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School of the Art Institute of Chicago

MFA Program

Chicago, Illinois
Genres Include:
Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
Program Size: 
Application Deadline:
January 15, 2015
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Beth Nugent, Graduate Coordinator
Core Faculty Includes: 

Sally Alatalo, Carol Anshaw, Jesse Ball, Mark Booth, Rosellen Brown, Anne Calcagno, Mary Cross, Janet Desaulniers, Amy England, Calvin Forbes, Matthew Goulish, Adam Levin, Sara Levine, Ruth Margraff, James McManus, Beth Nugent, Beau O'Reilly, Jill Riddell, Ellen Rothenberg

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Trustee Merit Scholarships, Writing Fellowships, Teaching Assistantships

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 

F Newsmagazine, Collected (MFAW), Mouth (BFAW), Dear Navigator

Other Features: 

Modeled on studio art training, SAIC’s two-year MFA in Writing program celebrates writing as art, and offers a fresh alternative to other workshop-driven writing programs. One-on-one graduate projects with stellar faculty are the heart of our curriculum--leaving room for longer, wilder and more ambitious work. Students tap the unique potential of transdisciplinary writing in an art school, connected with a world-class art museum. Our writers cross freely between poetry, fiction, playwriting/screenwriting, non-fiction and into painting, performance, film, sound, fashion, photo, etc. Writing students who demonstrate a studio practice can apply for studio space and exhibit in the Sullivan Galleries’ MFA Spring Show.


Sara Hess, Idris Goodwin, Kyle Beachy, Amina Cain, Samantha Peale, Tim Kinsella, Mary Hamilton, Lindsay Hunter, Zach Dodson, Caroline Picard, Jennifer Karmin, Terri Griffith, Amanda Marbais, Heather Cramond, Ira Murfin, John Rich, Lindsay Hunter, Daniel Borzutzky, Aja Monet, Allison Gruber, Judith Valente, Baird Harper, Gwendolyn Whiteside, Chris Bower, Scott Barsotti, Colin Winnette, Rebecca Beegle, Kristiana Colon

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