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University of South Florida

MFA Program

MFA Program Established: 
Tampa, Florida
Genres Include:
Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction
3 Years
Program Size: 
Application Deadline:
January 1, 2015
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Rita Ciresi
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poets: Hunt Hawkins, Jay Hopler, and Katherine Riegel. Fiction writers: Karen Brown, Rita Ciresi, John Henry Fleming, and Jarod Rosello. Nonfiction writers: Heather Sellers and Ira Sukrungruang.

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Teaching Assistantships

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 

Saw Palm, Banyan, The Mailer Review, Aphra Behn Online

Other Features: 

This program features the USF Lecture Series as well as the Spotlight on Writers Series. This is one of the few programs to offer training in creative writing pedagogy.

Students may take workshops outside of their chosen genre. All accepted students are offered aid in the form of teaching assistantships. All students are given the opportunity to teach lower-level creative writing courses in their second or third year of the program.


Karen Brown, Alicia Thompson, John Nieves, Daniele Pantano, Jaquira Diaz

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