University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
Iowa City, IA
Poetry, Fiction
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
December 15, 2020
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Deb West
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: James Galvin, Mark Levine, Elizabeth Willis
Fiction: Ethan Canin, Lan Samantha Chang, Charles D’Ambrosio, Margot Livesey, Jamel Brinkley. 

The 2020-2021 visiting faculty includes poets Daniel Borzutzky, Tracie Morris, and Nikki Wallschlaeger, and fiction writers Alexia Arthurs, Tom Drury, Angela Flournoy, and Amy Parker.

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

During the academic year, the program offers readings, master classes, question and answer sessions, and short courses with visiting writers, as well as opportunities to meet agents and editors. Other draws include a community outreach & youth writing program, the opportunity to earn a certificate in literary translation, and collaborations with other departments, such as the theater department and the Center for the Book.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 

Iowa Review, University of Iowa Press

Other Features: 

The program hosts readings, master classes, lectures, question and answer sessions, and short courses with visiting writers, agents, and editors. Other features include a community outreach program, the University of Iowa Center for the Book, and the Translation Workshop.

The application fee for international students is $100.


Raymond Carver, Sandra Cisneros, Justin Cronin, Rita Dove, Nathan Englander, Angela Flournoy, Jorie Graham, Garth Greenwell, Yaa Gyasi, Paul Harding, Joy Harjo, Adam Haslett, Cristina Henríques, Juan Felipe Herrera, John Irving, Leslie Jamison, T. Geronimo Johnson, Philip Levine, Yiyun Li, Ayana Mathis, Shane McCrae, Jane Mead, Alice Notley, Flannery O'Connor, Z.Z. Packer, Ann Patchett, D.A. Powell, Robyn Schiff, Jane Smiley, Wallace Stegner, Mark Strand, James Tate, Justin Torres, Abraham Verghese, Joy Williams