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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.

  • 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: 12/16/18
  • 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: 12/7/18
  • 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: 9/15/18
  • Stillwater, OK
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Janine Joseph, Lisa Lewis
    Fiction: Dinah Cox, Toni Graham, Aimee Parkison
    Nonfiction: Sarah Beth Childers

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5
    Deadline: 1/5/19
  • Norfolk, VA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Luisa A. Igloria, Tim Seibles
    Fiction: John McManus, Janet Peery, Sheri Reynolds
    Nonfiction: Joe Jackson, Michael Pearson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 3/1/19
  • Corvallis, OR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: David Biespiel, Karen Holmberg, Jennifer Richter
    Fiction: Nick Dybek, Susan Jackson Rodgers, Marjorie Sandor, Keith Scribner
    Nonfiction: Elena Passarello, Justin St. Germain

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 14
    Deadline: 1/2/19
  • Bend, OR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Emily Carr,  TC Tolbert
    Fiction: Beth Alvarado, Christopher Boucher, Ru Freeman, T. Geronimo Johnson
    Nonfiction: Beth Alvarado, Christopher Boucher, Ru Freeman

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 10-12 per year
    Deadline: 9/1/18
  • Los Angeles, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Guy Bennett, Peter Gadol, Rachel Harper, Jen Hofer, Marisa Matarazzo

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8
    Deadline: 11/1/18
  • Tacoma, WA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Rick Barot, David Biespiel, Kevin Clark, Geffrey Davis, Oliver de la Paz, Greg Glazner, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Jenny Johnson, Peggy Shumaker

    Fiction: Suzanne Berne, David Allan Cates, Kent Meyers, Scott Nadelson, Ann Pancake, Marjorie Sandor

    Nonfiction: Barrie Jean Borich, Rebecca McClanahan, Brenda Miller, Marie Mutsuki Mockett, Lia Purpura, Sherry Simpson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 15-20
    Deadline: 11/30/18
  • Forest Grove, OR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Ellen Bass, Marvin Bell, Eduardo C. Corral, Kwame Dawes, Vievee Francis, Dorianne Laux, Joseph Millar, Matthew Shenoda

    Fiction: Chris Abani, Claire Davis, Jack Driscoll, Pete Fromm, Frank Gaspar, Molly Gloss, Laura Hendrie, Cate Kennedy, Valerie Laken, John McNally, Mary Helen Stefaniak, Willy Vlautin, Kellie Wells

    Nonfiction: Sanjiv Bhattacharya, Judy Blunt, Debra Gwartney, Scott Korb, Mike Magnuson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 20-25 per semester
    Deadline: 9/1/18
  • Chestnut Hill, MA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Kathleen Aguero, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Nicole Terez Dutton, Dzvinia Orlowsky, Iain Haley Pollock
    Fiction: Jedediah Berry, Venise Berry, Steven Huff, Robert Lopez, Laura Williams McCaffrey, Sandra Scofield, Renée Watson, Sterling Watson, David Yoo
    Nonfiction: Amy Hoffman, Randall Horton, Anne-Marie Oomen
    Comics and Graphic Narratives: Josh Neufeld
    Writing for Children & Young Adults: Laura Williams McCaffrey, Renée Watson, David Yoo

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 6-12 per semester
    Deadline: 10/15/18
  • Portland, OR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: John Beer, Michele Glazer
    Fiction: Diana Abu-Jaber, Janice Lee, Gabriel Urza, Leni Zumas
    Nonfiction: Paul Collins

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20–25
    Deadline: 1/15/19
  • Brooklyn, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Writing Department Chair: Beth Loffreda

    Genre: Not Genre-Specific
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 1/5/19
  • West Lafayette, IN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Kaveh Akbar, Don Platt
    Fiction: Roxane Gay, Brian Leung, Sharon Solwitz

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8
    Deadline: 12/31/18
  • Flushing, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Nicole Cooley, Kimiko Hahn, Roger Sedarat

    Fiction: Maaza Mengiste, John Weir

    Nonfiction: Kristin Dombek (visiting)

    Translation: Ammiel Alcalay, Roger Sedarat
    Playwriting: Ira Hauptman

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 2/15/19
  • Charlotte, NC
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Poetry: Cathy Smith Bowers, Morri Creech, Marcus Jackson, Sally Keith, Nick Lantz, Ada Limón, James McKean, Jon Pineda, Robert Polito, Claudia Rankine
    Fiction: Pinckney Benedict, Jonathan Dee, Elizabeth Gaffney, Myla Goldberg, Zachary Lazar, Fred Leebron, Naeem Murr, Jenny Offill, David Payne, Patricia Powell, Steven Rinehart, Elissa Schappell, Dana Spiotta, Ashley Warlick
    Nonfiction: Krisitin Dombek, Emily Fox Gordon, Natalie Kusz, Suzannah Lessard, Jim McKean, Jon Pineda
    Writing for Stage and Screen: Hal Ackerman, Khris Baxter, Peter Behrens, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Winter Miller, Brighde Mullins

    Faculty for the Latin American track of the program:

    Poetry: Ada Limón, Orlando Menes
    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, Kathryn Rhett, Maxine Swann, Héctor Tobar
    Writing for Stage and Screen: Chris Offutt
    Young Adult: Cristina Garcia

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 45 per year
    Deadline: 10/1/18
  • Lynchburg, VA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Kaveh Akbar, Erika L. Sánchez, Layli Long Soldier, Phillip B. Williams 
    Fiction: Patty Yumi Cottrell, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Mira Jacob, Aviya Kushner, Erika L. Sánchez
    Nonfiction: Patty Yumi Cottrell, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Mira Jacob, Aviya Kushner

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: up to 15
    Deadline: 9/1/18
  • Denver, CO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Eric Baus, Chip Livingston, Martin McGovern, Khadijah Queen, Andrea Rexilius, Eleanor Swanson

    Fiction: Mario Acevedo, Kathy Fish, Traci L. Jones, Allen Learst, Daniel José Older, Lori Ostlund, Heidi Pitlor, Jenny Shank, Christine Sneed, Natalia Sylvester, Denise Vega, Rachel Weaver

    Nonfiction: Kristen Iversen, Adrianne Kalfopoulou, TaraShea Nesbit, Sophfronia Scott, Helen Thorpe, Kathryn Winograd

    Writing for Performance: Janna Goodwin, Stephen Cole Hughes, Caridad Svich

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 10 per cohort
    Deadline: 10/15/18
  • Waleska, GA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Kathy Kincer, Donna Coffey Little, Laura Newbern, William Walsh, Will Wright
    ​​​​​​​Fiction: Ray Atkins, Anne Corbitt, Soniah Kamal, Gray Stewart, John Williams
    Nonfiction: Anjali Enjeti, Karen Salyer McElmurray, Casey Clabough
    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: Regina Buccola

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

    Poetry: Kristina Moriconi, Christine Salvatore
    Fiction: Gregory Frost, Erin Kelly, Carla (C.J.) Spataro
    Nonfiction: Kristina Moriconi
    Dramatic Writing: BJ Burton, Amy Punt

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

    Poetry: J. T. Barbarese, Gregory Pardlo, Patrick Rosal
    Fiction & Nonfiction: Lauren Grodstein, Paul Lisicky, Lisa Zeidner

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10–12
    Deadline: 1/18/19
  • Newark, NJ
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Rigoberto González, Rachel Hadas, Cathy Park Hong, Brenda Shaughnessy
    Fiction: Alice Elliott Dark, John Keene, Jayne Anne Phillips, Akhil Sharma
    Nonfiction: James Goodman, Salamishah Tillet

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 16
    Deadline: 1/1/19
  • Moraga, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Brenda Hillman, Matthew Zapruder
    Fiction: Lysley Tenorio
    Nonfiction: Marilyn Abildskov

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 21
    Deadline: 12/10/18
  • Huntsville, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Ching-In Chen, Jenn Givhan, Nick Lantz
    Fiction: Jenn Givhan, Scott Kaukonen
    Nonfiction: Scott Kaukonen

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5–6
    Deadline: 10/15/18

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