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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.

  • Oxford, OH
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Hoa Nguyen, Laura Van Prooyen
    Fiction: Jacquelyn Mitchard, Alissa Nutting, Hugh Sheehy
    Nonfiction: Eric Goodman, Jacquelyn Mitchard

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 8-10 per semester
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Oxford, OH
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: cris cheek, Keith Tuma, Cathy Wagner
    Fiction: Joseph Bates, Margaret Luongo, Brian Roley
    Nonfiction: Daisy Hernández, TaraShea Nesbit

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 7-10
    Deadline: 1/2/20
  • Oakland, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Juliana Spahr, Truong Tran, Stephanie Young
    Prose: Elmaz Abinader, Patricia Powell, Kathryn Reiss, Shanthi Sekaran

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: Approximately 30
    Deadline: 1/15/20
  • Mankato, MN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Candace Black, Richard Robbins
    Fiction: Robin Becker, Geoff Herbach, Chris McCormick
    Nonfiction: Diana Joseph

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 18
    Deadline: 2/1/20
  • Columbus, MS
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Kendall Dunkelberg, T. K. Lee
    Fiction: Mary Miller, Brandy T. Wilson
    Nonfiction: Mary Miller, Brandy T. Wilson
    Translation: Kendall Dunkelberg
    Playwriting: T. K. Lee

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 10-15 per year
    Deadline: 12/1/19
  • Los Angeles, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Thomas Cook, JoAnna Novak, Johnny Payne
    Fiction: Margarita Borrero, Juana Moriel, JoAnna Novak, Johnny Payne
    Nonfiction: Juana Moriel
    Screenwriting: Jo Carlisle, Andrew Ruiz, and Sarah Louise Wilson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low, Online
    Incoming Class Size: 20
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Whitefield, NH
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Fiction: Marcus Burke, Wiley Cash, Rachel B. Glaser, Jo Knowles, Benjamin Nugent, Tracy O’Neill, Lydia Peelle, Rebecca Schiff, Justin Taylor, Katherine Towler, Mitch Wieland, Adam Wilson

    Nonfiction: Richard Adams Carey, Amy Irvine, Nadia Owusu, Mark Sundeen

    Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 15-16 per cohort
    Deadline: 10/15/19
  • Boulder, CO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Reed Bye, Mairead Case, J’Lyn Chapman, Jeffrey Pethybridge, Michelle Naka Pierce, Laura Pritchett, Chris Pusateri, Sara Veglahn, Christopher Rosales, Gabrielle Civil, and Anne Waldman.

    The guest faculty for the 2019–2020 academic year includes Amina Cain and Sun Yung Shin.

    Genre: Not Genre-Specific
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 5-15 each year
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Boulder, CO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    J’Lyn Chapman, Jeffrey Pethybridge, Michelle Naka Pierce, Andrew Schelling, Anne Waldman

    Guest Faculty Includes: Anne Boyer, Cecilia Vicuña, Lisa Robertson, Tracie Morris, Mariko Ngaio, Eleni Sikelianos, CAConrad, Tongo-Eisen Martin, Selah Saterstrom, Hoa Nguyen, Dawn Lundy Martin, Eileen Myles, Fred Moten, Layli Long Soldier, Thurston Moore, Margaret Randall, Simone White, Laird Hunt, Renee Gladman, TC Tolbert

    Genre: Not Genre-Specific
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12-24
    Deadline: 2/3/20
  • San Diego, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Frank Montesonti
    Fiction: Amina Cain
    Nonfiction: Colin Dickey
    Screenwriting: Michael Zimmer

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Online
    Incoming Class Size: 40
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Henniker, NH
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Paige Ackerson-Kiely, Sarah Manguso, Jennifer Militello, Andrew Morgan, Allison Titus
    Fiction: Jensen Beach, David Ryan, Allison Titus
    Nonfiction: Sarah Manguso, David Ryan

    Recent visiting writers include Alysia Abbott, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Linda Gregerson, Andre Dubus III, and Vijay Seshadri.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 10-15 each year
    Deadline: 12/1/19
  • Manchester, NH
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: MRB Chelko, Ryan Flaherty
    Prose: Joni B. Cole, Tim Horvath, Mark Sleiter
    Narrative Theory: Monica Bilson
     

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 6
    Deadline: 12/1/19
  • Las Cruces, NM
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Richard Greenfield, Connie Voisine
    Fiction: Rus Bradburd, Brandon Hobson, Dana Kroos (Visiting)

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8–10
    Deadline: 1/15/20
  • New York, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Catherine Barnett, Anne Carson, Terrance Hayes, Ed Hirsch, Yusef Komunyakaa, Deborah Landau, Sharon Olds, Matthew Rohrer
    Fiction: Nathan Englander, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Safran Foer, Katie Kitamura, Hari Kunzru, Joyce Carol Oates, Zadie Smith, Darin Strauss
    Creative Nonfiction: Hari Kunzru, Darin Strauss

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 40-60
    Deadline: 12/18/19
  • New York, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Catherine Barnett, Mark Doty, Ishion Hutchinson, Nick Laird, Robin Coste Lewis, Meghan O’Rourke, Matthew Rohrer
    Fiction: Chris Adrian, Geoff Dyer, Nathan Englander, John Freeman, Myla Goldberg, Aleksander Hemon, Katie Kitamura, Hari Kunzru, Helen Schulman, Zadie Smith, Darin Strauss, Matthew Thomas
    Creative nonfiction: John Freeman, Hari Kunzru, Meghan O’Rourke, Darin Strauss

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 10-20
    Deadline: 9/1/19
  • Newport, RI
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Edgar Kunz
    Fiction: Charles Coe, Alden Jones, Allen Kurzweil, Taylor Polites, Danielle Trussoni, Tim Weed
    Nonfiction: Alden Jones, Danielle Trussoni

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 15 each year
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Raleigh, NC
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Dorianne Laux, Eduardo C. Corral
    Fiction: Wilton Barnhardt, Belle Boggs

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12–13
    Deadline: 2/1/20
  • Akron, Cleveland, Kent, Youngstown, OH
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Mary Biddinger, Phil Brady, Caryl Pagel, Steven Reese, Catherine Wing
    Fiction: Chris Barzak, Imad Rahman, Eric Wasserman
    Nonfiction: Phil Brady, David Giffels

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

    Poetry: Sherwin Bitsui, Andrea Francis, Nicole Walker
    Fiction: Ann Cummins, Chelsey Johnson, Lawrence Lenhart
    Nonfiction: Lawrence Lenhart, Kara Thompson, Nicole Walker

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 16
    Deadline: 2/1/20
  • Marquette, MI
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Austin Hummell, Patricia Killelea
    Fiction: Jon Billman, Jennifer A. Howard, Monica McFawn
    Nonfiction/Hybrid: Matthew Gavin Frank, Rachel May
     

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6
    Deadline: 2/1/20
  • Evanston, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Averill Curdy, Reginald Gibbons, Natasha Trethewey, Rachel Jamison Webster
    Fiction: Chris Abani, Brian Bouldrey, Sheila Donohue, Stuart Dybek, Juan Martinez, Shauna Seliy
    Nonfiction: Eula Biss, John Bresland

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 4
    Deadline: 12/15/19
  • Columbus, OH
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Kathy Fagan, Marcus Jackson
    Fiction: Michelle Herman, Lee Martin, Nick White
    Nonfiction: Michelle Herman, Lee Martin, Elissa Washuta

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12–16
    Deadline: 12/6/19
  • Oklahoma City, OK
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Timothy Bradford, Kat Meads, Jeanetta Calhoun Mish
    Fiction: Allison Amend, Lou Berney, Kat Meads
    Nonfiction: Kerry Cohen, Kat Meads

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 6-8 per semester
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Stillwater, OK
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Janine Joseph, Lisa Lewis
    Fiction: Dinah Cox, Nahal Suzanne Jamir, Aimee Parkison
    Nonfiction: Sarah Beth Childers

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 1/5/20
  • Norfolk, VA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Luisa A. Igloria, Benjamin Naka-Hasebe Kingsley
    Fiction: John McManus, Sheri Reynolds, Kent Wascom
    Nonfiction: Michael Pearson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 3/1/20

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