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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.

  • Tampa, FL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jay Hopler, Julie Koets, Natalie Scenters-Zapico, Heather Sellers
    Fiction: Rita Ciresi, John Henry Fleming, Jarod Roselló
    Nonfiction: Julie Koets, Heather Sellers
    Comics: Jarod Roselló

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 9
    Deadline: 1/1/21
  • Los Angeles, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Mark Irwin, Anna Journey, Robin Coste Lewis, Susan McCabe, Carol Muske-Dukes, David St. John
    Fiction: Aimee Bender, Percival Everett, Dana Johnson, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Marianne Wiggins
    Nonfiction: Geoff Dyer, Maggie Nelson, Danzy Senna, David Treuer

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 9-12
    Deadline: 12/1/20
  • Knoxville, TN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Iliana Rocha, Rebecca Gayle Howell (Visiting Poet)
    Fiction: Margaret Lazarus Dean, Christopher Hebert, Michael Knight
    Nonfiction: Margaret Lazarus Dean

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5
    Deadline: 1/15/21
  • Knoxville, TN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Iliana Rocha, Rebecca Gayle Howell (Visiting Poet)
    Fiction: Margaret Lazarus Dean, Christopher Hebert, Michael Knight
    Nonfiction: Margaret Lazarus Dean

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 2
    Deadline: 12/1/20
  • El Paso, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Andrea Cote-Botero, Nelson Cárdenas, Tim Z. Hernandez, Sasha Pimentel, Jeff Sirkin
    Fiction: Sylvia Aguilar Zéleny, Daniel Chacón, Tim Z. Hernandez, José de Piérola, Lex Williford
    Nonfiction: Tim Z. Hernandez, Sasha Pimentel, Lex Williford
    Screenwriting: Nelson Cárdenas, Lex Williford

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full, Online
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 2/2/21
  • Austin, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Lisa Olstein, Roger Reeves, Dean Young
    Fiction: Edward Carey, Oscar Cásares, Peter LaSalle, Elizabeth McCracken, Deb Olin Unferth

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6
    Deadline: 12/15/20
  • Edinburg and Brownsville, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Emmy Pérez, José A. Rodríguez, Steven Schneider
    Fiction: Christopher Carmona, Britt Haraway, Eric Miles Williamson
    Nonfiction: Jean Braithwaite, José A. Rodríguez
    Translation: José A. Rodríguez

    Affiliate Faculty:
    Poetry: Elvia Ardalani, Edna Ochoa
    Fiction: Elvia Ardalani
    Translation: Elvia Ardalani, Edna Ochoa
    Playwriting: David Carren, Edna Ochoa
    Scriptwriting: David Carren

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 10/1/20
  • Austin, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Joanna Klink, Lisa Olstein, Roger Reeves, Dean Young
    Fiction: Edward Carey, Oscar Casares, Peter LaSalle, Bret Anthony Johnston, Elizabeth McCracken, Deb Olin Unferth
    Screenwriting: Stuart Kelban, Richard Lewis, Cindy McCreery, Beau Thorne
    Playwriting: Annie Baker, Liz Engelman, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Kirk Lynn, KJ Sanchez

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 12/1/20
  • Salt Lake City, UT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Katharine Coles, Jacqueline Osherow, Paisley Rekdal
    Fiction: Lindsey Drager, Michael Mejia, Lance Olsen
    Creative Nonfiction: Katharine Coles, Michael Mejia, Lance Olsen, Paisley Rekdal

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-12
    Deadline: 12/15/20
  • Salt Lake City, UT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Katharine Coles, Jacqueline Osherow, Paisley Rekdal
    Fiction: Lindsey Drager, Michael Mejia, Lance Olsen
    Creative Nonfiction: Katharine Coles, Michael Mejia, Lance Olsen, Paisley Rekdal

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-12
    Deadline: 12/15/20
  • Victoria, Canada
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Shane Book, Tim Lilburn, Gregory Scofield
    Fiction: Lee Henderson
    Creative Nonfiction: Deborah Campbell, Danielle Geller, David Leach
    Playwriting: Kevin Kerr
    Screenwriting: Maureen Bradley, Kathryn Mockler
    Multigenre: Marita Dachsel

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5
    Deadline: 12/1/20
  • Charlottesville, VA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Rita Dove, Debra Nystrom, Kiki Petrosino, Lisa Russ Spaar, Brian Teare
    Fiction: Jane Alison, Elizabeth Denton, Jeb Livingood, Micheline Marcom, Christopher Tilghman

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 12/15/20
  • Bothell, WA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Amaranth Borsuk, Jeanne Heuving
    Prose: Rebecca Brown, Ching-In Chen
    Hybrid: Rebecca Brown, Ching-In Chen, Jeanne Heuving, Ted Hiebert, Joe Milutis

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 15
    Deadline: 2/1/21
  • Seattle, WA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Linda Bierds, Andrew Feld, Richard Kenney, Pimone Triplett
    Prose: David Bosworth, David Crouse, Rae Paris, David Shields, Maya Sonenberg

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

    Poetry: Amy Quan Barry, Sean Bishop, Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Jesse Lee Kercheval
    Fiction: Jesse Lee Kercheval, Ron Kuka, Beth (Bich Minh) Nguyen, Porter Shreve

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6
    Deadline: 12/15/20
  • Milwaukee, WI
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Brenda Cárdenas, Rebecca Dunham, Mauricio Kilwein Guevara
    Fiction: Liam Callanan, Mauricio Kilwein Guevara, Valerie Laken

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8-10 (MA and PhD students combined)
    Deadline: 12/15/20
  • Milwaukee, WI
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Brenda Cárdenas, Rebecca Dunham, Mauricio Kilwein Guevara
    Fiction: Liam Callanan, Mauricio Kilwein Guevara, Valerie Laken

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8-10 (MA and PhD students combined)
    Deadline: 12/15/20
  • Laramie, WY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Harvey Hix, Kate Northrop
    Fiction: Alyson Hagy, Brad Watson
    Nonfiction: Andrew Fitch, Frieda Knobloch, Jeff Lockwood

    Visiting Eminent Writer-in-Residence and Professor of Practice:
    Joy Williams, Fiction and Nonfiction

    Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 4-9
    Deadline: 1/10/21
  • Nashville, TN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Kate Daniels, Rick Hilles, Mark Jarman, Didi Jackson, Major Jackson
    Fiction: Tony Earley, Lorraine López, Lorrie Moore, Nancy Reisman

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6
    Deadline: 12/15/20
  • Montpelier, VT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Mark Cox, Matthew Dickman, Richard Jackson, Parneshia Jones, Philip Metres, Tomás Q. Morín, Natasha Sajé, Betsy Sholl, Leslie Ullman, Nance Van Winckel, David Wojahn
    Fiction: Trinie Dalton, Connie May Fowler, Abby Frucht, Douglas Glover, David Jauss, T. Geronimo Johnson, Ellen Lesser, Brian Leung, Bret Lott, Richard McCann, Clint McCown, Adam McOmber, Hasanthika Sirisena, Nance Van Winckel, Robert Vivian
    Creative Nonfiction: Harrison Candelaria Fletcher, Connie May Fowler, Douglas Glover, Barbara Hurd, Bret Lott, Patrick Madden, Terese Mailhot, Richard McCann, Elena Passarello, Sue William Silverman, Robert Vivian

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 25-30 per semester
    Deadline: 9/1/20
  • Montpelier, VT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Rita Banerjee (Director), Justin Bigos, Frances Cannon, Ariel Francisco, Ruben Quesada, Bianca Stone
    Fiction: Lesley Nneka Arimah, Trinie Dalton, Miciah Bay Gault, Elissa Schappell, James Scott, Erin Stalcup, David Heska Wanbli Weiden
    Creative Nonfiction: Rita Banerjee (Director), Trinie Dalton, Jericho Parms, Sean Prentiss, David Shields
    Publishing: Ibrahim Ahmad, Tavia Gilbert, Caitlin Leffel, Jeff Kleinman, Kelly McMahon, Rob Spillman, Janaka Stucky
    Screenwriting: Tim Kirkman, David Shields
    Playwriting: Amahl Khouri

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-25 per cohort
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Montpelier, VT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    William Alexander, Kathi Appelt, Tom Birdseye, Martha Brockenbrough, Loree Griffin Burns, Alan Cumyn, David Macinnis Gill, Louise Hawes, Corey Ann Haydu, Varian Johnson, A. S. King, Uma Krishnaswami, Jane Kurtz, Martine Leavitt, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Kekla Magoon, Deborah Marcero, Cory McCarthy, Anna-Marie McLemore, An Na, Deb Noyes, Mary Quattlebaum, Sara Ryan, Liz Garton Scanlon, Nova Ren Suma, Shelley Tanaka, Linda Urban, Jennifer Ziegler, Ibi Zoboi

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 18-25
    Deadline: 10/15/20
  • Richmond, VA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Gregory Donovan, Kathleen Graber, David Wojahn
    Fiction: Gretchen Comba, Clint McCown, Katy Resch George
    Nonfiction: Sonja Livingston, Jessica Nelson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8
    Deadline: 1/15/21
  • Blacksburg, VA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Nikki Giovanni, Jeffrey Mann, Erika Meitner, Carmen Giménez Smith
    Fiction: Edward Falco, Evan Lavender-Smith, Lucinda Roy, Matthew Vollmer

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 7-9
    Deadline: 1/8/21
  • Asheville, NC
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Kaveh Akbar, Debra Allbery, Marianne Boruch, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Daisy Fried, Brooks Haxton, Rodney Jones, A. Van Jordan, Sally Keith, Christine Kitano, Dana Levin, Sandra Lim, James Longenbach, Maurice Manning, Heather McHugh, Matthew Olzmann, Martha Rhodes, Alan Shapiro, Solmaz Sharif, Mary Szybist, Dan Tobin, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Connie Voisine, Alan Williamson, Eleanor Wilner, Monica Youn, C. Dale Young

    Fiction: Lesley Nneke Arimah, Dean Bakopoulos, Robert Boswell, Liam Callanan, Maud Casey, Christopher Castellani, Lan Samantha Chang, Sonya Chung, Angela Flournoy, Jeremy Gavron, Lauren Groff, David Haynes, T. Geronimo Johnson, Nina McConigley, Ana Menendez, Antonya Nelson, Alix Ohlin, Peter Orner, Michael Parker, Kirstin Valdez Quade, Robin Romm, David Shields, Joan Silber, Marisa Silver, Dominic Smith, Debra Spark, Peter Turchi, Laura van den Berg

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 15 each semester
    Deadline: 9/1/20

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