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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.

  • Portland, ME
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Tara Betts, Martín Espada, Amanda Johnston, Katherine Larson, Debra Marquart, Cate Marvin, Lauren Marie Schmidt, Diane Seuss

    Fiction: JJ Amaworo Wilson, Rick Bass, Breena Clarke, David Anthony Durham, Aaron Hamburger, Elizabeth Hand, Cara Hoffman, Porochista Khakpour, Elizabeth Searle, Suzanne Strempek Shea

    Genre Fiction: Tobias Bucknell, Tom Coash, David Anthony Durham, Theodora Goss, Elizabeth Hand, Nancy Holder, James Patrick Kelly, Robert Levy, Robert V.S. Redick, Elizabeth Searle

    Creative Nonfiction: Faith Adiele, Rick Bass, Susan Conley, T. Clutch Fleischmann, Aaron Hamburger, Richard Hoffman, Katherine Larson, Debra Marquart, Suzanne Strempek Shea

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 18 per residency
    Deadline: 9/1/20
  • Southampton and New York, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Star Black, Billy Collins, Cornelius Eady, Julie Sheehan
    Fiction: Melissa Bank, Molly Gaudry, Paul Harding, Ursula Hegi, Amy Hempel, Kaylie Jones, Matthew Klam, Susan Scarf Merrell, Susan Minot, Robert Reeves, Frederic Tuten, Emma Walton Hamilton, Meg Wolitzer
    Nonfiction: Neal Gabler,  Robert Lopez, Patricia McCormick, Patricia Marx, Roger Rosenblatt, Lou Ann Walker
    Screenwriting: Annette Handley Chandler

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 15-25
    Deadline: 1/1/21
  • Syracuse, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Brooks Haxton, Mary Karr, Christopher Kennedy, Bruce Smith

    Fiction: Mona Awad, Jonathan Dee, George Saunders, Dana Spiotta

    Teaching Faculty: Matthew Grzecki, Sarah Harwell

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 12/15/20
  • Philadelphia, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jena Osman, Yolanda Wisher
    Fiction: Don Lee, Liz Moore, Alan Singer

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 2/15/21
  • San Marcos, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Cyrus Cassells, Roger Jones, Naomi Shihab Nye, Cecily Parks, Kathleen Peirce, Steve Wilson
    Fiction: Doug Dorst, Jennifer duBois, Tom Grimes, Debra Monroe, Tim O’Brien, and Téa Obreht

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20
    Deadline: 1/22/21
  • New York, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Mark Bibbins, Elaine Equi, Robert Polito, Camille Rankine, Laurie Sheck
    Fiction: Ann-Marie Hood, Shelley Jackson, Mira Jacob, Luis Jaramillo, Alexandra Kleeman, James Lasdun, Patrick McGrath, Sigrid Nunez, Dale Peck, John Reed, Helen Schulman, Darcey Steinke, Stephen Wright
    Nonfiction: Susan Cheever, Zia Jaffrey, Suzannah Lessard, Honor Moore, Benjamin Taylor, Brenda Wineapple
    Writing for Children and Young Adults: Coe Booth, Caron Levis, Andrea Pinkney, Tor Seidler

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 95
    Deadline: 1/15/21
  • Brooklyn, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Betsy Bonner, Anaïs Duplan, Randall Horton, Catherine Meehan, Carly Joy Miller
    Prose: David Gates, Steven Hobbs, Lee Clay Johnson, Wayétu Moore

    Past thesis advisors: Paul LaFarge, Lee Clay Johnson, Nathan McClain, Randall Horton, Safiya Sinclair, Joel Whitney, Leah Nanako Winkler

    Past master lecturers have included Amy Hempel, Major Jackson, Mary Gaitskill, Nathan McClain, Francine Prose, and Ocean Vuong.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 3/1/21
  • Albany, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Fiction: Aashish Kaul, Edward Schwarzschild, Lynne Tillman

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-20
    Deadline: 11/1/20
  • Albany, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Fiction: Aashish Kaul, Edward Schwarzschild, Lynne Tillman

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6-8
    Deadline: 1/15/21
  • Buffalo, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Judith Goldman, Myung Mi Kim, Steve McCaffery
    Fiction: Dimitri Anastasopoulos, Christina Milletti

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Tuscaloosa, AL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Robin Behn, John Estes, Kwoya Fagin Maples, Heidi Lynn Staples 
    Fiction: Nana Nkweti, Wendy Rawlings, Kellie Wells
    Nonfiction: Wendy Rawlings

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 16-20
    Deadline: 12/1/20
  • Fairbanks, AK
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sara Eliza Johnson
    Fiction: Gerri Brightwell, Joseph Holt
    Nonfiction: Daryl Farmer
    Dramatic Writing: Leonard Kamerling

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5-8
    Deadline: 1/15/21
  • Tucson, AZ
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Susan Briante, Bojan Louis, Farid Matuk
    Fiction: Kate Bernheimer, Manuel Muñoz, Aurelie Sheehan, Johanna Skibsrud
    Nonfiction: Christopher Cokinos, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Ander Monson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 12/15/20
  • Monticello, AR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sarah Bloom, Jessica Hylton
    Fiction: Kelsey Englert, Mark Spencer
    Nonfiction: Amy Knox Brown, Sheyenne Heller

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Online
    Incoming Class Size: 7
    Deadline: 12/1/20
  • Baltimore, MD
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Steven Leyva
    Fiction: Betsy Boyd, Jane Delury
    Nonfiction: Marion Winik, D. Watkins

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 25
    Deadline: 2/15/21
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Keith Maillard, Sheryda Warrener, Bronwen Tate
    Fiction: Nancy Lee, Annabel Lyon, Keith Maillard, Maureen Medved, Alix Ohlin, Emily Pohl-Weary, Linda Svendsen, Timothy Taylor, John Vigna
    
Nonfiction: Timothy Taylor
    Writing for Children/YA: Alison Acheson
    Screenwriting: Sharon McGowan
    Playwriting: Bryan Wade
    
Indigenous Writing: Billy-Ray Belcourt
    Graphic Novel: Sarah Leavitt
    
Lyric & Libretto: Tariq Hussain

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 18–20
    Deadline: 1/8/21
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Susan Musgrave, Bronwen Tate
    Fiction: Nancy Lee, Annabel Lyon, Maureen Medved, Alix Ohlin, Linda Svendsen, Timothy Taylor
    Children/YA: Emily Pohl-Weary, Maggie De Vries
    Nonfiction: Bronwen Tate
    Graphic Novel: Sarah Leavitt
    Screenwriting: Sara Graefe

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Online
    Incoming Class Size: 25
    Deadline: 1/8/21
  • Davis, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Katie Peterson, Margaret Ronda, Joe Wenderoth
    Fiction: Lucy Corin, Pam Houston
    Nonfiction: Pam Houston
    Hybrid: Lucy Corin, Katie Peterson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-12
    Deadline: 1/5/21
  • Irvine, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Amy Gerstler, F. Douglas Brown

    Fiction: Dana Johnson, Michelle Latiolais

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6 (for Poetry course), 6 (for Fiction course)
    Deadline: 12/11/20
  • Riverside, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Allison Hedge Coke, Katie Ford, Allison Benis White
    Fiction: Charmaine Craig, Josh Emmons, Steve Erickson, Alex Espinoza, Nalo Hopkinson, Michael Jayme, John Jennings, Laila Lalami, Goldberry Long, Jane Smiley, Susan Straight, Andrew Winer
    Nonfiction: Reza Aslan, Emily Rapp Black, Tom Lutz
    Playwriting/Screenwriting: Erith Jaffe-Berg, Charles Evered, Rickerby Hinds, Stu Krieger, Robin Russin

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 18
    Deadline: 1/5/21
  • Palm Desert, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jill Alexander Essbaum, Anthony McCann
    Fiction: Elizabeth Crane, Gina Frangello, Tod Goldberg, Stephen Graham Jones, Mary Otis, Rob Roberge, Mark Haskell Smith, Mary Yukari Waters
    Nonfiction: Emily Rapp, Deanne Stillman, David L. Ulin
    Screenwriting: Joshua Malkin, William Rabkin, John Schimmel
    Playwriting: Mickey Birnbaum 

    Critic-in-Residence: Heather Scott Partington 

    Screenwriter-in-Residence: Jackie McKinley

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 35 per year
    Deadline: 2/1/21
  • La Jolla, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Kazim Ali, Amy Sara Carroll, Ben Doller, Camille Forbes, Lily Hoang, Jac Jemc, Brandon Som, Anna Joy Springer

    Genre: Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 4-8
    Deadline: 12/11/20
  • Conway, AR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sandy Longhorn, Mark Spitzer
    Fiction: M. Shelly Conner, Mark Spitzer, John Vanderslice, Stephanie Vanderslice
    Nonfiction: Jennie Case, Mark Spitzer, Stephanie Vanderslice

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5-8
    Deadline: 2/1/21
  • Orlando, FL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Rochelle Hurt, Obi Nwakanma, Terry Ann Thaxton
    Fiction: Micah Dean Hicks, Chrissy Kolaya, Brenda Peynado, David James Poissant, Darlin' Neal, Jacob Wolff
    Nonfiction: Jocelyn Bartkevicius, Lisa Roney, Laurie Rachkus Uttich

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12-14
    Deadline: 1/1/21
  • Edmond, OK
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Matt Hollrah
    Fiction: Constance Squires
    Screenwriting: James Daro

    Alicia Mountain is the Artist-in-Residence.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-15
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions

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