Stanford Creative Writing Program

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Dana Kletter, a professional musician and current first-year fiction fellow in the Stegner Fellowship, has an MFA from the University of Michigan.

She said that the amount of free time is one of the biggest benefits – and challenges – to being a Stegner fellow. Aside from the workshop where you bring in two pieces of writing a quarter, you don’t have a schedule,” said Kletter.

Fellows can also become involved in Stanford’s Writer’s Studio or Poetry House, resources that undergraduates use for writing help.

Molly Mc Cully Brown ’12, an English major, completed a Levinthal Tutorial in poetry during winter quarter.

No degrees are required to apply, and no degrees are awarded.

Submit 10 to 15 pages of poetry or a fiction manuscript of up to 9,000 words with a entry fee by December 1.

Unlike a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program, the Stegner Fellowship offers no degree.

However, Boland said, “We choose people who are by now pretty well published and probably will either leave the program with a book and a contract or with a finished book. Many of the people who come here have already been in writing programs, already have their MFAs.” Boland said she believes that the Stegner Fellowship is probably the last set of workshops a Stegner fellow will ever take.

“It’s a fabulous gift.” Stegner Fellows also interact with the undergraduate student body.

They teach Levinthal Tutorials, in which undergraduates can apply to work one-on-one with a Stegner Fellow to develop their writing during winter or spring quarter.


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