Queens University of Charlotte

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
Charlotte, NC
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
15 per cohort each semester
Application Deadline: 
October 1, 2021
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Melissa Bashor
Core Faculty Includes: 

Faculty for the U.S. track of the program:

Poetry: Cathy Smith Bowers, Morri Creech, Bob Hicok, Marcus Jackson, Ada Limón, Rebecca Lindenberg, James McKean, Jon Pineda, Robert Polito, and Claudia Rankine,
Fiction: Ann Cummins, Jonathan Dee, Elizabeth Evans, Elizabeth Gaffney, Myla Goldberg, Zachary Lazar, Fred Leebron, Naeem Murr, Jenny Offill, David Payne, Susan Perabo, Patricia Powell, Steven Rinehart, Elissa Schappell, Dana Spiotta, and Ashley Warlick
Nonfiction: Kristin Dombek, Emily Fox Gordon, Suzannah Lessard, Jim McKean, and Jon Pineda
Writing for Stage and Screen: Hal Ackerman, Khris Baxter, Peter Behrens, Trish Harnetiaux, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Brighde Mullins, and Daniel Pinchbeck

Faculty for the Latin American track of the program:

Poetry: Ada Limón and Orlando Menes
Fiction: Carolina De Robertis, Mary Gaitskill, Cristina Garcia, Francisco Goldman, Manuel Gonzalez, Fred Leebron, Chris Offutt, Nelly Rosario, Maxine Swann, and Héctor Tobar
Nonfiction: Francisco Goldman, Chris Offutt, Maxine Swann, and Héctor Tobar
Writing for Stage and Screen: Chris Offutt
Young Adult: Cristina Garcia

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program offers a concentration in writing for stage and screen, in addition to American concentrations in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Students in the Latin Amerian track of the program can also concentrate in young adult writing.

Students attend two weeklong residencies each year, in January and May, at the Queens University campus in Charlotte, North Carolina. Students in the Latin American track of the program attend a 15-day residency each July/August, which rotates each year between Buenos Aires, Argentina; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Santiago, Chile. The 2022 residency will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Students may transfer between Charlotte and Latin American tracks.

The program hosts a biennial alumni conference that offers small workshops with editors and agents. Other features include the post-graduate Book Development program, during which students work on a manuscript with an editor from a major press.

The application deadline is March 1 for the summer term, July 1 for the fall term, and October 1 for the spring term. Please check the program website for more information.