• Success and Outcomes

    Success Ellen Hagan
  • Each year, alumni of the MFA program write, edit, and publish an average of 40 books. Alumni also publish a large number of essays, poems, and short stories in literary journals and magazines. Along with being published writers, our graduates go on to become celebrated teachers, editors, publishers, and media professionals. They are attuned to the effects of technology on traditional literature and the new ways readers experience storytelling.

  • Alumni Bookshelf

    In the past five years, graduates of the MFA in Creative Writing Program have published nearly 200 books. These publications span a wide array of genres and have been released by major publishing houses as well as small presses. Here is a selection of recent titles.

    • Sunshine State book cover

      Sunshine State

      Sarah Gerard, MFA '12
      New York Times Critics Best Books of the Year
    • Sweetbitter book cover

      Sweetbitter

      Stephanie Danler, MFA '14
      Adapted into TV series for Starz
    • To All the Boys Ive Loved Before book cover

      To All the Boys I've Loved Before

      Jenny Han, MFA '05
      Adapted into Netflix original movie
    • Blue Hallelujah

      Blue Hallelujahs

      Cynthia Manick, MFA '07
      Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry
    • The Thirteenth Balloon

      The Thirteenth Balloon

      Mark Bibbins, MFA '99
      Forthcoming 2020, Copper Canyon Press
  • Success Stories

    Interviews and profiles of our alumni community.

  • Career Paths

    Alumni of the Creative Writing Program include:

    • Alysia Abbott (Nonfiction ’03), author of the acclaimed memoir Fairyland and director of the Boston Literary District
    • Jennifer Benka (Poetry ’07), poet and executive director of the Academy of American Poets
    • Christopher Beha (Fiction ’06), author and senior editor at Harper’s Magazine
    • Coe Booth (Writing for Children and Young Adults ’06), author of Tyrell, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature 
    • Kacen Callender (Writing for Children and Young Adults ’14) author of Hurricane Child, winner of the Stonewall Book Award from the American Library Association 
    • Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra (Writing for Children and Young Adults ’12), co-authors of the acclaimed YA series Tiny Pretty Things and co-founders of Cake Literary
    • Stephanie Danler (Fiction ’13), executive producer and writer of the television series Sweetbitter
    • Safia Elhillo (Poetry ’15), recipient of a 2019 Stegner Fellowship in Poetry 
    • Jenny Han (Writing for Children and Young Adults ’05), writer and executive producer of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
    • Sarah Gerard (Fiction ’12) author of Sunshine State, a New York Times Critics’ Best Books of the Year
    • Sean Manning (Fiction ’03), senior editor, Simon & Schuster
    • Patricia McCormick (Writing for Children and Young Adults ’99), two-time National Book Award Finalist 
    • Sufjan Stevens (Fiction ’00), Academy Award-winning singer-writer
    • Simone White (Poetry ’06), 2017 Whiting Award winner

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