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, 2022
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, Orlando Menes, Jon Pineda, Robert Polito, Claudia Rankine, Jeffrey Thomson
Fiction: Ann Cummins, Jonathan Dee, Elizabeth Evans, Elizabeth Gaffney, Myla Goldberg, Zachary Lazar, Fred Leebron, Daniel Mueller, Naeem Murr, Jenny Offill, David Payne, Susan Perabo, Patricia Powell, Steven Rinehart, Elias Rodriques, Elissa Schappell, Dana Spiotta, Maxine Swann, Ashley Warlick
Nonfiction: Kristin Dombek, Emily Fox Gordon, Suzannah Lessard, James McKean, Jon Pineda, Robert Polito, Emily White
Writing for Stage and Screen: Hal Ackerman, Khris Baxter, Peter Behrens, Nandi Bowe, David Christensen, Trish Harnetiaux, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Brighde Mullins, Daniel Pinchbeck
Young Adult: Laura Ruby

Faculty for the Latin American track of the program:

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

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program offers a concentration in writing for stage and screen, in addition to concentrations in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Students can also concentrate in young adult writing. Mode of instruction is the student’s choice, either workshop or tutorial (one on one).

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 among Buenos Aires, Argentina; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Santiago, Chile. The 2023 residency will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Students may move back and forth between Charlotte and Latin American tracks.

The program hosts a biennial professional development weekend for alumni and matriculated students 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.