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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.

  • Greensburg, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Nicole Peeler, Michael Arnzen, Kosoko Jackson, Priscilla Oliveras, Valerie Burns, Victoria Thompson

    Genre: Fiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 10-20 per residency
    Deadline: 10/5/22
  • Sewanee, TN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Nickole Brown, Tiana Clark, Charles Martin, Eric Smith
    Fiction: Chris Bachelder, Ryan Chapman, Lee Conell, Sidik Fofana, Michael Griffith, Adrianne Harun, Jamie Quatro
    Nonfiction: Kelly Grey Carlisle, Jessica Goudeau, Neil Shea, Meera Subramanian, John Jeremiah Sullivan

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Other
    Incoming Class Size: 10-15
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • New Haven, CT
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 3/1/23
  • Carbondale, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8-10
    Deadline: 2/1/23
  • Manchester, NH
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Melissa Marr, Gabino Iglesias, Lauren A. Forry, Terry Maggert, Melissa Hart, Jen McGlaughlin

    For full list of faculty, please see the program’s website.

    Genre: Fiction
    Residency: Online
    Incoming Class Size: 44
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Brooklyn, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Felice Belle, Mahogany Browne, Annie Finch, Jive Poetic
    Fiction: Hannah Assadi, Theo Gangi, Marlon James, Lincoln Michel, Jason Starr
    Nonfiction: Chloe Cooper Jones
    Playwriting/Screenwriting: Ben Snyder
    Graphic Writing for Comic Books: Jason Starr

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 8 each year
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • DeLand, FL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Cyriaco Lopes, Urayoán Noel, Jena Osman, Terri Witek
    Prose: Jennine Capó Crucet, Teresa Carmody, Sarah Gerard, Veronica Gonzalez-Peña, Stephanie Sauer

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 7
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Portland, ME
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Chen Chen, Katherine Larson, Raina León, Debra Marquart, Cate Marvin

    Fiction: Rick Bass, Susan Conley, Ron Currie Jr., Aaron Hamburger, Elizabeth Searle, Morgan Talty

    Popular Fiction: JJ Amaworo Wilson, Tobias Bucknell, Tom Coash, David Anthony Durham, John Florio, Theodora Goss, Elizabeth Hand, Robert Levy, Elizabeth Searle

    Creative Nonfiction: Faith Adiele, Rick Bass, Susan Conley, John Florio, Aaron Hamburger, Katherine Larson, Raina León, Debra Marquart, Morgan Talty

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 12-18 per residency
    Deadline: 9/1/22
  • Southampton and New York, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Billy Collins, Molly Gaudry, Julie Sheehan
    Fiction: Melissa Bank, Genevieve Sly Crane, Paul Harding, Amy Hempel, Kaylie Jones, Matthew Klam, Robert Lopez, Susan Scarf Merrell, Susan Minot, Robert Reeves, Frederic Tuten, Emma Walton Hamilton, Meg Waltzer
    Nonfiction and Memoir: Neal Gabler, Robert Lopez, Patricia McCormick, Patricia Marx, Roger Rosenblatt, Lou Ann Walker
    Screenwriting: Annette Handley Chandler

    Each semester noted authors are invited to teach a special class. Recent authors have included Brit Bennett, Hugh Ryan, Dawnie Walton, De’Shawn Winslow.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 15-25
    Deadline: 1/7/23
  • Syracuse, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Brooks Haxton, Mary Karr, Christopher Kennedy, Bruce Smith
    Fiction: Mona Awad, Chanelle Benz, Jonathan Dee, George Saunders, Dana Spiotta

    Teaching Faculty: Matthew Grzecki, Sarah Harwell

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 12/15/22
  • Philadelphia, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jena Osman, Pattie McCarthy
    Fiction: Don Lee, Liz Moore, Marie-Helene Bertino

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8
    Deadline: 2/15/23
  • 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, James Han Mattson, Kali Fajardjo-Anstine, Debra Monroe, and Tim O’Brien

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20
    Deadline: 1/31/23
  • New York, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: J. Mae Barizo, Mark Bibbins, Elaine Equi, Robert Polito, Laurie Sheck

    Fiction: Ann Hood, Shelley Jackson, Mira Jacob, Luis Jaramillo, Alexandra Kleeman, James Lasdun, Dale Peck, John Reed, Helen Schulman, Darcey Steinke, Stephen Wright

    Nonfiction: Susan Cheever, Zia Jaffrey, Suzannah Lessard, Honor Moore, Brenda Wineapple

    Writing for Children and Young Adults: Coe Booth, Caron Levis, Emily X.R. Pan, Andrea Pinkney

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 90
    Deadline: 1/15/23
  • Brooklyn, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Randall Horton, Carly Joy Miller, Alicia Mountain
    Fiction: David Gates, Steven Hobbs, Lee Clay Johnson, Andrew Martin, Cleyvis Natera

    Past master lecturers have included Amy Hempel, Major Jackson, Mary Gaitskill, Nathan McClain, Francine Prose, and Ocean Vuong.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 15
    Deadline: 3/1/23
  • Tuscaloosa, AL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Robin Behn, John Estes, Kwoya Fagin Maples, Joel Brouwer
    Fiction: Nana Nkweti, Wendy Rawlings, Kellie Wells
    Nonfiction: Wendy Rawlings

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 16-20
    Deadline: 12/1/22
  • Fairbanks, AK
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sara Eliza Johnson
    Fiction: Gerri Brightwell, Joseph Holt
    Nonfiction: Daryl Farmer

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5-8
    Deadline: 1/15/23
  • Tucson, AZ
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Susan Briante, Bojan Louis, Farid Matuk
    Fiction: Kate Bernheimer, Manuel Muñoz, Aurelie Sheehan, Johanna Skibsrud
    Nonfiction: Christopher Cokinos, Ander Monson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 9
    Deadline: 12/15/22
  • Monticello, AR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sarah Bloom, Jessica Hylton
    Fiction: Kelsey Englert, Mark Spencer
    Nonfiction: Sheyene Heller

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Online
    Incoming Class Size: 7
    Deadline: 8/1/22
  • Baltimore, MD
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Steven Leyva
    Fiction: Betsy Boyd, Jane Delury
    Nonfiction: Marion Winik, D. Watkins

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 25
    Deadline: 2/15/22
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Keith Maillard, Sheryda Warrener, Bronwen Tate
    Fiction: Anosh Irani, Nancy Lee, Annabel Lyon, Keith Maillard, Maureen Medved, Alix Ohlin, Emily Pohl-Weary, Linda Svendsen, Timothy Taylor, John Vigna
    Nonfiction: Mandy Catron, Timothy Taylor
    Writing for Children/YA: Emily Pohl-Weary, Jordan Scott, Tanya Kyi
    Writing for Television: Linda Svendsen
    Screenwriting: Sharon McGowan
    Playwriting: Sara Graefe
    Indigenous Writing: Billy-Ray Belcourt
    Graphic Novel: Sarah Leavitt
    Lyric & Libretto: Tariq Hussain
    Speculative Fiction: Nalo Hopkinson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 18
    Deadline: 1/7/23
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Susan Musgrave, Bronwen Tate
    Fiction: Nancy Lee, Annabel Lyon, Maureen Medved, Alix Ohlin, Linda Svendsen, Timothy Taylor, John Vigna
    Children/YA: Emily Pohl-Weary, Jordan Scott, Tanya Kyi
    Nonfiction: Mandy Catron, Bronwen Tate
    Graphic Novel: Sarah Leavitt
    Screenwriting: Sara Graefe
    Writing for Television: Zac Hug
    Speculative Fiction: Nalo Hopkinson
    Indigenous Writing: Billy-Ray Belcourt

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Online
    Incoming Class Size: 25
    Deadline: 1/7/23
  • Davis, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Katie Peterson, Margaret Ronda, Joe Wenderoth
    Fiction: Zinzi Clemmons, Lucy Corin, Pam Houston
    Nonfiction: Zinzi Clemmons, Pam Houston
    Hybrid: Lucy Corin, Katie Peterson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-12
    Deadline: 1/5/23
  • Irvine, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Amy Gerstler, Natalie Shapero, Monica Youn
    Fiction: Michelle Latiolais, Claire Vaye Watkins

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6 (for Poetry course), 6 (for Fiction course)
    Deadline: 12/9/22
  • Riverside, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Allison Hedge Coke, Katie Ford, Allison Benis White
    Fiction: Charmaine Craig, Josh Emmons, Steve Erickson, Alex Espinoza, Michael Jayme, John Jennings, Laila Lalami, Goldberry Long, Susan Straight, Andrew Winer
    Nonfiction: Reza Aslan, Emily Rapp Black, Tom Lutz
    Playwriting/Screenwriting: Patricia Cardoso, Charles Evered, Kimberly Guerrero, Rickerby Hinds, Erith Jaffe-Berg, Stu Krieger, Robin Russin

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 18
    Deadline: 1/5/23
  • Palm Desert, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sara Borjas, Jill Alexander Essbaum
    Fiction: Elizabeth Crane, Alex Espinoza, Jill Alexander Essbaum, Tod Goldberg, Stephen Graham Jones, Rob Roberge, Mark Haskell Smith
    Nonfiction: Emily Rapp Black, David L. Ulin
    Screenwriting: William Rabkin, Joshua Malkin, John Schimmel
    Playwriting: Mickey Birnbaum 

    Critic-in-Residence: Heather Scott Partington 

    Screenwriter-in-Residence: Jackie McKinley

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 15-20 per application period
    Deadline: 2/1/23

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