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Jesmyn Ward wins 2017 National Book Award

HZWP Alumna Jesmyn Ward wins her second National Book Award for "Sing, Unburied, Sing"

Accolades for Professor Peter Ho Davies's latest, "The Fortunes"

"The Fortunes" receives the 2017 Anisfield-Wolf Award for fiction and the 2017 Chautauqua Prize!

The Helen Zell Writers’ Program is a two-year, fully-funded graduate program in creative writing leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree. Students concentrate in either fiction or poetry. Applicants must submit portfolios of their writing in one of these genres, and should have sufficient training in literature to succeed in courses at the graduate level. We select students with demonstrated talent and expose them to a variety of approaches to the craft of writing. For more information, please see our Program Overview.