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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.

  • Huntsville, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: 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: 10/15/19
  • San Diego, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sandra Alcosser, Blas Falconer, Ilya Kaminsky
    Fiction: Katie Farris, Harold Jaffe, Stephen-Paul Martin

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

    Poetry: Maxine Chernoff, Paul Hoover, Andrew Joron
    Fiction: Michelle Carter, Nona Caspers, May-lee Chai, Maxine Chernoff, Carolina De Robertis, Andrew Joron, Michael David Lukas, Chanan Tigay
    Creative Nonfiction: 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: 30
    Deadline: 2/1/20
  • San Jose, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Samuel Maio, Alan Soldofsky
    Fiction: Selena Anderson, Keenen Norris, Nick Taylor
    Nonfiction: Cathleen Miller
    Playwriting/Screenwriting: Scott Sublett

    Recent Lurie Distinguished Authors-in-Residence include Cristina Garcia, Vendela Vida, Andrew Sean Greer, and Don George.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 2/1/20
  • Bronxville, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Tina Chang, Suzanne Gardinier, Matthea Harvey, Marie Howe, Jeffrey McDaniel, Dennis Nurkse, Gregory Pardlo, Martha Rhodes, R. A. Villanueva, Afaa Michael Weaver
    Fiction: Carolyn Ferrell, Garth Risk Hallberg, David Hollander, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Victoria Redel, Nelly Reifler, David Ryan, Joan Silber
    Nonfiction: Jo Ann Beard, Vinson Cunningham, Sarah Gerard, Suzanne Hoover, T Kira Madden, Stephen O’Connor, Domenica Ruta, Vijay Seshadri, Jacob Slichter, Cliff Thompson, Alice Truax, Kate Zambreno

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 30–40
    Deadline: 12/15/19
  • Savannah, GA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Atlanta: Christopher Bundy, Catherine Ramsdell, Darby Sanders, Linda Sherbert, Carlie Sorosiak
    Savannah: Andrea Goto, Vanessa Garcia, Lee Griffith, James Lough, Chris Millis, Jonathan Rabb

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

    Atlanta: Christopher Bundy, Catherine Ramsdell, Darby Sanders, Linda Sherbert, Carlie Sorosiak
    Savannah: Andrea Goto, Vanessa Garcia, Lee Griffith, James Lough, Chris Millis, Jonathan Rabb

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

    Poetry: Ruth Margraff, 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, Beth Nugent

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

    Debra Bricker Balken, Emmanuel Iduma, Dejan Lukic, Nancy Princenthal, Charles Stein, David Levi Strauss, Lynne Tillman, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

    Genre: Not Genre-Specific
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 2/1/20
  • Seattle, WA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Robert Cording, Jeanne Murray Walker
    Fiction: Robert Clark, Chigozie Obioma
    Nonfiction: Susanne Antonetta, Lauren F. Winner

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 9-12 per residency
    Deadline: 11/1/19
  • Greensburg, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Michael Arnzen, Lee McClain, Nicole Peeler, Albert Wendland

    Genre: Fiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 30-50 per year
    Deadline: 10/5/19
  • Sewanee, TN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Nickole Brown, Tiana Clark, Charles Martin
    Fiction: Chris Bachelder, Lee Conell, Michael Griffith, Adrianne Harun, Jamie Quatro
    Nonfiction: Kelly Grey Carlisle, Neil Shea, Meera Subramanian, John Jeremiah Sullivan
    Playwriting and Screenwriting: Arlene Hutton, Cheri Magid, Elyzabeth Wilder

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Other
    Incoming Class Size: 18
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Incline Village, NV
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Carolyn Forché, Nathalie Handal, Lee Herrick, Laura McCullough, John Murillo, Gailmarie Pahmeier, June Saraceno, Patricia Smith, Brian Turner, Laura Wetherington
    Fiction: Natalie Baszile, Alan Heathcock, Tim Hernandez, Patrick Hicks, Rebecca Makkai, Joanne Meschery, Peter Mountford, Sunil Yapa
    Nonfiction: Gayle Brandeis, Benjamin Busch, Steven Church, Kelle Groom, Lacy M. Johnson, Suzanne Roberts, Kristal Sital, Brian Turner, Arianne Zwartjes

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 15 per residency
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • New Haven, CT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jeff Mock, Vivian Shipley
    Fiction: Rachel Furey, Tim Parrish
    Creative Nonfiction: Rachel Furey, Tim Parrish

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 3/1/20
  • Carbondale, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Judy Jordan, Allison Joseph
    Fiction: Pinckney Benedict, Rebekah Frumkin

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8-10
    Deadline: 2/1/20
  • Edwardsville, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Tiana Clark, Joshua Kryah
    Fiction: Geoff Schmidt, Valerie Vogrin

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5-10
    Deadline: 2/1/20
  • Manchester, NH
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Derrick Craigie, Joan F. Smith
     

    Genre: Fiction
    Residency: Online
    Incoming Class Size: 50 per cohort (12 students per course)
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Louisville, KY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry:  Debra Kang Dean, Kathleen Driskell, Lynell Edwards, Erin Keane, Douglas Manuel, Greg Pape, Kiki Petrosino, Jeanie Thompson, Keith S. Wilson

    Fiction: Julie Brickman, K. L. Cook, Leslie Daniels, Pete Duval, Kirby Gann, Rachel M. Harper, Roy Hoffman, Silas House, Fenton Johnson, Robin Lippincott, Jody Lisberger, Nancy McCabe, Eleanor Morse, Elaine Neil Orr, John Pipkin, Neela Vaswani

    Nonfiction: Dianne Aprile, Roy Hoffman, Jason Kyle Howard, Fenton Johnson, Robin Lippincott, Nancy McCabe, Elaine Neil Orr, Neela Vaswani, Rebecca Walker

    Writing for Children & Young Adults: Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Beth Bauman, Lamar Giles, Edith M. Hemingway, Leah Henderson, Lesléa Newman

    Screenwriting: Larry Brenner, Helena Kriel, Sam Zalutsky

    Playwriting: Gabriel Jason Dean, Kira Obolensky, Eric Schmiedl, Charlie Schulman

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 15-20 per residency
    Deadline: 8/1/19
  • Brooklyn, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Mahogany Browne and Felice Belle
    Fiction: Marlon James, Jamel Brinkley and Lincoln Michel
    Play/Screenwriting: Kathryn Grant and Ben Snyder

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 8 each year
    Deadline: 10/1/19
  • DeLand, FL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Cyriaco Lopes, Urayoán Noel, Jena Osman, Terri Witek, and Ronaldo Wilson
    Prose: Teresa Carmody, Patty Yumi Cottrell, Sarah Gerard, and Veronica Gonzalez-Peña

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 20 each year
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Portland, ME
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Tara Betts, Ted Deppe, Martín Espada, Amanda Johnston, Katherine Larson, Debra Marquart, Cate Marvin, Lauren Marie Schmidt, Diane Seuss

    Fiction: Rick Bass, Breena Clarke, Ron Currie, Jr. David Anthony Durham, John Florio, Aaron Hamburger, Elizabeth Hand, Cara Hoffman, Elizabeth Searle, Suzanne Strempek Shea, Justin Tussing, JJ Amaworo Wilson

    Genre Fiction: Tobias Bucknell, Tom Coash, David Anthony Durham, Theodora Goss, Elizabeth Hand, Nancy Holder, James Patrick Kelly, Robert Levy, Robert V.S. Redick, Elizabeth Searle

    Creative Nonfiction: Faith Adiele, Rick Bass, Susan Conley, T. Fleischmann, John Florio, Aaron Hamburger, Richard Hoffman, Katherine Larson, Debra Marquart, Suzanne Strempek Shea

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 18 per residency
    Deadline: 9/1/19
  • Southampton and New York, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Star Black, Billy Collins, Cornelius Eady, Julie Sheehan
    Fiction: Melissa Bank, Paul Harding, Ursula Hegi, Amy Hempel, Kaylie Jones, Matthew Klam, Dan Menaker, Susan Scarf Merrell, Susan Minot, Robert Reeves, Frederic Tuten, Emma Walton Hamilton, Meg Wolitzer
    Nonfiction: Neal Gabler, Patricia Marx, Roger Rosenblatt, Lou Ann Walker

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

    Poetry: Brooks Haxton, Mary Karr, Christopher Kennedy, Bruce Smith
    Fiction: Jonathan Dee, Arthur Flowers, George Saunders, Dana Spiotta

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 12/15/19
  • Philadelphia, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jena Osman, Brian Teare
    Fiction: Don Lee, Liz Moore, Alan Singer

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 12/15/19
  • San Marcos, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Cyrus Cassells, Roger Jones, Naomi Shihab Nye, Cecily Parks, Kathleen Peirce, Steve Wilson
    Fiction: Doug Dorst, Jennifer duBois, Tom Grimes, Debra Monroe, Tim O’Brien

    The 2017–2020 visiting fiction faculty is writer Karen Russell.

    Visiting faculty includes a rotating Poet-in-Residence every Spring: Ada Limón in 2019, and Victoria Chang in 2020. 

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20
    Deadline: 1/15/20

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