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 | Creative Writing at Temple University



Temple’s graduate Creative Writing program was founded in the fall of 1984. Over twenty-eight years later, its faculty and student writers continue to change the face of the national writing scene. The program began after several department members decided to take advantage of the presence of so many talented published writers on the Temple English Department faculty. Temple’s degree switched from an M.A. to an M.F.A. in English-Creative Writing in the fall of 2010.    

Faculty who have taught in the program include such noted writers and scholars as Sonia Sanchez, Toby Olson, David Bradley, Alan Singer, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Lawrence Venuti, Susan Stewart, Joan Mellen, and William Van Wert.  More recent additions to the faculty have included Samuel R. Delany, Jena Osman, Don Lee, and Brian Teare. The program also hosts a visiting fiction writer and a visiting poet each year. Visitors have included Robert Creeley, Donald Barthelme, Robert Coover, Rosmarie Waldrop, C.D. Wright, Jonathan Lethem, André Brink, Anita Desai, Peter Carey, Carole Maso, Edna O’Brien, and Alice Notley.

The program continues to be the only graduate Creative Writing program in the city of Philadelphia.

The Creative Writing Program in the Department of English
Temple University | 1114 West Berks Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6090 | P: 215.204.1796 | F: 215.204.2662