MFA Alumnus Ron Austin publishes book to wide acclaim.
Alumnus Ron Austin’s debut collection of linked stories won the 2017 Nilsen Prize, a 2019 Foreword INDIES GOLD Award, the 2020 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award, and received nominations for the 2020 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.
The Creative Writing Program at the University of Missouri – St. Louis offers a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in fiction and poetry. Our MFA is a 39 credit-hour program designed as a terminal degree. It allows a select group of student writers an extraordinary opportunity to learn the craft of writing from the inside out. The methods of instruction are simple but effective: writing workshops in fiction and poetry; seminar classes on writing craft; assistant editorial work in conjunction with internationally-renowned literary magazine Boulevard. Students in the UMSL MFA program work closely with our distinguished faculty. In the final semesters of study, each student develops a book-length thesis. UMSL MFA graduates have published books in fiction and poetry, won prestigious awards, and placed poems, stories and essays in hundreds of esteemed literary journals.