Creative Writing Program

Thank you for visiting The Graduate Program in Creative Writing in the Department of English at The University of Houston. As one of the leading cultural institutions in Texas and the Southwest, the Program offers poets, fiction writers, and non-fiction writers intensive training in both creative writing and literary studies.

The Program offers two graduate degrees:  the M.F.A. (with thesis) in a 3-year course of study; the Ph.D., Literature and Creative Writing, normally takes five years. With renowned faculty, excellent students, distinguished alumnae, and generous financial resources, the Program continues its 30 year tradition of offering an exhilarating creative and intellectual experience in Houston, Texas—the nation’s fourth largest and (we feel) most fascinating city.


UHCWP alumna Hannah Gamble is awarded a 2014 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships.

Poet and visual scholar Roberto Tejada joins the Creative Writing Program as the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing.

Creative Writing Program welcomes UHCWP alumna Audrey Colombe as Visiting Associate Professor in English and Creative Writing.

UHCWP alumna Nina McConigley is awarded the PEN/American Open Book Award.

UHCWP alumnus Ed Porter is awarded a Wallace Stegner Fellowship.

UHCWP alumnus Andrew Brininstool is awarded a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Prose.

UHCWP alumna Emily Fox Gordon is awarded a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship.

UHCWP alumna Kate Schmidt’s Singing Bones wins the Zone 3 Press 2013 Creative Nonfiction Book Award.

CWP Newsletter now online

Upcoming Literary Events

7:00 pm, October 3: Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Matthew Salesses, Allie Rowbottom, and Bryan Owens (Rudyard’s Pub, 2010 Waugh Drive)

7:00 pm, October 9: René Steinke reads from Friendswood at Brazos Bookstore (2421 Bissonnet St)

7:30 pm, October 13: Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Deborah Eisenberg & Antonya Nelson (Cullen Theater, Wortham Center, 501 Texas Avenue )

2:30 pm, October 15: Arte Público Presents Gwendolyn Zepeda, Houston’s Poet Laureate (Honors College Commons, MD Anderson Library)

5:30 pm, October 15, UH Poetry & Prose Reading Series featuring UHCWP Faculty Kevin Prufer, Martha Serpas, and Roberto Tejada (Honors College Commons, MD Anderson Library)

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