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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.

  • Tacoma, WA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Kelli Russell Agodon, Rick Barot, Kevin Clark, Geffrey Davis, Oliver de la Paz, Jennifer Foerster, torrin a. greathouse, Jenny Johnson, Peggy Shumaker, Brian Teare

    Fiction: April Ayers Lawson, Scott Nadelson, Sequoia Nagamatsu, Marjorie Sandor, Renee Simms, Jason Skipper

    Nonfiction: Barrie Jean Borich, Wendy Call, Rebecca McClanahan, Brenda Miller, Justin St. Germain

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 15-20
    Deadline: 11/30/22
  • Portland, OR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Lead Faculty: Alison C Rollins

    Core Faculty: Alejandro de Acosta, Jess Arndt, Matt Hart, Sara Jaffe, LaTanya McQueen, Poupeh Missaghi, Vi Khi Nao, Brandon Shimoda, Dao Strom, Asiya Wadud, Tyrone Williams

    Past guest artists: Venita Blackburn, Jenny Boully, K-Ming Chang, Renee Gladman, Cedar Sigo

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Translation, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 6
    Deadline: 10/1/22
  • Forest Grove, OR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Ellen Bass, Eduardo C. Corral, Kwame Dawes, Dorianne Laux, Shara McCallum, Joseph Millar, Mahtem Shiferraw, Paul Tran

    Fiction: Claire Davis, Jack Driscoll, Pete Fromm, Frank X. Gaspar, Molly Gloss, Cate Kennedy, Valerie Laken, Mary Helen Stefaniak, Willy Vlautin, Kellie Wells, De’Shawn Charles Winslow

    Nonfiction: Chris Abani (multi-genre), Sanjiv Bhattacharya, Claire Dederer, Mike Magnuson, Kao Kalia Yang

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 15-20 per semester
    Deadline: 9/1/22
  • Portland, OR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: John Beer
    Fiction: Janice Lee, Gabriel Urza, Leni Zumas
    Nonfiction: Paul Collins

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 16
    Deadline: 1/15/23
  • Brooklyn, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Mirene Arsanios, Youmna Chlala, Laura Elrick, James Hannaham, Christian Hawkey, Rachel Levitsky, Anna Moschovakis, Mendi Lewis Obadike, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

    Writing Department Chair: Beth Loffreda

    Genre: Not Genre-Specific
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5
    Deadline: 1/5/23
  • West Lafayette, IN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Kaveh Akbar, Paige Lewis, Don Platt
    Fiction: Brian Leung, Terese Mailhot, Sharon Solwitz

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8
    Deadline: 12/1/22
  • Flushing, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Nicole Cooley, Kimiko Hahn, Roger Sedarat
    Fiction: Crystal Hana Kim, John Weir
    Nonfiction: Briallen Hopper, Jason Tougaw
    Translation: Ammiel Alcalay, Annmarie Drury, Roger Sedarat

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Translation
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 19
    Deadline: 2/15/23
  • Charlotte, NC
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Faculty for the U.S. track of the program:

    Poetry: Cathy Smith Bowers, Morri Creech, Bob Hicok, Marcus Jackson, Ada Limón, Rebecca Lindenberg, James McKean, Orlando Menes, Jon Pineda, Robert Polito, Claudia Rankine, Jeffrey Thomson
    Fiction: Ann Cummins, Jonathan Dee, Elizabeth Evans, Elizabeth Gaffney, Myla Goldberg, Zachary Lazar, Fred Leebron, Daniel Mueller, Naeem Murr, Jenny Offill, David Payne, Susan Perabo, Patricia Powell, Steven Rinehart, Elias Rodriques, Elissa Schappell, Dana Spiotta, Maxine Swann, Ashley Warlick
    Nonfiction: Kristin Dombek, Emily Fox Gordon, Suzannah Lessard, James McKean, Jon Pineda, Robert Polito, Emily White
    Writing for Stage and Screen: Hal Ackerman, Khris Baxter, Peter Behrens, Nandi Bowe, David Christensen, Trish Harnetiaux, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Brighde Mullins, Daniel Pinchbeck
    Young Adult: Laura Ruby

    Faculty for the Latin American track of the program:

    Poetry: Ada Limón, Orlando Menes, Jon Pineda
    Fiction: Carolina De Robertis, Mary Gaitskill, Cristina Garcia, Francisco Goldman, Manuel Gonzalez, Fred Leebron, Chris Offutt, Nelly Rosario, Maxine Swann, Héctor Tobar
    Nonfiction: Francisco Goldman, Chris Offutt, Maxine Swann, Héctor Tobar
    Writing for Stage and Screen: Khris Baxter, Chris Offutt
    Young Adult: Cristina Garcia, Laura Ruby

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 15 per cohort each semester
    Deadline: 10/1/22
  • Lynchburg, VA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Kaveh Akbar, Eloisa Amezcua, Jos Charles, Anthony Cody, Rigoberto González, Ilya Kaminsky, Paige Lewis, Layli Long Soldier, Angel Nafis, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Erika L. Sánchez, Chet'la Sebree, Danez Smith, R. A. Villanueva, Phillip B. Williams 

    Fiction: Claire Beams, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Jaquira Diaz, Rigoberto González, Mira Jacob, Aviya Kushner, Sabrina Orah Mark, Julia Phillips, Anjali Sachdeva, Erika L. Sánchez

    Nonfiction: Claire Beams, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Jaquira Diaz, Rigoberto González, Mira Jacob, Aviya Kushner, Sabrina Orah Mark, Julia Phillips, Anjali Sachdeva, Erika L. Sánchez, Chet'la Sebree

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: up to 15
    Deadline: 9/1/22
  • Denver, CO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Carolina Ebeid, Khadijah Queen, Suzi Q. Smith

    Fiction: Olivia Abtahi, Steven Dunn, Traci L. Jones, Lori Ostlund, Mathangi Subramanian, Denise Vega, Rachel Weaver, Erika T. Wurth

    Creative Nonfiction: Erika Krouse, TaraShea Nesbit, Jenny Shank, Addie Tsai, David Heska Wanbli Weiden

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 10 per cohort
    Deadline: 7/1/22
  • Waleska, GA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Donna Coffey Little, Laura Newbern, William Walsh, Will Wright
    Fiction: Anne Corbitt, Soniah Kamal, Gray Stewart, John Williams
    Nonfiction: Anjali Enjeti
    Scriptwriting/Playwriting: Michael Lucker, Scott Wilkerson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 15
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Chicago, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Fiction: Kyle Beachy, Christian TeBordo
    Nonfiction: Kyle Beachy, Regina Buccola

    Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8–12
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Bryn Mawr, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Grant Clauser, Christine Salvatore
    Fiction: Jennifer Fenn, Trish Rodriguez, Carla (C.J.) Spataro
    Nonfiction: Berry Grass
    Dramatic Writing: Roman Colombo

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Camden, NJ
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Airea Dee Matthews, Gregory Pardlo, Patrick Rosal
    Fiction: Lauren Grodstein, Tom McAllister, Lisa Zeidner
    Nonfiction: Lise Funderburg, Paul Lisicky

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 9
    Deadline: 1/20/23
  • Newark, NJ
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Rigoberto González (Director), Rachel Hadas, Cathy Park Hong, Brenda Shaughnessy
    Fiction: Alice Elliott Dark, John Keene, Akil Kumarasamy, Naomi Jackson, Simeon Marsalis
    Nonfiction: James Goodman, Salamishah Tillet

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 14
    Deadline: 12/15/22
  • Moraga, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Brenda Hillman, Matthew Zapruder
    Fiction: Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
    Nonfiction: Marilyn Abildskov

    Visiting writers rotate every semester. 

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 17
    Deadline: 12/10/22
  • Huntsville, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Ginger Ko, Nick Lantz
    Fiction: Scott Kaukonen, Katie Jean Shinkle
    Nonfiction: Scott Kaukonen, Katie Jean Shinkle​

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5–6
    Deadline: 3/15/23
  • San Diego, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sandra Alcosser, Blas Falconer

    Fiction: Matt de la Peña, Corinne Goria, Harold Jaffe, Stephen-Paul Martin, April Wilder

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20
    Deadline: 2/1/23
  • San Francisco, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Maxine Chernoff, Tonya Foster, Paul Hoover, Andrew Joron
    Fiction: Michelle Carter, Nona Caspers, Joseph Cassara, May-lee Chai, Maxine Chernoff, Carolina De Robertis, Tonya Foster, Andrew Joron, Michael David Lukas, Chanan Tigay
    Creative Nonfiction: Chanan Tigay, Joseph Cassara, May-lee Chai, Chanan Tigay
    Literary Translation: Maxine Chernoff, Carolina De Robertis, Paul Hoover, Andrew Joron
    Playwriting: Michelle Carter

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 35
    Deadline: 2/1/23
  • San Jose, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: J. Michael Martinez, Alan Soldofsky
    Fiction: Selena Anderson, Keenen Norris, Nick Taylor
    Nonfiction: Thomas Moriarty, Keenan Norris
    Playwriting/Screenwriting: Kirsten Brandt, Matthew Spangler

    Recent Lurie Distinguished Authors-in-Residence include Cristina Garcia, Vendela Vida, Andrew Sean Greer,  Don George, ZZ Packer, and Faith Adiele. In 2023: Jean Guerrero

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 14
    Deadline: 2/1/23
  • Bronxville, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jay Deshpande, Alex Dmitrov, Anaïs Duplan, Suzanne Gardinier, Matthea Harvey, Marie Howe, Jeffrey McDaniel, Dennis Nurkse, R. A. Villanueva, Afaa Michael Weaver.

    Fiction and Speculative Fiction: Carolyn Ferrell, Myla Goldberg, Garth Risk Hallberg, David Hollander, Violet Kupersmith, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, K. Lorrel Manning, Lincoln Michel, Julia Phillips, Victoria Redel, Nelly Reifler, David Ryan
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    Nonfiction: Jo Ann Beard, Tim Kreider, Heather Harpham, Domenica Ruta, Vijay Seshadri, Jacob Slichter, Meredith Talusan, Cliff Thompson, Kate Zambreno.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 30–40
    Deadline: 1/10/23
  • Savannah, GA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Savannah: Chris Millis, Jonathan Rabb, Andrea Goto, Lee Griffith

    Atlanta: Christopher Bundy, Paige Gray, Catherine Ramsdell, Darby Sanders, Carlie Sorosiak

    Genre: Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full, Online
    Incoming Class Size: Atlanta: 20; Savannah: 20; Online: 20
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Chicago, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jesse Ball, James McManus
    Fiction: Jesse Ball, Janet Desaulniers, Sara Levine, James McManus, Beth Nugent
    Nonfiction: Sara Levine, James McManus
    Cross-Genre: Sally Alatalo, Mark Booth, Janet Desaulniers, Ruth Margraff
    Playwriting:  Ruth Margraff

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20-25
    Deadline: 1/10/23
  • Seattle, WA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Mischa Willet, Jennifer Maier
    Fiction: Bryan Bliss, Gina Ochsner
    Nonfiction: Robert Clark, David McGlynn

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 9-10 per residency
    Deadline: 11/1/22
  • Louisville, KY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Debra Kang Dean, Kathleen Driskell, Lynnell Edwards, Erin Keane, Douglas Manuel, Greg Pape, Maggie Smith, Jeanie Thompson, Keith S. Wilson

    Fiction: Wiley Cash, K. L. Cook, Kirby Gann, Rachel M. Harper, Roy Hoffman, Silas House, Angela Jackson-Brown, Robin Lippincott, Lee Martin, Nancy McCabe, Eleanor Morse, Elaine Neil Orr, John Pipkin, Karen Salyer, Neela Vaswani

    Nonfiction: Dianne Aprile, Roy Hoffman, Jason Kyle Howard, Robin Lippincott, Lee Martin, Nancy McCabe, Elaine Neil Orr, Felicia Rose Chavez, Karen Salyer McElmurray, Neela Vaswani, Rebecca Walker

    Writing for Children & Young Adults: Beth Bauman, Ellen Hagan, Leah Henderson, Lesléa Newman

    Screenwriting: Larry Brenner, Helena Kriel, Bruce Marshall Romans, Sam Zalutsky

    Playwriting: Gabriel Jason Dean, Kira Obolensky, Charlie Schulman

    Translation: Jeremy Paden

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 10-20 per residency
    Deadline: 2/1/23

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