MFA Programs Database

Our MFA database includes essential information about low- and full-residency graduate creative writing programs in the United States and other English-speaking countries to help you decide where to apply.

  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Susan Musgrave
    Fiction: Nancy Lee, Annabel Lyon
    Nonfiction: Wayne Grady, Kevin Chong, Deborah Campbell
    Graphic Novel: Sarah Leavitt

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Program Size:
    Deadline: 10/17/16
  • Davis, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Joshua Clover, Jack Hicks, Katie Peterson, Joe Wenderoth
    Fiction: Lucy Corin, Jack Hicks, Pam Houston, Yiyun Li
    Nonfiction: Joshua Clover, Pam Houston, Katie Peterson, Joe Wenderoth

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 24
    Deadline: 1/5/17
  • Irvine, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Amy Gerstler, Michael Ryan
    Fiction: Ron Carlson, Michelle Latiolais

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 24
    Deadline: 12/9/16
  • Riverside, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Allison Hedge Coke, Katie Ford, Allison White
    Fiction: Charmaine Craig, Joshua Emmons, Stephen Erickson, Nalo Hopkinson, Michael Jayme, Laila Lalami, Goldberry Long, Jane Smiley, Susan Straight, Andrew Winer
    Nonfiction: Reza Aslan, Emily Rapp Black, Tom Lutz

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 40
    Deadline: 1/5/17
  • Palm Desert, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jill Alexander Essbaum, Anthony McCann
    Fiction: Elizabeth Crane, Gina Frangello, Tod Goldberg, Stephen Graham Jones, Mary Otis, Rob Roberge, Mark Haskell Smith, Mary Yukari Waters
    Nonfiction: Emily Rapp, Deanne Stillman, David L. Ulin

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Program Size: 100
    Deadline: 2/1/17
  • La Jolla, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Ben Doller, Brandon Som
    Fiction: Camille Forbes, Anna Joy Springer

    Genre: Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 15
    Deadline: 12/1/16
  • Conway, AR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sandy Longhorn, Mark Spitzer
    Fiction: Garry Craig Powell, Mark Spitzer, John Vanderslice
    Nonfiction: Jennifer Case, Garry Craig Powell, Mark Spitzer, Stephanie Vanderslice

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 818
    Deadline: 2/1/17
  • Orlando, FL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Obi Nwakanma, Ephraim Scott Sommers, Don Stap, Terry Ann Thaxton
    Fiction: Susan Hubbard, David James Poissant, Darlin' Neal, Cecilia Milanés
    Nonfiction: Jocelyn Bartkevicius, Lisa Roney, Laurie Rachkus Uttich

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 36
    Deadline: 1/5/17
  • Edmond, OK
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Tod Egerton, Matt Hollrah, Iliana Rocha
    Fiction: Adam Davies, Constance Squires
    Nonfiction: Adam Davies

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 22
    Deadline: 9/15/16
  • Cincinnati, OH
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Don Bogen, James Cummins, John Drury
    Fiction: Chris Bachelder, Michael Griffith, Leah Stewart.
    Nonfiction: Kristen Iversen

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 10-15
    Deadline: 1/15/17
  • Cincinnati, OH
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Don Bogen, James Cummins, John Drury
    Fiction: Chris Bachelder, Michael Griffith, Leah Stewart
    Nonfiction: Kristen Iversen

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 25-30
    Deadline: 1/15/17
  • Boulder, CO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Julie Carr, Noah Eli Gordon, Ruth Ellen Kocher
    Fiction: Jeffrey DeShell, Marcia Douglas, Stephen Graham Jones, Elisabeth Sheffield

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 36
    Deadline: 12/31/15
  • Gainesville, FL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Michael Hofmann, William Logan, Ange Mlinko
    Fiction: Jill Ciment, Amy Hempel, David Leavitt, Padgett Powell

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 36
    Deadline: 1/15/17
  • Athens, GA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Miriam Jacobson, Ed Pavlić, Jed Rasula, Andrew Zawacki, Magdalena Zurawski
    Fiction: Reginald McKnight, Magdalena Zurawski
    Nonfiction: Christopher Pizzino

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 24
    Deadline: 12/2/16
  • Toronto, Canada
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Dionne Brand
    Fiction: Catherine Bush

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size:
    Deadline: 12/5/16
  • Houston, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Nick Flynn, Tony Hoagland, Kevin Prufer, Martha Serpas, Roberto Tejada
    Fiction: Robert Boswell, Audrey Colombe, Chitra Divakaruni, Matthew Johnson, Antonya Nelson, Alexander Parsons, Peter Turchi
    Nonfiction: Audrey Colombe, Peter Turchi

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 81 (MFA and PhD students combined)
    Deadline: 1/2/17
  • Houston, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Nick Flynn, Tony Hoagland, Kevin Prufer, Martha Serpas, Roberto Tejada
    Fiction: Robert Boswell, Audrey Colombe, Chitra Divakaruni, Matthew Johnson, Antonya Nelson, Alexander Parsons, Peter Turchi
    Nonfiction: Audrey Colombe, Peter Turchi

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 81 (MFA and PhD students combined)
    Deadline: 1/2/17
  • Moscow, ID
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Ron McFarland, Michael McGriff, Alexandra Teague
    Fiction: Kim Barnes, Daniel Orozco
    Nonfiction: Kim Barnes, Scott Slovic

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 40
    Deadline: 1/15/17
  • Chicago, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Christina Pugh, Roger Reeves, Luis Urrea, Anne Winters
    Fiction: Christopher Grimes, Cris Mazza, Anne Mary Mohanraj, Luis Urrea, Eugene Wildman
    Nonfiction: Anne Mary Mohanraj, Luis Urrea

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 10
    Deadline: 2/1/17
  • Chicago, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Christina Pugh, Roger Reeves, Luis Urrea, Anne Winters 
    Fiction: Christopher Grimes, Cris Mazza, Anne Mary Mohanraj, Luis Urrea, Eugene Wildman
    Nonfiction: Anne Mary Mohanraj, Luis Urrea

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 25
    Deadline: 12/15/16
  • Urbana, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Janice N. Harrington, Bridgit Peegen Kelly, Michael Madonick
    Fiction: Ted Sanders, Alex Shakar

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 18
    Deadline: 12/4/16
  • Iowa City, IA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    John D'Agata, Patricia Foster, Kerry Howley, Jeff Porter, Bonnie Sunstein, Inara Verzemnieks

    Genre: Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 10-15
    Deadline: 1/1/17
  • Iowa City, IA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: James Galvin, Mark Levine, Elizabeth Willis
    Fiction: Ethan Canin, Lan Samantha Chang, Charles D'Ambrosio, Margot Livesey, Ayana Mathis

    The 2016–2017 visiting faculty includes poets Josh Bell, Brian Blanchfield, Suzanne Buffam, Jane Mead, and Prageeta Sharma; and fiction writers Kevin Brockmeier, V. V. Ganeshananthan, and Bennett Sims.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 100
    Deadline: 12/15/16
  • Lawrence, KS
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Joseph Harrington, Megan Kaminski
    Fiction: Kij Johnson, Tom Lorenz, Laura Moriarty

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 30
    Deadline: 12/31/16
  • Lexington, KY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Julia Johnson, DaMaris Hill, Frank X Walker
    Fiction: Andrew Ewell, Manuel Gonzales, Gurney Norman, Hannah Pittard
    Nonfiction: Erik Reece, Janet Eldred

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 12–20
    Deadline: 3/15/17

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