School of the Art Institute of Chicago

MFA Program

Chicago, IL
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
January 10, 2017
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Sally Alatalo
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Calvin Forbes, Ruth Margraff, James McManus
Fiction: Jesse Ball, Janet Desaulniers, Calvin Forbes, Sara Levine, James McManus, Beth Nugent
Nonfiction: Sara Levine, James McManus
Cross-Genre: Sally Alatalo, Mark Booth, Janet Desaulniers, Ruth Margraff, Beth Nugent

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers trustee merit scholarships, Dean's scholarships, writing fellowships, and teaching assistantships.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 

F Newsmagazine, Collected (MFAW), Mouth (BFAW)

Other Features: 

Modeled on studio art training, SAIC’s two-year MFA in Writing program celebrates writing as art, and offers a fresh alternative to other workshop-driven writing programs. One-on-one graduate projects with stellar faculty are the heart of our curriculum, leaving room for longer, wilder, and more ambitious work. Students tap the unique potential of transdisciplinary writing in an art school, connected with a world-class art museum. Our writers cross freely between poetry, fiction, playwriting/screenwriting, nonfiction, art, and digital writing. Electives are offered in painting, performance, film, sound, fashion, and photography. Writing students who demonstrate a studio practice can apply for studio space and exhibit in the annual MFA Thesis Exhibition in the school's Sullivan Galleries.


Sara Hess, Idris Goodwin, Kyle Beachy, Amina Cain, Samantha Peale, Tim Kinsella, Mary Hamilton, Lindsay Hunter, Zach Dodson, Caroline Picard, Jennifer Karmin, Terri Griffith, Amanda Marbais, Heather Cramond, Ira Murfin, John Rich, Daniel Borzutzky, Aja Monet, Allison Gruber, Cynthia Pelayo, Judith Valente, Baird Harper, Gwendolyn Whiteside, Chris Bower, Scott Barsotti, Colin Winnette, Rebecca Beegle, Kristiana Colon