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    Celebrating 50 Years of the Creative Writing Program

    November 15, 2012

    Morton Janklow, Mary Karr, Dean George Langford The Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University had its 50-year celebration in New York City this past November. It was held at the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel located on Central Park South.

    The MFA in Creative Writing is a three-year program that gives promising writers and poets an opportunity to practice their skills with fellow writers. Each year, only six writers and six poets are enrolled in the program out of hundreds of applications. According to the Poets and Writers Magazine, the MFA Creative Writing Program at SU is ranked in the top five in the country.

    Students work closely with faculty members that are already established writers. Professors include Mary Karr, George Saunders, Michael Burkard, Arthur Flowers, Brooks Haxton and Dana Spiotta.

    The reception was also in celebration of writer Raymond Carver, who was the coordinator of the Creative Writing Program beginning in 1980. Carver is recognized as being a leader in the revitalization of American short literature during the 1980s. He died of lung cancer in 1988.

    The video below highlights clips from the 50 Years of the Creative Writing Program event with a few remarks from Dean George Langford and Mary Karr.

    Visit our YouTube page for another video of author and SU Professor George Saunders.

    George Saunders

    For more information about the program, click here: http://english.syr.edu/creative_writing/

    For pictures from the event, visit our Facebook Page.