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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.

  • Pittsburgh, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Richard Blanco, Gerry LaFemina, Lee Ann Roripaugh (U.S. faculty) Jean O'Brien, Enda Wyley (Ireland faculty)
    Fiction: Joseph Bathanti, Karin Lin-Greenberg, Geeta Kothari (U.S. faculty) Evelyn Conlon, Carlo Gebler (Ireland faculty)
    Nonfiction: Diane Glancy (U.S. faculty); Carlo Gébler and Brian Leyden (Ireland faculty)

     

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 30 per year
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Dublin, Barcelona, and Vienna
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jeffrey Greene, Gwyneth Lewis, Peter Streckfus, Kathryn Rhett
    Fiction: Keija Parssinen, Robert Antoni, Aleksandar Hemon, Karan Mahajan, Jake Lamar, Diana Spechler, Dinaw Mengestu, David Bezmozgis
    Nonfiction: Kathryn Rhett, Jason Wilson, Gwyneth Lewis, Jeffrey Greene

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 10-12 per year
    Deadline: 8/1/18
  • 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: 2/1/19
  • Pittsburgh, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Heather McNaugher, Sheila Squillante, Sheryl St. Germain
    Fiction: Sherrie Flick, Marc Nieson, Sarah Shotland
    Nonfiction: Marc Nieson, Sheryl St. Germain

     

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 15
    Deadline: 1/15/19
  • Pittsburgh, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

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

    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: 10/15/18
  • 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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 102
    Deadline: 2/15/19
  • Charleston, SC
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 2/1/19
  • New Rochelle and Harlem, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Fiction: Nancy Hightower, Steven Hobbs, Mitchell Jackson, Sophie McManus, Bushra Rehman
    Nonfiction: Amy Bass, David Goewey, Nancy Hightower, Nereida Seguro Rico, Safiya Sinclair, 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, Leslee Becker, Judy Doenges, 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: 1/1/19
  • 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: 1/15/19
  • New York, NY
    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 120
    Deadline: 1/5/19
  • Saint Paul, MN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Fiction: Brittany Fonte, John Jodzio, Christopher Klim, Matt Ryan
    Creative Nonfiction: Debra Beilke, Eric Dregni, Rachel Moritz

    Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    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, C. Michael Curtis, Tommy Hays (YA fiction), Cary Holladay, Robert Olmstead, Sheila O’Connor (YA Fiction) Leslie Pietrzyk, Susan Tekulve
    Nonfiction: C. Michael Curtis, Jim Minick, Susan Tekulve, Richard Tillinghast

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 12-15
    Deadline: 10/1/18
  • Ithaca, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Alice Fulton, Ishion Hutchinson, Joanie Mackowski, Robert Ray Morgan, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
    Fiction: John Robert Lennon, Ernesto Quiñonez, Stephanie Vaughn, Helena Maria Viramontes

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8
    Deadline: 12/15/18
  • Omaha, NE
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Trey Moody
    Fiction: David Philip Mullins, Brent Spencer
    Nonfiction: Brent Spencer

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 3/15/19
  • San Rafael, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 5-10
    Deadline: 11/30/18
  • Madison, NJ
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Aracelis Girmay, Alicia Ostriker, Sean Nevin, Mihaela Moscaliuc, Sarah Vap, Judith Vollmer, Michael Waters, Ellen Doré Watson, Afaa Michael Weaver

    Genre: Poetry
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 15 each year
    Deadline: 10/15/18
  • 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:
  • 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: 30
    Deadline: 2/15/19
  • 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: 7/16/18
  • Boston, MA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Christine Casson, Pablo Medina, John Skoyles, 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: 2/1/19
  • Fairfield, CT
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 13 per cohort
    Deadline: 10/15/18
  • 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, Rachel Sherman

    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: 10/15/18
  • 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: 1/15/19

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