Chicago State University

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
2001
Location: 
Chicago, IL
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Full
Duration: 
2-3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
5–10
Application Deadline: 
July 15, 2022
Application Fee: 
$30
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Kelly Norman Ellis
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Kelly Norman Ellis
Fiction: Cole Lavalais
Film/Television: Christine List
Publishing: Brenda E. Aghahowa, Arthur Amaker 

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding with graduate assistantships available.

Other Features: 

Students may take courses in playwriting and scriptwriting for film and television as electives. The program is housed in the English Department at Chicago State University and features a Visiting Writers Series. Many events are offered in collaboration with CSU’s Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing, a literary and cultural center invested in researching, teaching, and disseminating information about acclaimed black writers. Students in the program undertake coursework in African American literature and non-African American literature.

The application deadline for the spring term is December 17; the deadline for the fall term is July 15.