University of Central Arkansas

MFA Program

Program Established: 
Conway, AR
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
February 1, 2025
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Stephanie Vanderslice
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Acie Clark, Sandy Longhorn
Fiction: M. Shelly Conner, Thais Miller, Stephanie Vanderslice
Nonfiction: Jennie Case, M. Shelly Conner, Stephanie Vanderslice

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding. The program offers teaching assistantships, graduate assistantships in the Writing Center and with the magazines Arkana and Oxford American, and internships.

Travel to conferences such as the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference is also paid for by the program.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program, which has an emphasis on professional development, also offers coursework in publishing, creative writing pedagogy, drama, and screenwriting. The program hosts an artist-in-residence series and the C. D. Wright Women Writers Conference, which students attend for free. Program applicants are not required to take the GRE. 

For any more information, you can also contact M. Shelly Conner at