Ryan McIlvain


MFA in Creative Writing alumnus Ryan McIlvain’s novel Elders, the story of a young man's Mormon mission to Brazil, is “a powerful and deeply moving debut from a gifted young writer,”according to T.C. Boyle, author of San Miguel.  It was declared a “a refreshingly earnest, clear-eyed, and self-assured debut by a young writer to watch” by author Jonathan Evison ( The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving).

While still at R-N, McIlvain, Class of 2009, was one of five U.S. fiction writers to be awarded a 2009 Stegner Fellowship, which supports two years at Stanford University through a stipend of $26,000.  He undertook the fellowship after completing his MFA in Creative Writing.

More about Elders (2013, Hogarth)