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.

  • San Francisco, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Anne Bluethenthal, Carolyn Cooke, and Cindy Shearer

    Genre: Cross-Genre
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 10-12 each semester
    Deadline: 1/4/18
  • Valencia, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Tisa Bryant, Brian Evenson, Doug Kearney, Janet Sarbanes, Matias Viegener, Jon Wagner, Christine Wertheim

    Genre: Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 15–20
    Deadline: 12/1/17
  • Long Beach, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: David Hernandez, Bill Mohr, Patty Seyburn, Charles Webb
    Fiction: Stephen Cooper, Lisa Glatt, Suzanne Greenberg, Rafael Zepeda

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 1/15/18
  • Pittsburgh, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Richard Blanco (US faculty), Jean O'Brien (Ireland faculty)
    Fiction: Joseph Bathanti (US faculty); Evelyn Conlon and Carlo Gébler (Ireland faculty)
    Nonfiction: Diane Glancy (US faculty); Carlo Gébler and Brian Leyden (Ireland faculty)

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 30 per year
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Allentown, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jeffrey Greene, Gwyneth Lewis, Peter Streckfus, Kathryn Rhett
    Fiction: Keija Parssinen, Robert Antoni, Aleksandar Hemon, Karan Mahajan, Jake Lamar, Diana Spechler, Dinaw Mengestu, David Bezmozgis
    Nonfiction: Kathryn Rhett, Jason Wilson, Gwyneth Lewis, Jeffrey Greene

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 10-12 per year
    Deadline: 12/1/17
  • Orange, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Anna Leahy
    Fiction: Mark Axelrod, Richard Bausch, Jim Blaylock, Alicia Kozameh, Martin Nakell
    Nonfiction: Tom Zoellner

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 24
    Deadline: 2/1/18
  • Pittsburgh, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Heather McNaugher, Sheila Squillante, Sheryl St. Germain
    Fiction: Sherrie Flick, Marc Nieson, Sarah Shotland
    Nonfiction: Marc Nieson, Sheryl St. Germain

     

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 40
    Deadline: 1/15/18
  • Pittsburgh, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Dilruba Ahmed, Heather McNaugher, Sheila Squillante
    Fiction: Karen Bender, Sherrie Flick, Derek Green, Elise Levine, Marc Nieson
    Nonfiction: Mel Fox, Suzanne Roberts, Sheila Squillante, Sheryl St. Germain

    Recent/Visiting Faculty Includes:
    Poetry: Camille Dungy, Julia Spicher Kasdorf, Jeff Oaks
    Fiction: Christopher Barzak, Wiley Cash, Sherrie Flick, Tim Parrish
    Nonfiction: Lori Jakiela, BK Loren, Kathryn Miles, Dinty W. Moore

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 7-10
    Deadline: 11/15/17
  • Chicago, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Kelly Norman Ellis, Sandra Jackson-Opoku, Quraysh Ali Lansana
    Fiction: Sandra Jackson-Opoku, Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu
    Nonfiction: Brenda E. Aghahowa

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 7–10
    Deadline: 10/15/17
  • New York, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: David Groff, Michelle Valladares
    Fiction: Salar Abdoh, Mark Mirsky, Emily Raboteau
    Nonfiction: David Groff, Emily Raboteau
    YA Fiction: Pam Laskin

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 102
    Deadline: 10/1/17
  • Charleston, NC
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Gary Jackson, Emily Rosko
    Fiction: Lindsey Drager, Bret Lott, Anthony Varallo

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 2/1/18
  • New Rochelle, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Fiction: Steven Hobbs, Mitchell Jackson, Sophie McManus, Bushra Rehman, Jackson Taylor
    Nonfiction: Amy Bass, David Goewey, Nereida Seguro Rico, Nick Smart, Daniel Smith

    Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 16
    Deadline: 2/15/18
  • Fort Collins, CO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Dan Beachy-Quick, Matthew Cooperman, Camille Dungy, Sasha Steensen
    Fiction: Andrew Altschul, Leslee Becker, Judy Doenges, E. J. Levy
    Nonfiction: Harrison Candelaria Fletcher, E. J. Levy, Deborah Thompson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8–12
    Deadline: 1/1/18
  • Chicago, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jenny Boully, CM Burroughs, Lisa Fishman, Matthew Shenoda, Tony Trigilio, David Trinidad
    Fiction: Don DeGrazia, Aleksandar Hemon, Garnett Kilberg-Cohen, Patricia Ann McNair, Joseph Meno, Alexis Pride, Sam Weller
    Nonfiction: Jenny Boully, T Fleischmann, Aleksandar Hemon, Aviya Kushner, David Lazar, Patricia Ann McNair, Sam Weller

    The Liberal Arts and Sciences Emerging Writer-in-Residence for 2015–2018 is nonfiction writer T Fleischmann.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 36
    Deadline: 1/13/18
  • New York, NY
    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 135
    Deadline: 1/5/18
  • Saint Paul, MN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Fiction: Brittany Fonte, John Jodzio, Christopher Klim, Matt Ryan
    Creative Nonfiction: Debra Beilke, Eric Dregni, Rachel Moritz

    Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Online
    Incoming Class Size: 20-30
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Spartanburg, SC
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Suzanne Cleary, Denise Duhamel, Albert Goldbarth, Rick Mulkey, Richard Tillinghast
    Fiction: Marlin Barton, C. Michael Curtis, Tommy Hays (YA fiction), Cary Holladay, Robert Olmstead, Leslie Pietrzyk, Susan Tekulve
    Nonfiction: C. Michael Curtis, Jim Minick, Susan Tekulve, Richard Tillinghast, Dan Wakefield

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 14-16
    Deadline: 10/1/17
  • Ithaca, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Alice Fulton, Ishion Hutchinson, Joanie Mackowski, Robert Ray Morgan, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
    Fiction: John Robert Lennon, Ernesto Quiñonez, Stephanie Vaughn, Helena Maria Viramontes

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8
    Deadline: 12/15/17
  • Ithaca, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Alice Fulton, Ishion Hutchinson, Joanie Mackowski, Robert Ray Morgan, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
    Fiction: John Robert Lennon, Ernesto Quiñonez, Stephanie Vaughn, Helena Maria Viramontes

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 12/15/17
  • Omaha, NE
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Trey Moody
    Fiction: David Philip Mullins, Brent Spencer
    Nonfiction: Brent Spencer

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Chicago, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Richard Jones
    Fiction: Dan Stolar, Rebecca Johns Trissler
    Nonfiction: Ted Anton, Barrie Jean Borich, Miles Harvey, Michele Morano

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20-30
    Deadline: 1/15/18
  • San Rafael, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Joan Baranow, Judy Halebsky
    Fiction: Thomas Burke
    Nonfiction: Perry Guevara

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 15-20
    Deadline: 5/1/18
  • Madison, NJ
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Aracelis Girmay, Alicia Ostriker, Sean Nevin, Mihaela Moscaliuc, Sarah Vap, Judith Vollmer, Michael Waters, Ellen Doré Watson, Afaa Michael Weaver

    Genre: Poetry
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 15 each year
    Deadline: 10/15/17
  • La Grande, OR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: David Axelrod, Jennifer Boyden, James Crews, Christopher Howell
    Fiction: Barry Kitterman, Megan Kruse, James Stolen
    Nonfiction: Justin Hocking, Jodi Varon
    Wilderness Writing: David Axelrod, Justin Hocking, James Stolen

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline:
  • Spokane, WA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Christopher Howell, Jonathan Johnson
    Fiction: Samuel Ligon, Gregory Spatz
    Nonfiction: Natalie Kusz, Rachel Toor

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 30
    Deadline: 2/16/18

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