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Chapman University

MFA Program

MFA Program Established: 
Orange, California
Genres Include:
Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
Program Size: 
Application Deadline:
February 1, 2015
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
James P. Blaylock
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poets: Anna Leahy, Martin Nakell
Fiction writers: Mark Axelrod, Richard Bausch, Jim Blaylock, Alicia Kozameh
Nonfiction writer: Tom Zoellner

Part-time faculty members include poet Allison Benis White, fiction writers Ryan Gattis and Tim Powers, and more.

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Two fellowships, which each include $18,000 and tuition remssion, are available each year. Scholarships and scholarly/creative graduate student grants are also available.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 

Calliope (student journal), TAB: The Journal of Poetry and Poetics (international journal)

Other Features: 

All incoming MFA students take the innovative Aspects of a Writer course, and can take courses in digital humanities. This program features two visiting writers series through Tabula Poetica: The Center for Poetry at Chapman University and the John Fowles Center for Creative Writing. Dual degrees in MA/MFA and JD/MFA are available.

Chapman University is a mid-sized, private university nestled between the mountains and the ocean in sunny Southern California; it has a small-town vibe near the hubbub of Los Angeles.

The deadline for admission with consideration for fellowships and scholarships is February 1. The deadline for unfunded fall admission is May 1. The deadline for spring admission is November 1.


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