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.

  • 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
    Program Size: 35-40
    Deadline: 1/10/17
  • New York, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Thomas Beard, Jennifer Krasinski, Claudia LaRocco, Dejan Lukic, Nancy Princenthal, David Levi Strauss, Lynne Tillman

    Genre: Not Genre-Specific
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 20
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • 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
    Program Size: 30
    Deadline: 11/15/16
  • Greensburg, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Michael Arnzen, Lee McClain, Nicole Peeler, Albert Wendland

    Genre: Fiction
    Residency: Low
    Program Size: 20-25
    Deadline: 9/23/16
  • Sewanee, TN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Danny Anderson, Andrew Hudgins
    Fiction: Chris Bachelder, Michael Griffith, Adrianne Harun
    Nonfiction: Neil Shea, John Jeremiah Sullivan

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Program Size: 80
    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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Program Size:
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • New Haven, CT
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 28
    Deadline: 3/1/17
  • Carbondale, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Judy Jordan, Allison Joseph, Jon Tribble
    Fiction: Pinckney Benedict, Scott Blackwood

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 35
    Deadline: 2/1/17
  • Whitefield, NH
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Fiction: Uwem Akpan, Wiley Cash, Jo Knowles, Diane Les Becquets, Benjamin Nugent, Chinelo Okparanta, Lydia Peelle, Justin Taylor, Katherine Towler, Robin Wasserman, Mitch Wieland
    Nonfiction: Richard Adams Carey, Craig Childs, Amy Irvine, Mark Sundeen

    Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Program Size: 60-65
    Deadline: 10/1/16
  • Louisville, KY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Debra Kang Dean, Kathleen Driskell, Shane McCrae, 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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Program Size: 140
    Deadline: 2/1/17
  • Portland, ME
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Ted Deppe, Martín Espada, Debra Marquart, Stephen Motika, David Mura, Alexs Pate, Elena Rivera
    Fiction: Rick Bass, Sarah Braunstein, Breena Clarke, Jae Muncharoen Coffin, Susan Conley, David Anthony Durham, Theodora Goss, Aaron Hamburger, Elizabeth Hand, Nancy Holder, James Patrick Kelly, Michael Kimball,  David Mura, Alexs Pate, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Elizabeth Searle, Suzanne Strempek Shea, Brandon Som, Justin Tussing
    Nonfiction: Rick Bass, Jae Muncharoen Coffin, Susan Conley, T. Fleischmann, Debra Marquart,  David Mura, Suzanne Strempek Shea

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Program Size: 95
    Deadline: 9/15/16
  • Southampton, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Star Black, Billy Collins, Julie Sheehan
    Fiction: Melissa Bank, Ursula Hegi, 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
    Program Size: 90
    Deadline: 1/1/17
  • 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
    Program 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
    Program Size: 36
    Deadline: 12/15/16
  • Philadelphia, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jena Osman, Brian Teare
    Fiction: Mary Gaitskill, Don Lee, Joan Mellen, Alan Singer

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: NR
    Deadline: 12/15/16
  • 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 2016–2017 visiting faculty is fiction writer T. Geronimo Johnson. The 2017–2019 visiting faculty is fiction writer Karen Russell.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 60-65
    Deadline: 1/15/17
  • New York, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 200
    Deadline: 1/15/17
  • 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, Timothy Small, Danyel Smith, Jackson Taylor

    Genre: Not Genre-Specific
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: Approximately 15 students each year
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Tuscaloosa, AL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Robin Behn, Joel Brouwer, Heidi Lynn Staples
    Fiction: Michael Martone, Wendy Rawlings, Kellie Wells
    Nonfiction: Hali Felt, Michael Martone, Wendy Rawlings

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 60
    Deadline: 12/31/16
  • Anchorage, AK
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Program Size: 50
    Deadline: 1/15/17
  • Fairbanks, AK
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Derick Burleson, Sean Hill
    Fiction: Gerri Brightwell
    Nonfiction: Daryl Farmer
    Dramatic Writing: Len Kamerling

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 24-30
    Deadline: 1/15/17
  • Tucson, AZ
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Susan Briante, Farid Matuk, Joshua Marie Wilkinson
    Fiction: Kate Bernheimer, Julie Iromuanya, Manuel Muñoz, Aurelie Sheehan
    Nonfiction: Christopher Cokinos, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Fenton Johnson, Ander Monson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 27
    Deadline: 1/1/17
  • Fayetteville, AR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Geoffrey Brock, Geffrey Davis, Michael Heffernan, Davis McCombs
    Fiction: Ellen Gilchrist, Toni Jensen, Padma Viswanathan
    Translation: John DuVal

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 40
    Deadline: 1/13/17
  • Monticello, AR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sara Nicholson
    Fiction: Lisa Borders, Diane Payne, Mark Spencer
    Nonfiction: Suzanne Cope

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Online
    Program Size: 18
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Baltimore, MD
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Kendra Kopelke, Steve Matanle
    Fiction: Betsy Boyd, Jane Delury
    Nonfiction: Marion Winik

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 75
    Deadline: 5/15/17

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