Creative Writing & Literature: Additional Funding Opportunities

The Literatures and Languages Department is committed to making graduate study at Mills as affordable and accessible as possible. As part of this commitment, we moved to a per-credit tuition model for our creative writing and literature programs. This change enabled us to reduce annual tuition costs by more than $10,000 per student.

We also continue to offer graduate assistantships to eligible students. The following program-specific sources of financial aid are available in addition to those outlined on our financial aid for graduate students page.

Graduate Assistantships

All full-time students in our MFA in Creative Writing and MA in Literature Programs can apply for a part-time graduate assistantship. Depending on your degree program, positions are available in:

To apply as a new first-year student, please indicate your interest in a graduate assistantship in the departmental and financial aid section of the Mills admission application and then review the required materials listed for each available assistantship. New creative writing and literature students are eligible for positions in the Composition and Rhetoric Program and the Place for Writers, and as a community collaborator for We Are the Voices.

Submit all admission materials, including the materials required for any assistantships in which you are interested, by the January 15 priority deadline. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis.

You will be able to reapply for assistantships each year that you are in the program, and additional assistantship positions become available after your first year.

Community Collaborators for We Are the Voices

Community collaborator positions are inspired by projects implemented by Mills alumnae, including:

Examples of projects that inspired the creation of these fellowships include:

  • The Off/Page project, a collaboration between the Center for Investigative Reporting and Youth Speaks
  • Heriberto Yepez' public poetry signage in Tijuana
  • Mark Nowak's poetry workshops with auto workers in the United States and South Africa
  • Rhodessa Jones’ storytelling and theater work with The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, and more recently, The Medea Project: HIV Circle
  • The Bard Prison Initiative, which creates the opportunity for incarcerated men and women to earn a college degree while in prison