University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop

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MFA Program

Program Established: 
Iowa City, IA
Poetry, Fiction
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
December 15, 2019
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, Ayana Mathis

The 2019–2020 visiting faculty include poets Cody-Rose Clevidence, Tracie Morris, M. NourbeSe Philip, and Emily Wilson, and fiction writers Alexia Arthurs, Kevin Brockmeier, Abby Geni, and Garth Greenwell.

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers full funding through teaching and research assistantships, as well as fellowships.

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