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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring John Houck, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Join Otis’ new President Bruce W. Ferguson and new Director of Galleries and Exhibitions Kate McNamara at a special reception for alumni and friends at the historic National Arts Club.

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015
    7:00 – 9:00 pm

    National Arts Club
    15 Gramercy Park South
    New York, NY 10003
    Business Casual attire is required by the National Arts Club
    For dress code information, visit: www.nationalartsclub.org (under About Us/FAQs)

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Adam Linder is a choreographer based between Berlin and Los Angeles, working both in theatre and visual art contexts. He has been developing a dance based  format he calls Choreographic Services since 2013. This aspect of his work is focused on underscoring real time and economic conditions that are integral to the discipline of  choreography. At Otis Linder will introduce this format both conceptually and practically, discussing why 'servicing' is the relevant way for his work to publicly engage.  

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event
    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.
    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.
    October 15, 6:30 - 9:30 pm


Graduate Writing


Graduate Writing offers a multidisciplinary curriculum, drawing from the diverse cultures of Los Angeles. Writing is considered in relation to contemporary world literatures, with an emphasis on translation and the book arts.

Founded in 2000, the Graduate Writing Program at Otis offers a Master of Fine Arts degree with concentrations in prose, poetry, and literary translation. Workshops and literary seminars culminate in the completion of a creative thesis, while two-year paid practicums in teaching or publishing prepare students for life after graduate school in fields that complement a lasting writing practice. The small size and selective nature of the program ensure an exemplary student/faculty ratio and allow us to provide funding to all full-time students.

As the only full-residency MFA writing program in the city of Los Angeles, Otis makes the most of our location in a dynamic, complex city that has inspired writers ranging from Thomas Pynchon to Joan Didion, Octavia Butler to Raymond Chandler. The program is enriched by the eclectic literary resources of L.A. — its book festivals, reading series, galleries and museums, small presses, legendary writers’ haunts, and independent bookstores.

Our own biweekly literary events bring in writers, translators, and editors from around the world to meet and talk with students, sharing their work and expertise. The other graduate and undergraduate programs at Otis—including those in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, Digital Media, Illustration, and Book Arts—offer the possibility for interdisciplinary projects and artistic collaboration.

Though the program is full-residency, students have the option of enrolling on a full-time or part-time basis. Upon acceptance, full-time students receive a guarantee of two years’ partial fellowship support to assist with the overall tuition, as well as employment through the teaching and publishing practicums. In addition, all students in their final semester of study are eligible to apply for the First Book Fellowship, a $10,000 grant that enables them, following completion of the degree, to focus on developing and revising their thesis manuscript for publication.

In 2013, Otis announced the expansion of the translation track in our MFA program. Students who choose to concentrate in this track will produce a translation of literary prose or poetry as their thesis project. We developed this concentration in response to a growing need for access to world literary traditions. Otis is uniquely positioned to offer a translation emphasis: our faculty’s achievement in the field, our curricular focus on international writing, and our publishing commitment to works in translation, all make Otis the ideal place for students who wish to explore this emerging and vital discipline. Apply Now



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