University of New Orleans

MFA Program

Program Established: 
New Orleans, LA
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
January 15, 2018
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
M. O. Walsh
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: John Gery, Carolyn Hembree
Fiction: Fredrick Barton, Barb Johnson, Joanna Leake, M. O. Walsh
Nonfiction: Randy Bates, Richard Goodman
Playwriting: Justin Maxwell
Screenwriting: Henry Griffin, Erik Hansen

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers teaching, research, and administrative assistantships. The program fully funds some, but not all students.

The program also offers tutoring positions, editorial positions at Bayou Magazine and UNO Press, positions with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, Greater New Orleans Writing Project, the Neighborhood Story Project, and other Graduate Awards. Internship opportunities also available through Theatre at St Claude, WWNO (NPR station) and Big Class.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program offers degrees in playwriting and screenwriting, in addition to degrees in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Students can also take a Publishing Lab course, where they work on a title that will be published by UNO press and learn everything from manuscript edits to book design to layout to internet marketing.

The program hosts weekly outings to pubs and a student-run monthly reading series. Other features include opportunities to work with Bayou Magazine  and to study abroad during the summers. The program also participates in the Tennessee Williams Festival.