Michener Center for Writers

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The Michener Center for Writers is an interdisciplinary Masters of Fine Arts program in fiction, poetry, playwriting, and screenwriting at the University of Texas at Austin.


The program was founded in the early 1990s through a generous endowment from the late James A. Michener and Mari Sabusawa Michener. It was originally called the Texas Center for Writers, but changed its name to honor Mr. Michener after his death. The Michener Center is widely regarded as one of the top few creative writing programs in the world.


The program operates through competitive entry and offers a generous fellowship including tuition and other fees. It is taught by faculty from the Departments of English, Radio Television and Film, and Theatre and Dance, and also hosts visiting faculty of nationally recognized writers, who often participate in a public Reading Series.

Notable recent Michener Fellows include Kevin Powers, National Book Award Finalist and author of The Yellow Birds; Domenica Ruta, author of the memoir With or Without You; Philipp Meyer, Guggenheim Fellow and author of the novels American Rust and The Son; Brian McGreevy, author of the novel Hemlock Grove; Lee Shipman, screenwriter and co-producer of the Hemlock Grove television series from Netflix; Jake Silverstein, editor of Texas Monthly; Fiona McFarlane, author of the novel The Night Guest; Mary Miller, novelist and short story writer; Roger Reeves; Matthew Dickman; Michael Dickman; John McManus, Beau Thorne, Alix Ohlin, Joseph Skibell, and Alex Smith.

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