MA in Innovative Writing at University at Buffalo

MA in Innovative Writing at University at Buffalo UB's MA in Innovative Writing presents a unique form of graduate study in creative writing, intertwining writing with literary & aesthetic inquiries.

OUR DEGREE Graduate students who enroll in our one-year program earn an MA in English in addition to a Certificate in Innovative Writing. Certificate students register for writing workshops, literature seminars, and write a creative thesis. Our unique MA degree can be particularly useful for students who are interested in enhancing their writing portfolios and/or their critical and literary backgrounds before applying to MFA and PhD programs. The MA in English is greatly valued as a continuing degree—a step toward future graduate study—as well as a credential for writing related careers.

Mission: The MA Certificate in Innovative Writing offered by the English Department at the University at Buffalo presents a unique form of graduate study in creative writing, closely intertwining the practice of writing with literary and aesthetic inquiries. The goal of our program is to create a collaborative space in which we reflect on the ethical and political implications of creative writing within the matrix of global citizenship; tease out evident and obscured connections between contemporary and historical texts; consider how aesthetic concerns are inflected by various systems of power; and create rigorous, sensuous, contentious—above all, evocative—forms of writing that embody imaginative and forward-thinking strategies. Our hope is to create an environment in which new forms of writing will flourish. Poetry. Fiction. Hybrid forms. Digital and electronic media. However innovation takes place. Informed by UB’s long history of innovation in the arts, the writing workshops and literature seminars in the MA Certificate in Innovative Writing arise from our faculty’s shared belief that writing engages with—and intervenes in—the worlds we inhabit as much as the identities we pose and perform; that writing is a situation layered by critical examination, inventive thought, wild speculation, complex, often paradoxical feelings, multiple, entangled media platforms and social circuits, differing perceptions of time, and an ongoing translation of languages, as much as people and cultures. Our MA Certificate invites you to view writing as an investigative, exploratory process in its own right: a mode of inquiry that, at its best, can articulate and rearticulate diverse experiences of 21st century culture, and unearth, perhaps even overturn, our most foundational thoughts—freeing them for profound imaginative work. OUR COMMUNITY Students in the MA in Innovative Writing Certificate program immerse themselves in a mentorship community of faculty and students that begins with each student and their work. Our aim is to create a culture of writing activated by conversations with a cohort of fellow thinkers and makers, to offer our writers conditions where they can begin to write what they might not have been able to write alone. Above all, to give students skills to keep on writing long after they leave the formal space of the workshop. Workshops and seminars in the MA in Innovative Writing program are enhanced by the MA and PhD communities at the University at Buffalo and the English Department’s distinctive Poetics Plus and Exhibit X Fiction Series whose internationally renowned and award-winning guests include (among many others): Caroline Bergvall, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Mary Caponegro, Miles Champion, Robert Coover, Kathryn Davis, Lydia Davis, Samuel R. Delany, Brian Evenson, Percival Everett, Renee Gladman, Lyn Hejinian, Yunte Huang, Laird Hunt, Susan Howe, Shelley Jackson, Tan Lin, Nathaniel Mackey, Ben Marcus, Carole Maso, Bernadette Mayer, Tom McCarthy, Fred Moten, Lisa Robertson, Juliana Spahr, Lynne Tillman, Steve Tomasula, Cecilia Vicuna, Rosmarie Waldrop, and Diane Williams.

Amazing opportunity for an emerging writer....
10/22/2018
One Story - Adina Talve-Goodman Fellowship

Amazing opportunity for an emerging writer....

Together with the Talve-Goodman Family, One Story is happy to announce the Adina Talve-Goodman Fellowship. This educational fellowship will offer a year-long mentorship on the craft of fiction writing with One Story magazine. Our hope is to give a writer outside of the fold a significant boost in th...

Check this out everyone...an amazing opportunity to work with one of the best presses in the country.
04/07/2018
Graywolf Press - Graywolf Press Citizen Literary Fellowship

Check this out everyone...an amazing opportunity to work with one of the best presses in the country.

Graywolf Press seeks to increase access to publishing by offering a paid, ten-month Citizen Literary Fellowship. Opportunity Summary The Citizen Literary Fellowship is a paid, comprehensive fellowship over ten months designed to support a person who is interested in learning more about the publishin...

Last day to submit to Disquiet....
02/09/2018
The DISQUIET Prize - Disquiet International

Last day to submit to Disquiet....

The 2018 DISQUIET Prize is now open for entries! Contest winners in the categories of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction will have their winning work published in North America’s leading publications. Additionally, one grand prize winner will receive a full fellowship (airfare stipend, tuition, and ...

.....and Fence is open for business again. Deadline 3/31
02/06/2018
Fence Submission Manager

.....and Fence is open for business again.
Deadline 3/31

Fence will be accepting submissions during an open submission window from February 1 through March 31 2018. Submissions will be accepted in the categories of Poetry, Fiction, and Other. Please note that in 2017, Fence modified its submission guidelines, so even if you have submitted to Fence in ...

Always a good place to submit at SUNY Geneseo...Deadline 2/23.
02/06/2018
- Gandy Dancer

Always a good place to submit at SUNY Geneseo...
Deadline 2/23.

Vol. 6 | No. 1 Masthead | Letter from the Editors | Purchase Gandy Dancer in Print! Cover by Shauna Ricketts

Tupelo Quarterly
11/29/2017
Tupelo Quarterly

Tupelo Quarterly

Submissions for the TQ14 Prose Open Contest close on December 1st! Send us your very best prose poems, flash fictions, short stories, lyric essays, novel excerpts, and hybrid texts. Winner receives $500, and all entries are considered for publication in Tupelo Quarterly!

The Iowa Review
11/29/2017
The Iowa Review

The Iowa Review

Only three days left in our Fall Open Reading Period. Don't miss out on the opportunity to have your work read and considered. Click the link below to get started!

11/09/2017

Via Ira Sukrungruang—
Retweeted Anne H. Stevens (@ahstevens1):

UNLV's English department is offering a new PhD fellowship for the critical study of nonfiction prose (any era), sponsored by @BlackMtnInst. Stipend is $26,500 for 4-5 years, with an opportunity to work on @believermag. Please send great applicants our way!

Exhibit X Fiction Series
11/06/2017

Exhibit X Fiction Series

Tonight! Edie Meidav reads for Exhibit X Fiction. Hallwalls, 7pm. Join us!

Called an "American original" by The Daily Beast, Edie Meidav is the author of Kingdom of the Young, as well as The Far Field: A Novel of Ceylon, Crawl Space, and Lola, California. Recipient of a Lannan Fellowship, a Howard Fellowship, the Kafka Prize for Best Fiction by an American woman, the Bard Fiction Prize and other citations, Meidav is a senior editor at Conjunctions. She teaches in the UMass Amherst MFA program.

You can read her story “Catullus” here: https://www.guernicamag.com/edie-meidav-catullus/

Thursday November 9: Check out these publishing workshops the department is running next week. Discuss careers in publis...
11/02/2017

Thursday November 9: Check out these publishing workshops the department is running next week. Discuss careers in publishing. And meet with an editor and agent about getting published yourself. Good stuff. Be there!

Looking for a review publication? Denver Quarterly has some ARC's for you to consider....
10/31/2017

Looking for a review publication? Denver Quarterly has some ARC's for you to consider....

Denver Quarterly has books for you to review! Check out available titles below. (Note, this is not a guarantee of future review publication.)

Black Ocean's ms reading period--exclusively poetry this year--ends in a few days.
10/27/2017
Black Ocean

Black Ocean's ms reading period--exclusively poetry this year--ends in a few days.

Reminder: Our open reading period ends October 31st! We are exclusively considering first poetry collections this year, and there is *no reading fee*. Send us your brilliant, transgressive, undiscovered work!

Poetry and Prose Contests at Tupelo. Deadline: Dec 1
10/24/2017
Tupelo Quarterly

Poetry and Prose Contests at Tupelo. Deadline: Dec 1

We're thrilled to announce a poetry competition open to all styles, judged by the inimitable Denise Duhamel! Winner receives $500, and all entries are considered for publication in our next issue, TQ14. We look forward to reading your work!

Poetry and Prose Contests at Tupelo. Deadline: Dec 1
10/24/2017
Tupelo Quarterly

Poetry and Prose Contests at Tupelo. Deadline: Dec 1

Announcing a competition open to all prose forms, judged by Nick Flynn! Send us your best flash fictions, hybrid texts, lyric essays, short stories, novel excerpts, and more. We look forward to reading your work!

Some great advice here from a mix of writers. Check it out.
09/24/2017
Literary Hub

Some great advice here from a mix of writers. Check it out.

J.K. Rowling, George Saunders, Neil Gaiman on how if at first you don't succeed, revise revise REVISE.

Pulitzer prize nominee Kelly Link will be in town tomorrow April 12 via Exhibit X Fiction: Join us...7:00pm. Hallwalls! ...
04/12/2017

Pulitzer prize nominee Kelly Link will be in town tomorrow April 12 via Exhibit X Fiction: Join us...7:00pm. Hallwalls! Always free and open to the public.

KELLY LINK is the author of the collections Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, Pretty Monsters, and Get in Trouble. Her short stories have been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She and Gavin J. Grant have co-edited a number of anthologies, including multiple volumes of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and, for young adults, Steampunk! and Monstrous Affections. She is the co-founder of Small Beer Press and co-edits the occasional zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. Get in Trouble was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Fiction.

Writing/editing job in Buffalo.
07/02/2016
CannonDesign Hiring Communications Managers

Writing/editing job in Buffalo.

I’m very excited to announce that CannonDesign is looking to hire two communications managers in either our Chicago or Buffalo offices. In addition to having insanely awesome writing and editing

Congratulations to MA in Innovative Writing student, John W Bateman, who has won the Elena Zastawnik Award for Best Writ...
05/27/2016
The Bench Project: Lost and Found

Congratulations to MA in Innovative Writing student, John W Bateman, who has won the Elena Zastawnik Award for Best Written Film at the 2016 Magnolia Film Festival. You can watch the film here: https://vimeo.com/121526659. Keep the awards coming!

What's lost when things are found? Two widows find out when Bertha discovers a locked box in a closet. Featuring Elaine Barrow and Barbara Malley www.thebenchproject.tv

The Masters Review
05/15/2016
The Masters Review

The Masters Review

Our Short Story Award for New Writers is now OPEN. Submit your best piece of fiction for a chance at $2000, publication, and agency review from three top literary agents. Details here: http://bit.ly/1OurzZn

It's in Portland but.....
05/14/2016
Literary Arts

It's in Portland but.....

We're hiring two full-time positions in our Development department! Applications are due by Thursday, May 26, and will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Spread the word!

MA in Innovative Writing at University at Buffalo's cover photo
05/04/2016

MA in Innovative Writing at University at Buffalo's cover photo

The Rolling Admissions period for UB's MA in English/Innovative Writing Program has just opened! At UB, students earn a ...
02/02/2016
Department of English

The Rolling Admissions period for UB's MA in English/Innovative Writing Program has just opened!

At UB, students earn a MA in English while concentrating on creative writing based courses and work with terrific faculty: Myung Mi Kim, Judith Goldman, Christina Milletti, Dimitri Anastasopoulos, Steve McCaffery, and Nnedi Okorafor!

For more information:http://www.buffalo.edu/cas/english.html

Apply Today: http://www.gradmit.buffalo.edu/etw/ets/et.asp?nxappid=GRA&nxmid=getpublicapplicationsite

Many thanks to the Babel Series for collaborating with our MA English/Innovative Writing program on a special meeting wi...
10/20/2015

Many thanks to the Babel Series for collaborating with our MA English/Innovative Writing program on a special meeting with Claudia Rankine and our students before the reading!

Claudia Rankine comes to Just Buffalo Literary Center's BABEL series this Friday night at Kleinhans. Rankine is one of the most sought-after writers & her critically-acclaimed book, Citizen, is fearless in its grappling with race & violence in 21st century America. You don't want to miss this powerful event!

One week away! Join us for the first Exhibit X Fiction Series event of the season...Thursday, Sep 24, 7:00 pm, Hallwalls...
09/17/2015

One week away!
Join us for the first Exhibit X Fiction Series event of the season...
Thursday, Sep 24, 7:00 pm, Hallwalls
Free & Open to the Public...always.

09/01/2015

It's going to be a great year in Buffalo!
Many thanks to the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences for supporting our proposal to bring Shelley Jackson to campus several times this year to meet with, and work with, our graduate Innovative Writing students, as well as graduate Art & Media Studies students. We're in store for some amazing collaborations in 2015-2016.

02/07/2015

Have you applied yet? We can't wait to read your work!

Application Season for UB's MA in English/Innovative Writing is Open! Come work with Myung Mi Kim, Judith Goldman, Steve...
12/10/2014
Certificate in Innovative Writing - Department of English

Application Season for UB's MA in English/Innovative Writing is Open! Come work with Myung Mi Kim, Judith Goldman, Steve McCaffery, Dimitri Anastasopoulos, Christina Milletti & Nnedi Okorafor: http://www.buffalo.edu/cas/english/graduate/certificate-in-innovative-writing.html

The Certificate in Innovative Writing presents a unique form of graduate study in creative writing, closely intertwining the practice of writing with literary and aesthetic inquiries.

Thanks Buffalo Rising!Our application period opens Feb 1...but we'll look at files on a rolling basis this year.
01/28/2014
UB Launches *New* MA in Innovative Writing Program

Thanks Buffalo Rising!
Our application period opens Feb 1...but we'll look at files on a rolling basis this year.

Buffalo is now a city as well known for innovation in the arts, as it once was for its industrial heritage. The English Department at the University at Buffalo hopes to showcase that history with a...

01/17/2014
SNOW

New "weather" work by Shelley Jackson...

A story, weather permitting

Thanks, Poetry Foundation!
01/14/2014
University of Buffalo Launches New One-Year MA in Innovative Writing

Thanks, Poetry Foundation!

The University of Buffalo is already renowned for its Poetics Program; now it’s launching a surely remarkable MA in Innovative Writing! Faculty to include Myung Mi Kim, Judith Goldman, Nnedi Okorafor, Christina Milletti, and Dimitri Anastasopoulos. From their release: UB’s new MA in Innovative Writi...

12/31/2013

Wishing everyone a new year full of wonder. We're grateful for all the interest in our new program...and look forward to our first round of applications (due Feb 1!).

Wishing you a restful holiday as the semester comes to a close...which is to say, plenty of time to catch up on the lite...
12/10/2013
Literary Feuds of 2013

Wishing you a restful holiday as the semester comes to a close...which is to say, plenty of time to catch up on the literary kerfuffles of 2013.

The scuffles, controversies, and feisty debates that have helped keep the literary world lively over the past year.

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11/22/2013

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