The Graduate Program in Creative Writing at the University of Kansas offers a three-year MFA and five-year Ph D in Creative Writing, with tracks in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and playwriting.
During coursework, students take workshops, forms, literature, theory, and interdisciplinary courses to help prepare them for both creative work and scholarly research.
He is currently living in Los Angeles where he is Writer in Residence at USC.
He is the author of four novels, Paris Trance, The Search, The Colour of Memory, and Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi; a critical study of John Berger, Ways of Telling; and six genre-defying titles, including But Beautiful, Out of Sheer Rage, Yoga For People Who Can't Be Bothered To Do It, and The Ongoing, among others.
Graduate students have the opportunity to gain valuable editorial experience working with , the graduate student-run national literary journal housed at the University of Kansas.
Funding is available for the majority of graduate students via teaching and research assistantships, and there are additional student work options on campus.
By the end of their study, students produce a book-length manuscript of poetry, prose, plays, or a hybrid text.
Students regularly engage in KU and Lawrence's literary community by planning, promoting, attending, and participating in readings on and off campus.
The Art of Description, a handbook for writers, appeared in 2011.
His work has been honored by the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, two Lambda Literary Awards, and the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction.