University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
1936
Location: 
Iowa City, IA
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction
Residency: 
Full
Duration: 
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
50
Application Deadline: 
December 15, 2021
Application Fee: 
$60
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Deb West
Core Faculty Includes: 

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

The 2021-2022 visiting faculty includes poets Vanessa Roveto, Nikki Wallschlaeger, and Emily Wilson, and fiction writers Kevin Brockmeier, Tom Drury, Abby Geni, and Madhuri Vijay.

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers full funding through fellowships and teaching assistantships.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

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.

The application fee for international students is $100.

Graduates: 

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