Creative Writing at WVU
Virginia Butts Sturm Workshop: 2014

On the first night of the Virginia Butts Sturm Workshop, Writer-in-Residence Marianne Boruch set the tone for the week by making a simple request: “Give me an image of something you saw today.” One student described a fallen ice cream cone. Another mentioned a pile of dead flies. Each image was of something broken or unusual, and Marianne pointed out the tension in such disjointed things.


Meet the New MFA Class

The beginning of every school year heralds the arrival of a new MFA class. The first glimpse of these newcomers occurred during the graduate teaching assistant orientation when Mary Ann Samyn, director of creative writing, joined the new writers for lunch at Hatfield’s in the Mountainlair. These writers told stories about their various professions leading up to the MFA. Their previous places of employment range from a pet center to America’s Money Class with Suze Orman, and everything in between.

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Mark Brazaitis Wins the Autumn House Press Fiction Prize

We often imagine that our childhood games of truth-or-dare and trust-hand-slap do not follow us into adulthood.

For the characters in Mark Brazaitis’ new collection, Truth Poker, those simple games—moments of venerability on the fault line between the truth and a lie—are equally high stakes for both children and adults.

Brazaitis’ new work recently won the Autumn House Press 2014 Fiction Prize. The Pittsburgh house will publish the book early next year.

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Solid financial planning for retirement years is important. The tax-deferred funds that you have accumulated for retirement can also be a beneficial way to support the Creative Writing Program now or later.

After reaching age 70.5, the required minimum distributions could be used as a gift for the Program as you choose and would earn a federal tax deduction for you.

For future support, naming the West Virginia University Foundation, Inc. (tax identification # 55-6017181) as the retirement account beneficiary is the first step. Next, an agreement about the use of the funds to benefit the Department will complete the gift arrangements.

Your funds could establish a fellowship or scholarship or could fund faculty support, program enhancements, or facility/technology upgrades. All are high priorities.

This future support will count in A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University as long as you will be age 70 or older by December 31, 2015.

Get in touch with Drew Chelosky, assistant dean for development at 304-293-4625 or to learn more.

Alumni Spotlight

Danielle Ryle

Sarah Einstein, ’11 MFA
Since graduating from WVU’s MFA program in 2011, Sarah Einstein has been busy making a name for herself in the literary world. Her book, Mot, A Memoir, won the 2014 AWP Award Series for Creative Nonfiction, and it is forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press.


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