Johnson, and Danez Smith. Our MFA is top ranked and includes many published alums; nearly all of our post-graduate fellows go on to publish acclaimed first books; and our undergraduates attend some of the most competitive creative writing graduate programs in the country.
As an extension of its educational mission, the Program in Creative Writing aims to be the center of literary life in the Madison area. Our students, fellows, and graduates get involved in many campus and local writing-related happenings, including Division of the Arts programming, engagement with the University of Wisconsin Press through our book prizes, community outreach via the Wisconsin Prison Humanities Project, and an abundance of literary events through our partnership with the Wisconsin Book Festival and other local venues such as the Watershed Reading Series at Arts + Literature Laboratory and Madison’s independent bookstores A Room of One’s Own and Mystery to Me. For a calendar of upcoming readings and literary events, stay tuned to our events page.
We’ve done our best to ensure that all of your questions are answered on this website. If you do not find the answers you need, however, please direct your questions to the appropriate staff and faculty members:
- For further info about the undergraduate course of study, contact Undergraduate Program Coordinator Ron Kuka.
- Inquiries regarding the MFA in Creative Writing may be directed to email@example.com.
- Questions about our post-graduate fellowships and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For general inquiries or information regarding upcoming events, please contact MFA and Institute Programs Administrator Sean Bishop.
Porter Shreve, Director of Creative Writing
Program in Creative Writing, Dept. of English
600 N. Park St, H.C. White Rm 6195
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI 53706