Student & Graduate Success

Chance of getting a tenure-track creative writing job, according to the AWP: slim to none Chance of success in WCSU’s MFA in Creative and Professional Writing: 87%

According to the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, there were about 4000 writing graduates during 2012-2013 and just over 100 teaching jobs in writing. This works out to 40 MFA graduates per new job listed every year; add all of the unemployed or underemployed MFA graduates from previous years and we arrive at hundreds of applicants per job. The best possible likelihood of the average MFA graduate getting a tenure track teaching position in creative writing is .25%. Adding in all other academic jobs, including those in composition, there is a 10% chance of an MFA graduate being hired. Take into account that these numbers assume the graduate is only competing among other MFA graduates, which is generally not the case.

The MFA Program at WCSU was founded in 2005 with the mission to provide training in both creative and practical genres so that graduates may be equipped with the skills necessary to compete for jobs outside of teaching. Since its inception, 87% our graduates have gone on to book publication, full-time employment in academia or other writing careers, successful freelance careers, or subsequent terminal degree programs, demonstrating great success under the pressure of a competitive job market.

Some of the places our students and graduates have published:

  •          Newsweek

  •          McSweeney's

  •          Creative Nonfiction

  •          The MacGuffin

  •          Connecticut Review

  •          Christian Science Monitor

  •          Sentence: a Journal of Prose Poetics

  •          Writer's Chronicle

  •          Crab Orchard Review

  •          St. Martin's Press

  •          Harper Collins

  •          Ravenous

  •          Clemson University Press

  •          Pecan Grove Press

  •          Cervena Barva Press

  •          Prime Books

  •          Praeger Publishing 

Some of the places where our graduates work:    

  •          Save the Children

  •          The Hill Center

  •          Disney

  •          Dow Chemical

  •          Viz Media

  •          Crested Butte News

  •          Roundabout Press

  •          Dartmouth College: Senior Writer

  •          University of Hartford: Assistant Professor

  •          Lehman College: Assistant Professor

  •          Quinnipiac University, Mitchell College, and others: Adjunct Professors

  •          The Hill School

  •          Ketchum PR

  •          Freelance writing and editing

What our students and graduates have created:  

  •          Burnt Twig Productions (film production company)

  •          Miranda, a literary journal founded by Ron Samul

  •, an online content provider for diverse publishers, founded by Charles Henderson

  •          Kugelmass: a Journal of Literary Humor, a literary journal founded by David Holub

  •          After the Headlines, an award-winning short film by Aaliyah Miller

  •          Poor Yorick, an online literary journal

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