University of East Anglia

MFA Program

Program Established: 
Norwich, England
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
May 1, 2019
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Professor Andrew Cowan
Core Faculty Includes: 

Trezza Azzopardi, Amit Chaudhuri, Andrew Cowan, Giles Foden, Philip Langeskov, Jean McNeil, Henry Sutton, Naomi Wood

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers full and partial funding.  There are currently 11 donor-funded scholarships, ranging from a £1,000 fee waiver to the Booker Foundation Scholarship, which covers fees and living expenses to a value of £25,000. There are currently also three School-funded scholarships, including the North American Bursary, which is equivalent to a full-fees waiver. 

The first year of the MFA follows the MA course structure, and all scholarships are only available for the first year.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 

The Egg Box imprint of the UEA Publishing Project publishes an annual anthology in five separate volumes (Prose Fiction, Poetry, Scriptwriting, Non-Fiction, Crime Writing) of graduate work.

Other Features: 

The UEA International Literary Festival, a rolling program of writer events, has been running since 1992 and has regularly featured writers such as Margaret Atwood, Junot Díaz, Richard Ford, Joseph Heller, Kazuo Ishiguro, Doris Lessing, Norman Mailer, Ian McEwan, Arthur Miller, Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, Grace Paley, Salman Rushdie, George Saunders, William Styron, and Kurt Vonnegut. In recent years, many of our visitors have given private masterclasses for MA/MFA students.

UEA is situated in Norwich, England’s first UNESCO City of Literature, a designation that we marked with the creation of a Visiting Professorship that has been held by, among others, novelists Margaret Atwood and Ali Smith, dramatist Timberlake Wertenbaker, and crime writer Ian Rankin.

Our MFA includes a year-long module in the Theory & Practice of Creative Writing Pedagogy and all students are offered opportunities to teach local schoolchildren and UEA undergraduates.


Graduates of the University of East Anglia’s graduate creative writing program include Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan, Anne Enright, John Boyne, and Tracy Chevalier. A full list may be found here