Institute of American Indian Arts MFA in Creative Writing

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
Santa Fe, NM
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
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Application Deadline: 
February 1, 2023
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Contact Name: 
Deborah Jackson Taffa
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Esther Belin, Sherwin Bitsui, Abigail Chabitnoy, Joan Naviyuk Kane, Layli Long Soldier
Fiction: Ramona Ausubel, Kelli Jo Ford, Brandon Hobson, Pam Houston, Chip Livingston, Tommy Orange, Jamie Figueroa, Morgan Talty
Nonfiction: Kimberly Blaeser, Danielle Geller, Toni Jensen, Deborah Taffa, Dave Treuer
Screenwriting: Geoff Harris, Brooke Swaney Pepion

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers a range of merit-based scholarships.

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The program emphasizes Native American and First Nations writing. The program offers a degree in screenwriting, in addition to degrees in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The program offers a residency-only option for non-degree-seeking applicants.

Students attend two eight-day residencies each year, in January and July, at the Institute of American Indian Arts campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Students also attend a graduation residency in the May of their second year.

The program hosts a visiting writers series.