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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.

  • Columbia, MO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Aliki Barnstone, Gabriel Fried
    Fiction: Trudy Lewis, Speer Morgan, Phong Nguyen
    Nonfiction: Julija Šukys

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5-7
    Deadline: 1/1/21
  • Columbia, MO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Aliki Barnstone, Gabriel Fried
    Fiction: Trudy Lewis, Speer Morgan, Phong Nguyen
    Nonfiction: Julija Šukys

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5-7
    Deadline: 1/1/21
  • Kansas City, MO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Hadara Bar-Nadav
    Fiction: Christie Hodgen, Michael Pritchett, Whitney Terrell
    Nonfiction: Christie Hodgen, Whitney Terrell
    Playwriting: Frank Higgins
    Screenwriting: Mitch Brian

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-12
    Deadline: 1/15/21
  • St. Louis, MO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Shane Seely
    Fiction: Tola Rotimi Abraham, John Dalton

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 3/1/21
  • Missoula, MT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sean Hill, Keetje Kuipers
    Fiction: Debra Magpie Earling, Boris Fishman, Emily Ruskovich (arriving Fall 2021)
    Nonfiction: Judy Blunt, Chris Dombrowski

    The Visiting Hugo Writer for Fall 2020 is Sean Hill, and the Distinguished Kittredge Writer for Spring 2021 is Chris Dombrowski.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20
    Deadline: 1/6/21
  • Lincoln, NE
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Stephen Behrendt, Kwame Dawes, Ted Kooser, Hope Wabuke, Stacey Waite
    Fiction: Jonis Agee, Jennine Capó Crucet, Joy Castro, Amelia María de la Luz Montes, Chigozie Obioma, Timothy Schaffert

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6-8
    Deadline: 12/1/20
  • Lincoln, NE
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Stephen Behrendt, Kwame Dawes, Ted Kooser, Hope Wabuke, Stacey Waite
    Fiction: Jonis Agee, Jennine Capó Crucet, Joy Castro, Amelia María de la Luz Montes, Chigozie Obioma, Timothy Schaffert

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6-8
    Deadline: 12/1/20
  • Omaha, NE
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Graham Foust, Kate Gale, Art Homer, Steve Langan, Jim Peterson, Elizabeth Powell, William Trowbridge, Teri Youmans

    Fiction and Creative Nonfiction: Kevin Clouther, Richard Duggin, Kate Gale, Art Homer, Marya Hornbacher, Patricia Lear, Kristen-Paige Madonia, Jessica Hendry Nelson, Tom Paine, Jim Peterson, Karen Gettert Shoemaker, Catherine Texier, Charles Wyatt

    Playwriting and Screenwriting: Charlene Donaghy, Michael Kinghorn, Michael Oatman, Samuel Brett Williams

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 6-12 per semester
    Deadline: 11/1/20
  • Las Vegas, NV
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Claudia Keelan, Donald Revell
    Fiction: Maile Chapman, Douglas Unger
    Literary Nonfiction: David Morris, José Orduña

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 2
    Deadline: 1/15/21
  • Las Vegas, NV
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Claudia Keelan, Donald Revell
    Fiction: Maile Chapman, Douglas Unger
    Literary Nonfiction: David Morris, José Orduña

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

    Poetry: Steve Gehrke, Ann Keniston, Gailmarie Pahmeier
    Fiction: Christopher Coake, David Anthony Durham, Sarah (S. M.) Hulse

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6-10
    Deadline: 1/15/21
  • Durham, NH
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Mekeel McBride, David Rivard
    Fiction: Jaed Coffin, Thomas Payne, Ann Joslin Williams
    Nonfiction: Jaed Coffin, Susan Hertz

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 15-18
    Deadline: 1/15/21
  • Albuquerque, NM
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Michelle Brooks, Marisa P. Clark, Lisa D. Chavez, Diane Thiel
    Fiction: Andrew Bourelle, Michelle Brooks, Marisa P. Clark, Daniel Mueller, Julie Shigekuni
    Nonfiction: Steve Benz, Michelle Brooks, Gregory Martin, Diane Thiel

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5-8
    Deadline: 1/15/21
  • New Orleans, LA
    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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20-25
    Deadline: 2/1/21
  • New Orleans, LA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: John Gery, Carolyn Hembree
    Fiction: Frederick Barton, Barb Johnson, M. O. Walsh
    Nonfiction: Randy Bates, Richard Goodman

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Online
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 10/1/20
  • Greensboro, NC
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Stuart Dischell, Terry Kennedy, Emilia Phillips
    Fiction: Xhenet Aliu, Holly Jones, Derek Palacio

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-12
    Deadline: 1/1/21
  • Wilmington, NC
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Mark Cox, Melissa Crowe, Malena Mörling, Michael White
    Fiction: Wendy Brenner, Nina de Gramont, Clyde Edgerton, Philip Gerard, Rebecca Lee, Robert Anthony Siegel
    Nonfiction: Wendy Brenner, Sayantani Dasgupta, Clyde Edgerton, Philip Gerard, David Gessner, Rebecca Lee, Melody Moezzi, Robert Anthony Siegel
    Editing/Publishing: Anna Lena Phillips Bell, Michael Ramos, Emily Louise Smith

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 22
    Deadline: 1/7/21
  • Denton, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jehanne Dubrow, Corey Marks
    Fiction: Scott Blackwood, Miroslav Penkov, John Tait
    Nonfiction: Bonnie Friedman, Jill Talbot

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

    Poetry: Jehanne Dubrow, Corey Marks
    Fiction: Scott Blackwood, Miroslav Penkov, John Tait
    Nonfiction: Bonnie Friedman, Jill Talbot

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 1/1/21
  • Notre Dame, IN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Johannes Göransson, Joyelle McSweeney, Orlando Menes
    Fiction: Valerie Sayers, Roy Scranton, Steve Tomasula, Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi
    Nonfiction: Roy Scranton

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8-9
    Deadline: 1/2/21
  • Eugene, OR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Daniel Anderson, Geri Doran, Garrett Hongo
    Fiction: Jason Brown, Marjorie Celona, Mat Johnson, Karen Thompson Walker

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 9-10
    Deadline: 12/15/20
  • Pittsburgh, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Yona Harvey, Dawn Lundy Martin, Diana Khoi Nguyen
    Fiction: Angie Cruz, William Lychack, Irina Reyn
    Nonfiction: Jeanne Marie Laskas, Michael Meyer, Peter Trachtenberg
    Digital Narrative: Erin Anderson

    Past visiting writers include poets Jenny Johnson and Rickey Laurentiis and fiction writers Mary Gaitskill and Allison Amend.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 7
    Deadline: 1/7/21
  • San Francisco, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: D. A. Powell, Bruce Snider
    Fiction: Stephen Beachy, Lewis Buzbee, Laleh Khadivi, Nina Schuyler, K. M. Soehnlein, Susan Steinberg
    Nonfiction: Dave Madden, Ryan Van Meter

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 34
    Deadline: 1/15/21
  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
    Core Faculty Includes:

    The core faculty includes Jeanette Lynes. The contributing faculty includes Jon Bath and Sheri Benning.

    The faculty also includes other professional mentors from the writing community and faculty members from the division of Humanities and Fine Arts.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 7
    Deadline: 1/30/21
  • Columbia, SC
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Samuel Amadon, Liz Countryman, Fred Dings, Nikky Finney
    Fiction: David Bajo, Elise Blackwell
    Nonfiction: Jim Barilla

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8
    Deadline: 1/1/21

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