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High praise for ASU's creative writing website


January 26, 2011

The Arizona State University creative writing program website was selected as one of the nation’s top 10 by Huffington Post blogger Seth Abramson.

“It's no surprise that one of the best-funded programs in the United States would have one of the most attractive websites,” wrote Abramson in his Jan. 24 post.

Abramson, a poet and attorney, ranked the best full-residency Master of Fine Arts program websites for their design, structure and transparency.

Redesigned in 2009 by ASU’s Provost Communications Group and a team from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the site was lauded for its “beautiful and seamless integration with content from the ASU Department of English, Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Hayden’s Ferry Review and the countless international and domestic outreach programs with which the MFA at ASU is involved.” Abramson went on to point out that “surfing this site, the prospective ASU applicant has a strong sense of the literary arts community in Tempe.”

“The primary goal for our website is to provide, clearly and logically, the information prospective students and current MFA students need,” said Peter Turchi, director of ASU’s creative writing program and the Piper Center for Creative Writing. “We know that the great majority of people who consider applying to our program will make their decision based on the information they get from the site, and from the impression it makes, visually and tonally.”

At the core of the MFA program in creative writing at ASU are small classes, intimate workshops and three semesters of practicum, one-on-one mentoring tailored to address your writing needs. Faculty have published more than 80 books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction and have received national and international recognition.

MFA students at ASU are among the best funded in the nation. Every poet and fiction writer is offered a teaching assistantship and a Piper Fellowship, each renewable for each of the program’s three years. Editorial opportunities with ASU’s acclaimed literary journal Hayden’s Ferry Review are also available to students, as are numerous opportunities for studying and teaching abroad through the Piper Center’s global initiatives. ASU MFA alumni have gone on to win additional fellowships and awards, and have their work appear in the most highly regarded literary journals in the country.

Abramson’s blog is at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/seth-abramson.