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.

  • Bronxville, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Suzanne Gardinier, Alan Gilbert, Aracelis Girmay, Matthea Harvey, Cathy Park Hong, Marie Howe, Jeffrey McDaniel, Dennis Nurkse, Claudia Rankine, Martha Rhodes
    Fiction: Wesley Brown, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Carolyn Ferrell, Garth Risk Hallberg, David Hollander, April Mosolino, Nelly Reifler, David Ryan, Joan Silber, Martha Southgate, Frederick Strype, Matthew Thomas, Kate Zambreno
    Nonfiction: Jo Ann Beard, Vinson Cunningham, Melissa Febos, Jessica Hendry Nelson, Suzanne Hoover, Stephen O’Connor, Vijay Seshadri, Jake Slichter, Alice Truax, Dan Zevin
    Speculative Fiction: Paul LaFarge, Lincoln Michel, Daniel José Older, Nelly Reifler

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 60–65
    Deadline: 12/15/17
  • Savannah, GA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Atlanta: Stephanie Batcos, Christopher Bundy, Jamie Iredell, Catherine Ramsdell, Darby Sanders
    Savannah: Beth Concepción, Andrea Goto, Lee Griffith, Harrison Key, James Lough, Jonathan Rabb

    Genre: Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full, Online
    Incoming Class Size: Atlanta: 20; Savannah: 20; Online: 20
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Savannah, GA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Atlanta: Stephanie Batcos, Christopher Bundy, Jamie Iredell, Catherine Ramsdell, Darby Sanders
    Savannah: Beth Concepción, Andrea Goto, Lee Griffith, Harrison Key, James Lough, Jonathan Rabb

    Genre: Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full, Online
    Incoming Class Size: Atlanta: 20; Savannah: 20; Online: 20
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Chicago, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Calvin Forbes, Ruth Margraff, James McManus
    Fiction: Jesse Ball, Janet Desaulniers, Calvin Forbes, Sara Levine, James McManus, Beth Nugent
    Nonfiction: Sara Levine, James McManus
    Cross-Genre: Sally Alatalo, Mark Booth, Janet Desaulniers, Ruth Margraff, Beth Nugent

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20-25
    Deadline: 1/10/18
  • New York, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Thomas Beard, Debra Bricker Balken, Emmanuel Iduma, Jennifer Krasinski, Dejan Lukic, Siddhartha Mitter, Nancy Princenthal, Charles Stein, David Levi Strauss, Michael Taussig, Lynne Tillman, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

    Genre: Not Genre-Specific
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 2/1/18
  • Seattle, WA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Robert Cording, Jeanne Murray Walker
    Fiction: Robert Clark, Gina Ochsner
    Nonfiction: Susanne Antonetta, Lauren F. Winner

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 8-9 per residency
    Deadline: 11/15/17
  • Greensburg, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Michael Arnzen, Lee McClain, Nicole Peeler, Albert Wendland

    Genre: Fiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 30-50 per year
    Deadline: 3/22/18
  • Sewanee, TN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Nickole Brown, Charles Martin
    Fiction: Chris Bachelder, Michael Griffith, Adrianne Harun, Jamie Quatro
    Nonfiction: Neil Shea, Meera Subramanian, John Jeremiah Sullivan
    Playwriting: Arlene Hutton

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 18
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Incline Village, NV
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Carolyn Forché, Patricia Smith, Brian Turner, Nathalie Handal, John Murillo, Lee Herrick, Laura McCullough, Gailmarie Pahmeier, June Saraceno, Laura Wetherington

    Fiction: Alan Heathcock, Rebecca Makkai, Daniel Chacón, Randa Jarrar, Christian Kiefer, Peter Mountford, Mike McCormack, Joanne Meschery, Tim Hernandez, Patrick Hicks

    Nonfiction: Lacy M. Johnson, Paul Lisicky, Steven Church, Benjamin Busch, Suzanne Roberts, Kelle Groom, Brian Turner

    Writing for Children and Young Adults: Pablo Cartaya, Lisa Papademetriou, Joe McGee, Gayle Brandeis, Isabel Quintero, Jess Regel

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 15 per residency
    Deadline: 12/1/17
  • New Haven, CT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jeff Mock, Vivian Shipley
    Fiction: Rachel Furey, Tim Parrish
    Creative Nonfiction: Rachel Furey, Tim Parrish

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 3/1/18
  • Carbondale, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Judy Jordan, Allison Joseph
    Fiction: Pinckney Benedict, Scott Blackwood, Beth Lordan

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8-10
    Deadline: 2/1/18
  • Louisville, KY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Debra Kang Dean, Kathleen Driskell, Maureen Morehead, Greg Pape, Jeanie Thompson

    Fiction: Julie Brickman, K. L. Cook, Leslie Daniels, Pete Duval, Kirby Gann, Rachel M. Harper, Roy Hoffman, Silas House, Fenton Johnson, Robin Lippincott, Jody Lisberger, Nancy McCabe, Eleanor Morse, Sena Jeter Naslund, Elaine Neil Orr, John Pipkin, Neela Vaswani, Crystal Wilkinson

    Nonfiction: Dianne Aprile, Roy Hoffman, Fenton Johnson, Nancy McCabe, Elaine Neil Orr, Neela Vaswani, Rebecca Walker

    Writing for Children & Young Adults: Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Beth Bauman, Lamar Giles, Edith M. Hemingway, Lesléa Newman

    Screenwriting: Larry Brenner, Helena Kriel, Sam Zalutsky

    Playwriting: Gabriel Jason Dean, Kira Obolensky, Eric Schmiedl, Charlie Schulman

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 15-20 per residency
    Deadline: 2/1/18
  • Brooklyn, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Annie Finch
    Fiction: Marlon James
    Play/Screenwriting: Kathryn Grant

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 8
    Deadline: 11/17/17
  • DeLand, FL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Cyriaco Lopes, Rosa Alcalá, Urayoán Noel, Jena Osman, Terri Witek
    Fiction: Teresa Carmody, Angie Cruz, Laurie Foos

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 20 each year
    Deadline: 12/1/17
  • Portland, ME
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Ted Deppe, Martín Espada, Amanda Johnston, Debra Marquart, Indigo Moor

    Fiction: Rick Bass, Sarah Braunstein, Breena Clarke, David Anthony Durham, Aaron Hamburger, Elizabeth Hand, Indigo Moor, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Elizabeth Searle, Suzanne Strempek Shea, Justin Tussing

    Genre Fiction: David Anthony Durham, Theodora Goss, Elizabeth Hand, Nancy Holder, James Patrick Kelly, Elizabeth Searle

    Nonfiction: Rick Bass, Susan Conley, T. Fleischmann, Aaron Hamburger, Debra Marquart, Suzanne Strempek Shea

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 18 per residency
    Deadline: 3/1/18
  • Southampton, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Star Black, Billy Collins, Cornelius Eady, Julie Sheehan
    Fiction: Melissa Bank, Ursula Hegi, Amy Hempel, Kaylie Jones, Matthew Klam, Patricia McCormick, Dan Menaker, Susan Scarf Merrell, Robert Reeves, Frederic Tuten, Emma Walton Hamilton, Meg Wolitzer
    Nonfiction: Neal Gabler, Patricia Marx, Roger Rosenblatt, Lou Ann Walker

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 15-25
    Deadline: 1/1/18
  • Buffalo, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Judith Goldman, Myung Mi Kim, Steve McCaffery
    Fiction: Dimitri Anastasopoulos, Christina Milletti, Nnedi Okorafor

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 16
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Syracuse, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Michael Burkard, Brooks Haxton, Mary Karr, Christopher Kennedy, Bruce Smith
    Fiction: Jonathan Dee, Arthur Flowers, George Saunders, Dana Spiotta

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 12/15/17
  • Philadelphia, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jena Osman, Brian Teare
    Fiction: Don Lee, Joan Mellen, Liz Moore, Alan Singer

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 12/15/17
  • San Marcos, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Cyrus Cassells, Roger Jones, Cecily Parks, Kathleen Peirce, Steve Wilson
    Fiction: Doug Dorst, Jennifer duBois, Tom Grimes, Debra Monroe, Tim O’Brien

    The 2017–2019 visiting faculty is fiction writer Karen Russell.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20
    Deadline: 1/15/18
  • New York, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Mark Bibbins, Elaine Equi, Hettie Jones, David Lehman, Robert Polito, Laurie Sheck
    Fiction: Ann-Marie Hood, Shelley Jackson, Luis Jaramillo, Katie Kitamura, James Lasdun, Patrick McGrath, Sigrid Nunez, Dale Peck, John Reed, Helen Schulman, Darcey Steinke, Stephen Wright
    Nonfiction: Susan Cheever, John Freeman, Zia Jaffrey, Suzannah Lessard-Soeiro, Honor Moore, Benjamin Taylor, Brenda Wineapple

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 95
    Deadline: 1/15/18
  • Brooklyn, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Chris Adrian, Randall Horton, Kamilah Aisha Moon
    Prose: Angela Flournoy, Steven Hobbs, Hari Kunzru, Ayana Mathis, Bernice L. McFadden, Sophie McManus, Flaminia Ocampo, Taylor Plimpton, Danyel Smith, Jackson Taylor

    Genre: Not Genre-Specific
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12-15
    Deadline: 2/15/18
  • Tuscaloosa, AL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Robin Behn, Joel Brouwer, John Estes, Heidi Lynn Staples, L. Lamar Wilson
    Fiction: Michael Martone, Wendy Rawlings, Kellie Wells
    Nonfiction: Hali Felt, Michael Martone, Wendy Rawlings

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 16-20
    Deadline: 12/20/17
  • Anchorage, AK
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Anne Caston
    Fiction: Jo-Ann Mapson
    Nonfiction: Sherry Simpson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 15
    Deadline: 1/15/18
  • Fairbanks, AK
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: To be announced
    Fiction: Gerri Brightwell, Kyle Mellen
    Nonfiction: Daryl Farmer
    Dramatic Writing: Leonard Kamerling

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5-7
    Deadline: 1/15/18

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