Virginia Commonwealth University

MFA Program

Program Established: 
1983
Location: 
Richmond, VA
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction
Residency: 
Full
Duration: 
3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
8
Application Deadline: 
January 15, 2018
Application Fee: 
$65
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Thom Didato
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Gregory Donovan, Kathleen Graber, David Wojahn
Fiction: Susann Cokal, Tom De Haven, Clint McCown, Hanna Pylväinen
Nonfiction: Sonja Livingston, Lina Maria Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers full funding. All current full-time MFA students are provided graduate teaching assistantships, which includes a full tuition waiver and annual stipends ranging from $14,000-$24,000 for all three years of the program.

The program does not fund (but does accept) part-time students and occasionally places some select full-time applicants on a funding waitlist.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program hosts a visiting writing series. Other features include opportunities to coordinate the Cabell First Novelist Award, the Larry Levis Reading Prize, and the Rebecca Mitchell Tarumoto Short Fiction Prize; and stipends to travel or attend literary conferences.

Graduates: 

Anna Journey, Tarfia Faizullah, Emilia Phillips, Sheri Reynolds