College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
MFA Creative Writing

Publications and Professional Training


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Butler's MFA Creative Writing program is host to an online and print literary magazine, Booth. After only three years, Booth had already been praised as "one of the most exciting, fresh, and irreverent new journals out there" (Aja Gabel). Contributors include Kim Addonizio, Robin Black, Jonathan Lethem and Michael Martone, and interviews with Jane Hamilton, George Saunders, and Charles Simic. Booth offers opportunities for MFAs to edit content, and to interview visiting writers for the publication. We also offer MFA students a course in literary publishing in conjunction with this platform.


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In addition, in fall 2011, we founded a small press, Pressgang. Pressgang publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, and comics. Its first book, Monsters, an anthology of monster stories, hit bookstores in March 2012. 


Campus & Community Tutoring

MFAs also have opportunities to participate in the University peer tutoring program - as peer tutors or as workshop leaders - and to serve as teaching fellows in introductory creative writing classes. We also offer a Writing in the Schools program in conjunction with Shortridge High School, one of Indianapolis' most successful magnet schools. We host a publication forum, featuring visiting editors and agents working with advanced students, and an MFA Reading Series, designed and hosted by the MFAs themselves. And every year, we support student visits to the AWP conference.