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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.

  • Waleska, GA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Donna Coffey Little, Laura Newbern, William Walsh, Will Wright
    Fiction: Ray Atkins, Anne Corbitt, Soniah Kamal, Gray Stewart, John Williams
    Nonfiction: Anjali Enjeti
    Scriptwriting/Playwriting: Michael Lucker, Scott Wilkerson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 15
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Chicago, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Fiction: Kyle Beachy, Christian TeBordo
    Nonfiction: Regina Buccola

    Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8–12
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Bryn Mawr, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Courtney Bambrick, Grant Clauser, Christine Salvatore
    Fiction: Erin Kelly, Carla (C.J.) Spataro, Randall Brown, Jennifer Fenn
    Nonfiction: Jennifer Steil
    Dramatic Writing: Roman Colombo

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Camden, NJ
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Gregory Pardlo, Patrick Rosal
    Fiction & Nonfiction: Lauren Grodstein, Paul Lisicky, Lisa Zeidner

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10–12
    Deadline: 1/17/21
  • Newark, NJ
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Rigoberto González, Rachel Hadas, Cathy Park Hong, Brenda Shaughnessy
    Fiction: Alice Elliott Dark, John Keene, Akil Kumarasamy, Naomi Jackson
    Nonfiction: James Goodman, Salamishah Tillet

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 16
    Deadline: 12/15/20
  • Moraga, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Brenda Hillman, Matthew Zapruder
    Fiction: Lysley Tenorio
    Nonfiction: Marilyn Abildskov

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 24
    Deadline: 12/10/20
  • Huntsville, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Ginger Ko, Nick Lantz
    Fiction: Scott Kaukonen, Katie Jean Shinkle
    Nonfiction: Scott Kaukonen, Katie Jean Shinkle​

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5–6
    Deadline: 10/15/20
  • San Diego, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sandra Alcosser, Blas Falconer

    Fiction: Harold Jaffe, Stephen-Paul Martin, April Wilder

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20
    Deadline: 2/1/21
  • San Francisco, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Maxine Chernoff, Paul Hoover, Andrew Joron
    Fiction: Michelle Carter, Nona Caspers, Joseph Cassara, May-lee Chai, Maxine Chernoff, Carolina De Robertis, Andrew Joron, Michael David Lukas, Chanan Tigay
    Translation: Maxine Chernoff, Carolina De Robertis, Paul Hoover, Andrew Joron
    Playwriting: Michelle Carter

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20
    Deadline: 2/1/21
  • San Francisco, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Joseph Cassara, Maxine Chernoff, Paul Hoover, Andrew Joron
    Fiction: Michelle Carter, Nona Caspers, May-lee Chai, Maxine Chernoff, Carolina De Robertis, Tonya Foster, Andrew Joron, Michael David Lukas, Chanan Tigay
    Creative Nonfiction: Tonya Foster, Chanan Tigay
    Literary Translation: Maxine Chernoff, Carolina De Robertis, Paul Hoover, Andrew Joron
    Playwriting: Michelle Carter

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 30
    Deadline: 2/1/21
  • San Jose, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sally Ashton (Visitng Faculty), Alan Soldofsky
    Fiction: Selena Anderson, Keenen Norris, Nick Taylor
    Nonfiction: Thomas Moriarty, Keenan Norris
    Playwriting/Screenwriting: Matthew Spangler

    Recent Lurie Distinguished Authors-in-Residence include Cristina Garcia, Vendela Vida, Andrew Sean Greer,  Don George, ZZ Packer, and Faith Adiele. In Spring 2021: Ellen Bass. 

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 2/1/21
  • Bronxville, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Anaïs Duplan, Suzanne Gardinier, Matthea Harvey, Marie Howe, Jeffrey McDaniel, Dennis Nurkse, Afaa Michael Weaver
.

    Fiction: Carolyn Ferrell, Myla Goldberg, Garth Risk Hallberg, David Hollander, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Victoria Redel, Nelly Reifler, David Ryan
.

    Nonfiction: Jo Ann Beard, Vinson Cunningham, Heather Harpham, T Kira Madden, Vijay Seshadri, Jacob Slichter, Cliff Thompson, Kate Zambreno.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 30–40
    Deadline: 1/10/21
  • Atlanta, GA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Atlanta: Christopher Bundy, Paige Gray, Catherine Ramsdell, Darby Sanders, Carlie Sorosiak
    Savannah: Andrea Goto, Lee Griffith, James Lough, Chris Millis, Jonathan Rabb

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

    Poetry: Ruth Margraff, James McManus
    Fiction: Jesse Ball, Janet Desaulniers, 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: 1/10/21
  • Seattle, WA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Mischa Willet, Jennifer Maier
    Fiction: Robert Clark, Gine Ochsner
    Nonfiction: Susanne Antonetta, Lauren F. Winner
    Young Adult Fiction: Bryan Bliss, Sara Zarr

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 9-12 per residency
    Deadline: 11/1/20
  • Greensburg, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Michael Arnzen, Lee McClain, Nicole Peeler, Albert Wendland

    Genre: Fiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 10-20 per residency
    Deadline: 3/22/21
  • Sewanee, TN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Nickole Brown, Tiana Clark, Charles Martin
    Fiction: Chris Bachelder, Lee Conell, Michael Griffith, Adrianne Harun, Jamie Quatro
    Nonfiction: Kelly Grey Carlisle, Neil Shea, Meera Subramanian, John Jeremiah Sullivan

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Other
    Incoming Class Size: 12-24
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Incline Village, NV
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Carolyn Forché, Nathalie Handal, Lee Herrick, Laura McCullough, John Murillo, Gailmarie Pahmeier, June Saraceno, Patricia Smith, Brian Turner, Laura Wetherington
    Fiction: Natalie Baszile, Alan Heathcock, Tim Hernandez, Patrick Hicks, Rebecca Makkai, Joanne Meschery, Peter Mountford, Sunil Yapa
    Nonfiction: Gayle Brandeis, Benjamin Busch, Steven Church, Kelle Groom, Lacy M. Johnson, Suzanne Roberts, Kristal Sital, Brian Turner, Arianne Zwartjes

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 15 per residency
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • 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: 3/1/21
  • Carbondale, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Judy Jordan, Allison Joseph
    Fiction: Pinckney Benedict, Rebekah Frumkin

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8-10
    Deadline: 2/1/21
  • Edwardsville, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Tiana Clark, Joshua Kryah
    Fiction: Geoff Schmidt, Valerie Vogrin

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5-10
    Deadline: 2/1/21
  • Manchester, NH
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Heather Demetrios, Kristen I.K. Flournoy, Yi Shuan Lai, Joan F. Smith, Paul Witcover. 

    For full list of faculty, please visit program link. 
     

    Genre: Fiction
    Residency: Online
    Incoming Class Size: 50 per average cohort (12 students per course)
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Louisville, KY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry:  Debra Kang Dean, Kathleen Driskell, Lynnell Edwards, Erin Keane, Douglas Manuel, Greg Pape, Maggie Smith, Jeanie Thompson, Keith S. Wilson

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

    Nonfiction: Dianne Aprile, Roy Hoffman, Jason Kyle Howard, Fenton Johnson, Robin Lippincott, Nancy McCabe, Elaine Neil Orr, Neela Vaswani, Rebecca Walker

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

    Screenwriting: Larry Brenner, Helena Kriel, Bruce Marshall Romans, 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: 8/1/20
  • Brooklyn, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Felice Belle, Mahogany Browne, Annie Finch
    Fiction: Jamel Brinkley, Theo Gangi, Marlon James, Lincoln Michel, Jason Starr
    Play/Screenwriting: Ben Snyder

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 8 each year
    Deadline: 10/1/20
  • New Smyrna Beach and various international locations, FL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Cyriaco Lopes, Urayoán Noel, Jena Osman, and Terri Witek.
    Prose: Teresa Carmody, Sarah Gerard, Veronica Gonzalez-Peña, Stephanie Sauer

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 20 each year
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions

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