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Although University of Montana first offered the M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing in 1967, the program "unofficially" began in 1920 when H.G. Merriam introduced creative writing classes to the curriculum. The program is one of the oldest and most prestigious in the country, shaped by presences such as Leslie Fieldler, Patricia Goedicke, Richard Hugo, and William Kittredge. We offer student writers instruction and mentorship by a committed and diverse group of faculty, visiting writers, alumni, and peers.

"A creative writing class may be one of the last places you can go where your life still matters"  -Richard Hugo