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MFA Programs Database

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.

  • Dublin, Barcelona, and Vienna
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jeffrey Greene, Gwyneth Lewis, Alice Miller, David St. John, Peter Streckfus
    Fiction: Robert Antoni, David Bezmozgis, Aleksandar Hemon, Dinaw Mengestu, Keija Parssinen, Diana Spechler
    Nonfiction: Jeffrey Greene, Aleksandar Hemon, Gwyneth Lewis, Alex Marzano-Lesnevich

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 10-12 per year
    Deadline: 8/1/19
  • Orange, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Anna Leahy, Martin Nakell
    Fiction: Mark Axelrod, Richard Bausch, Jim Blaylock, Alicia Kozameh, Martin Nakell
    Nonfiction: Anna Leahy, Tom Zoellner
    Screenwriting: Mark Axelrod, Mildred Lewis

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20–30
    Deadline: 2/1/20
  • Pittsburgh, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Heather McNaugher, Sheila Squillante
    Fiction: Sherrie Flick, Marc Nieson, Sarah Shotland
    Nonfiction: Marc Nieson, Sheila Squillante

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 15
    Deadline: 2/15/20
  • Pittsburgh, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Dilruba Ahmed, Heather McNaugher, Rachel Mennies, Sheila Squillante
    Fiction: Karen Bender, Sherrie Flick, Derek Green, Marc Nieson
    Nonfiction: Mel Fox, Suzanne Roberts, Sheila Squillante, Sheryl St. Germain

    Recent/Visiting Faculty Includes:
    Poetry: Camille Dungy, Julia Spicher Kasdorf, Philip Metres, Jeff Oaks
    Fiction: Christopher Barzak, Wiley Cash, Sherrie Flick, Pam Houston, Tim Parrish
    Nonfiction: Kathleen Fallon, Lori Jakiela, BK Loren, Kathryn Miles, Dinty W. Moore, Ira Sukrungruang

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 7-10
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Chicago, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Kelly Norman Ellis, Sandra Jackson-Opoku, Quraysh Ali Lansana
    Fiction: Sandra Jackson-Opoku, Nnedi Okorafor
    Nonfiction: Brenda E. Aghahowa

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 7–10
    Deadline: 10/15/19
  • New York, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: David Groff, Michelle Valladares
    Fiction: Salar Abdoh, Lyn Di Iorio, Keith Gandal, Mark Mirsky, Emily Raboteau
    Nonfiction: Amir Ahmadi Arian, David Groff, Emily Raboteau
    Translation: David Unger
    YA Fiction: Pam Laskin
    Screenwriting / Drama: Robert Barron, Marc Palmieri

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 125
    Deadline: 2/15/20
  • Charleston, SC
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Gary Jackson, Emily Rosko
    Fiction: Bret Lott, Anthony Varallo

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 2/1/20
  • New Rochelle and Harlem, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Fiction: Steven Hobbs, Mitchell Jackson, Sophie McManus, Bushra Rehman, Jackson Taylor
    Nonfiction: Amy Bass, David Goewey, Nereida Seguro-Rico, Nick Smart, Daniel Smith

    Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 16
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Fort Collins, CO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Dan Beachy-Quick, Matthew Cooperman, Camille Dungy, Sasha Steensen
    Fiction: Andrew Altschul, Ramona Ausubel, Leslee Becker, E. J. Levy
    Nonfiction: Harrison Candelaria Fletcher, E. J. Levy, Sarah Sloane, Deborah Thompson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8–12
    Deadline: 1/1/20
  • Chicago, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jenny Boully, CM Burroughs, Lisa Fishman, Tony Trigilio, David Trinidad
    Fiction: Don DeGrazia, Garnett Kilberg-Cohen, Patricia Ann McNair, Joseph Meno, Alexis Pride, Sam Weller
    Nonfiction: Jenny Boully, Aviya Kushner, David Lazar, Patricia Ann McNair, Sam Weller

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 36
    Deadline: 1/15/20
  • New York, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Timothy DonnellyDorothea LaskyShane McCraeDeborah Paredez
    Fiction: Paul Beatty, Anelise Chen, Nicholas ChristopherDeborah EisenbergRichard FordJoshua Furst (through Spring 2020), Rivka Galchen, Heidi Julavits, Binnie Kirshenbaum, Victor LaValleSam LipsyteBen MarcusBen Metcalf (through Spring 2020), Orhan Pamuk, Gary ShteyngartAlan Ziegler
    Nonfiction: Hilton Als, Lis HarrisLeslie JamisonMargo JeffersonRichard LockePhillip Lopate, Wendy Walters
    Translation: Susan Bernofsky

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 110
    Deadline: 1/7/20
  • Saint Paul, MN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Fiction: Brittany Fonte, Sharon Hinck, John Jodzio, Christopher Klim, Taylor Larsen, and Matt Ryan

    Genre: Fiction
    Residency: Online
    Incoming Class Size: 20-30
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Spartanburg, SC
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Suzanne Cleary, Denise Duhamel, Rick Mulkey, Richard Tillinghast
    Fiction: Marlin Barton, Tommy Hays (YA fiction), Cary Holladay, Sheila O’Connor (YA Fiction), Robert Olmstead, Leslie Pietrzyk, Susan Tekulve
    Nonfiction: Jim Minick, Leslie Pietrzyk, Susan Tekulve, Richard Tillinghast

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 12-15
    Deadline: 10/1/19
  • Ithaca, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Alice Fulton, Ishion Hutchinson, Valzhyna Mort Hutchinson, Joanie Mackowski, Robert Ray Morgan, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
    Fiction: Emily Fridlund, Michael Koch, John Robert Lennon, Ernesto Quiñonez, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Stephanie Vaughn, Helena Maria Viramontes

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8
    Deadline: 12/15/19
  • Chicago, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Richard Jones
    Fiction: Dan Stolar, Rebecca Johns Trissler
    Nonfiction: Ted Anton, Barrie Jean Borich, Miles Harvey, Michele Morano

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 15-20
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • San Rafael, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Joan Baranow, Judy Halebsky
    Fiction: Thomas Burke, Marianne Rogoff
    Nonfiction: Perry Guevara

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 5-10
    Deadline: 12/2/19
  • La Grande, OR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: David Axelrod, Jennifer Boyden, James Crews, Christopher Howell
    Fiction: Barry Kitterman, Megan Kruse, James Stolen
    Nonfiction: Justin Hocking, Jodi Varon
    Wilderness Writing: David Axelrod, Justin Hocking, James Stolen

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Spokane, WA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Christopher Howell, Jonathan Johnson
    Fiction: Samuel Ligon, Gregory Spatz
    Nonfiction: Natalie Kusz, Rachel Toor

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20-24
    Deadline: 2/17/20
  • Boston, MA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Writing: Kim McLarin, Jon Papernick, Jessica Treadway
    Literature: William Donoghue, Roy Kamada, William Orem
    Publishing: Lisa Diercks, Gian Lombardo, John Rodzvilla

    Genre: Fiction
    Residency: Online
    Incoming Class Size: 12–18
    Deadline: 11/1/19
  • Boston, MA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Christine Casson, Rajiv Mohabir, Daniel Tobin
    Fiction: Ben Brooks, Maria Flook, Julia Glass, Lise Haines, Kim McLarin, William Orem, Pamela Painter, Jon Papernick, Ladette Randolph, Frederick Reiken, Steve Yarbrough, Mako Yoshikawa
    Nonfiction: Jabari Asim, Richard Hoffman, Megan Marshall, Jerald Walker

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 32–55
    Deadline: 2/1/20
  • Fairfield, CT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Carol Ann Davis, Bill Patrick, Baron Wormser
    Fiction: Rachel Basch, Susan Muaddi Darraj, Alan Davis, Eugenia Kim, Karen Osborn, Hollis Seamon
    Nonfiction: Sonya Huber, Dinty W. Moore, Adriana Páramo, Bill Patrick
    Screenwriting: Sharbari Ahmed, Jennifer Vanderbes

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 13 per cohort
    Deadline: 10/15/19
  • Madison, NJ
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Renée Ashley, David Daniel, H. L. Hix
    Fiction: Jeffery Renard Allen, Rebecca Chace, Walter Cummins, David Grand, Rene Steinke
    Nonfiction: Rebecca Chace, Minna Proctor, Rosie Schaap
    Writing for Young Adults and Children: Coe Booth, Donna Freitas, Eliot Schrefer
    Literary Translation: Coe Booth, Idra Novey, Minna Proctor

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 25
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Boca Raton, FL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Becka Mara McKay, Susan Mitchell
    Fiction: Ayşe Papatya Bucak, Jason Schwartz
    Nonfiction: Andrew Furman, Kate Schmitt

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 1/15/20
  • Miami, FL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Richard Blanco, Denise Duhamel, Campbell McGrath
    Fiction: Lynne Barrett, Debra Dean, John Dufresne, Les Standiford
    Nonfiction: Julie Marie Wade

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8–12
    Deadline: 1/14/20
  • Tallahassee, FL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Barbara Hamby, James Kimbrell, David Kirby, Virgil Suarez
    Fiction: Robert Olen Butler, Barbara Hamby, Skip Horack, Ravi Howard, Bob Shacochis, Elizabeth Stuckey-French, Mark Winegardner
    Nonfiction: Skip Horack, Ravi Howard, Diane Roberts, Bob Shacochis, Mark Winegardner

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8–12 (MFA & PhD combined)
    Deadline: 12/13/19

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