School of the Art Institute of Chicago

MFA Program

Program Established: 
1996
Location: 
Chicago, IL
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
Residency: 
Full
Duration: 
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
20-25
Application Deadline: 
January 10, 2018
Application Fee: 
$80
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Sally Alatalo, Chair
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 partial funding through 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 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, among others. 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.

Graduates: 

Scott Barsotti, Kyle Beachy, Rebecca Beegle, Daniel Borzutzky, Halle Butler, Amina Cain, Kristiana Colón, Patti Yumi Cottrell, Vida Cross, Emil Ferris, Idris Goodwin, Terri Griffith, Allison Gruber, Baird Harper, Tsehaye Hebert, Sara Hess, Lindsay Hunter, Jennifer Karmin, Tim Kinsella, Aja Monet, Ira Murfin, Samantha Peale, Cynthia Pelayo, Caroline Picard, Deepak Unnikrishnan, Judith Valente, Gwendolyn Whiteside, Colin Winnette