College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
MFA Creative Writing

Why Butler for my MFA?

Butler University is a top-tier liberal arts university located in one of the largest cities in the country, a city with a fabled literary tradition - birthplace or hometown to Kurt Vonnegut, Booth Tarkington, James Whitcomb Riley, and many others. And the MFA Program reflects the storied tradition of the Butler English Department: the first English Department in the nation to create an endowed chair for a woman professor.

We have been home for the last 20 years to one of the most dynamic visiting writers series in the country:  the Vivian S. Delbrook Series. MFAs enjoy opportunities to interact with our visiting writers, both through the Series and our writer-in-residence program.  Visiting writers for 2014-2015 include: Pulitzer-Prize winning poets Tracy K. Smith and Louise Gluck, highly acclaimed novelists Zadie Smith and Jonathan Franzen, and celebrated poets Carl Phillips and Ellen Bryant Voight.

Courtesy of the Efroymson Family Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, the MFA program makes its home in the Efroymson Center for Creative Writing, opened in spring 2012. The Efroymson Center is a hub for many of our publishing and service enterprises, contains an apartment for visiting writers, and hosts its own series of innovative creative writing programs.

We offer top-flight full-time faculty, and an eclectic and exciting variety of courses, ranging from electives in screenwriting, young adult fiction, and poetic form, to literary editing and publishing and teaching creative writing. Our literary magazine Booth is MFA-operated, and in 2012 we began a creative partnership with the new small press Pressgang. Additionally, in 2012 we introduced our Writing in the Schools program, offering dynamic and fulfilling service opportunities in the Indianapolis Public School system.   

And lastly, our program is flexible: we design a specialized curriculum for every student, based on your artistic interests, full- or part-time status, and your long-term goals as a writer. Our tuition is a spectacular value, and we offer a variety of partial scholarships for out-of-state students, awards and mentorship opportunities designed to enhance your development as a publishing writer, teacher and literary professional.