The November issue of The Writer carries a short piece on the best Niche MFAs, 10 programs with a specialty focus. One listed is the MFA in creative writing with international emphasis at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

This creative writing program was started by novelist Richard Wiley (Korea 1967-69) author of half a dozen novels including Soldiers in Hiding that won the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1986. Wiley is also the Associate Director of the Black Mountain Institute, an International Center for Creative Writers and Scholars at UNLV.

(The BMI is hosting this Thursday, October 14, at 7 pm in the Beam Music Center Doc Rando Recital Hall “Writing the World: American Authors Looking Outward” with Peter Hessler (China 1996-98); Paul Theroux (Malawi 1963-65); Mary-Ann Tirone Smith (Cameroon 1965-67); and Marnie Mueller (Ecuador 1963-65). The event is free and open to the public. If you can attend, go early to the reception and meet Wiley and the other RPCV writers.)

If you are looking for an MFA program, look to UNLV. As The Writer writes: “Many U.S.-based MFA program offer workshops or residencies abroad, but the program at UNLV requires an international component. Six credits must be earned abroad. The program’s Peace Corps Track, a four-year commitment, allows admitted writers to enter the Peace Corps and MFA program simultaneously. Check out: http://english.unlv.edu/mfa