Chicago State University

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
Chicago, IL
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2-3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
October 15, 2020
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Kelly Ellis
Core Faculty Includes: 

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

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding with graduate assistantships available.

Other Features: 

This program features a Visiting Writers Series. Students may take courses in playwriting and scriptwriting for film and television as electives. The MFA program is housed in the 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 October 15; the deadline for the fall term is March 15.