1. Everyday Chica by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  2. The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire by Ephraim
  3. Oye What I'm Gonna Tell You by Milanés
  4. Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
Department of English Graduate Programs

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

The MFA program in Creative Writing offers concentrations in creative nonfiction, literary fiction, and poetry, and features a curriculum fueled by aesthetic values and focused on students’ original creative work. Our faculty members are deeply committed to cultivating a diverse community of high-quality literary writers and preparing them for careers in writing, editing, teaching, and/or other creative endeavors.

Set within the growing and bustling 60,000+-student U.C.F. campus, on the eastern edge of Orlando and about equi-distant from Disney World and the Atlantic beaches, our M.F.A. program offers a balance of close community and the openness of city life. Our program—running between about 25 and 35 full- and part-time students at a time—reflects the diversity of our region. We are committed to helping students find their own distinct voices based on their various experiences and perspectives.

Students have the opportunity to serve as interns for our international literary journal, The Florida Review, to assist in the production of our in-house literary journal, The Cypress Dome, as well as to work as Graduate Teaching Assistants, teaching first-year Composition and Introduction to Creative Writing. The program also offers students opportunities to participate in the national and local visiting writers program, Writers in the Sun, in community outreach projects, Parcels (a reading series for students), and the Graduate Writers Association (student organization). For more information on all that our MFA community offers, click on the links below:

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The M.F.A. Creative Writing program is centered around the workshop experience and fosters student publishing. Since the conversion of our long-standing M.A. program in creative writing to the terminal M.F.A. in 2006, our students and recent graduates have published in such venues as The New Yorker, Nimrod, Creative Nonfiction, Indiana Review, among other journals. Our alumni have gone on to publish books and win prestigious awards and prizes.

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Literary Activities


Jocelyn Bartkevicius

Research Interests: Literary nonfiction; Memoir; Personal Essay; Ecological Criticism and Ecotheory; Virginia Woolf

Susan Hubbard

Research Interests: writing and reading contemporary fiction; creative writing pedagogy; the art and craft of speculative fiction

Darlin' Neal

Research Interests: Literary Fiction; Literary Nonfiction; Memoir; Poetry and Flash Fiction; Native American Literature; Writing of the Southwest; Southern Writers; Eudora Welty

Obi Nwakanma
David James Poissant

Research Interests: Fiction Writing; The Short Story; Contemporary American Literature; Southern Literature; Creative Writing Pedagogy

Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés

Research Interests:
Latino/a Literature, writing, women writers of color, Emergent American Literature and women's studies.

Lisa Roney

Research Interests: Fiction, memoir, and personal essay; medical humanities, disability studies, representations of health and illness; images and physical aspects of home and place; the relationships between genres (e.g., architecture and narrative, painting and digital art, fiction and nonfiction); and twentieth-century American literature and women's studies.

Don Stap

Research Interests: Shorebirds. Poetry. The Literature of Fact.

Terry Ann Thaxton

Research Interests: Poetry Writing; Contemporary Poetry and Poetics; Creative Non-Fiction; Literary Arts and Community; Community-Based Learning; Women's Studies; Marginalized Learners

Laurie Uttich

Research Interests:
Creative nonfiction: memoir, essay, segmented forms (braided, collage, lyrical), and literary journalism. Fiction: short stories, flash fiction.

Department of English • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
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