Zell earned her English degree at Michigan in 1964.
(AP Photo/Crain Communications, Eric Unger)ANN ARBOR, Mich.
Kostova, whose debut novel "The Historian" rose quickly to No.
1 on The New York Times bestseller list, and Ward, whose 2011 novel "Salvage the Bones" won the National Book Award, are among the program's better-known graduates.
Pylvainen , whose first novel "We Sinners" won a Whiting Writers' Award last year, said the book might never have been written without the third-year fellowship.
There are no plans to expand the program, which Zell said might dilute its quality.Many then choose to write a senior thesis in a single genre, creating in the last year of study a collection of poems or stories, a novel.or a finished screenplay; students might also pursue internships in writing and editing.There are no supplemental forms to be filled out and decisions are made based on space availability. 2, 2011 photo made available by Crain Communications shows Helen Zell at her home in Chicago.Helen Zell, who earned her English degree at Michigan in 1964, has been supporting the Michigan program with smaller gifts totaling more than million over more than a decade.Five long bookshelves, nearly covering an entire wall of her Chicago apartment, are filled with books written by the graduate program's faculty and alumni, she said, and she looks forward to adding more.Our program provides many co-curricular events and opportunities, including a reading series, writing workshops, brown bag lunch conversations with faculty and visiting writers.The Michigan State University English Department is also home to Red Cedar Review one of the oldest student-managed literary journals in the United States.The creative writing concentration at MSU offers students a program that blends foundational work in literary studies, exploration for creative writing in multiple genres, and a focused capstone experience. Beginning with the same foundation as other English majors, students also work at the introductory and advanced level in at least two different genres of creative writing. in English, but their diplomas note their dedicated commitment to creative writing.