University of New Orleans

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MFA Program

Program Established: 
1991
Location: 
New Orleans, LA
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Full
Duration: 
3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
20-25
Application Deadline: 
February 1, 2020
Application Fee: 
$40
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 organizations. Internship opportunities also available.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program also offers degrees in playwriting and encourages cross-genre study. Students can 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 frequent Visiting Writers, weekly outings to pubs and a student-run monthly reading series. Other features include opportunities to work with Bayou Magazine and to study abroad in Cork, Ireland, and Brunnenburg, Italy, during the summers. The program also participates in the Tennessee Williams Festival, Words and Music, and Faulkner for All festivals.