University of Wisconsin, Madison

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MFA Program

Program Established: 
Madison, WI
Poetry, Fiction
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
December 15, 2020
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Sean Bishop
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Amy Quan Barry, Sean Bishop, Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Jesse Lee Kercheval
Fiction: Jesse Lee Kercheval, Ron Kuka, Beth (Bich Minh) Nguyen, Porter Shreve

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers full funding totaling $25,000 per year. All students receive teaching assistantships in both creative writing and freshman composition. In addition to their teaching stipends, all students receive complete tuition remission plus scholarships.

Other Features: 

Fiction writers and poets are admitted in alternating years. Persons wishing to write poetry should apply in even-numbered years. Persons wishing to write fiction should apply in odd-numbered years. UW–Madison’s English Department permits its PhD students the opportunity to request a minor in creative writing. The program does not offer a PhD in creative writing.

For admission in fall 2021, the program will accept poetry students.