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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.

  • La Jolla, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Kazim Ali, Amy Sara Carroll, Ben Doller, Camille Forbes, Lily Hoang, Jac Jemc, Brandon Som, Anna Joy Springer

    Genre: Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 4-8
    Deadline: 12/11/20
  • Conway, AR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sandy Longhorn, Mark Spitzer
    Fiction: M. Shelly Conner, Mark Spitzer, John Vanderslice, Stephanie Vanderslice
    Nonfiction: Jennie Case, Mark Spitzer, Stephanie Vanderslice

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5-8
    Deadline: 2/1/21
  • Orlando, FL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Rochelle Hurt, Obi Nwakanma, Terry Ann Thaxton
    Fiction: Micah Dean Hicks, Chrissy Kolaya, Brenda Peynado, David James Poissant, Darlin' Neal, Jacob Wolff
    Nonfiction: Jocelyn Bartkevicius, Lisa Roney, Laurie Rachkus Uttich

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12-14
    Deadline: 1/1/21
  • Boulder, CO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Julie Carr, Noah Eli Gordon, Ruth Ellen Kocher, Khadijah Queen
    Fiction: Jeffrey DeShell, Marcia Douglas, Stephen Graham Jones, Elisabeth Sheffield

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6-10
    Deadline: 12/30/20
  • Gainesville, FL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Michael Hofmann, William Logan, Ange Mlinko
    Fiction: Uwem Akpan, Camille Bordas, David Leavitt

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 1/15/21
  • Toronto, Canada
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Dionne Brand
    Fiction: Catherine Bush
    Drama: Judith Thompson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12-13
    Deadline: 12/7/20
  • Houston, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Erin Belieu, Nick Flynn, francine j. harris, Kevin Prufer, Martha Serpas, Roberto Tejada
    Fiction: Robert Boswell, Audrey Colombe, Chitra Divakaruni, Antonya Nelson, Alexander Parsons, Peter Turchi
    Nonfiction: Nick Flynn, Peter Turchi

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6-8
    Deadline: 1/15/21
  • Moscow, ID
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Brian Blanchfield, Michael McGriff, Alexandra Teague
    Fiction: Kim Barnes, Daniel Orozco
    Nonfiction: Kim Barnes, Brian Blanchfield, Scott Slovic

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 9
    Deadline: 1/15/21
  • Urbana, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Ángel García, Janice Harrington, Christopher Kemf, Corey Van Landingham,
    Fiction: Amy Hassinger, Ted Sanders, Alex Shakar, David Wright

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6
    Deadline: 12/1/20
  • Iowa City, IA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Nonfiction: John D’Agata, Melissa Febos, Kerry Howley, Bonnie Sunstein, Inara Verzemnieks

    Visiting Faculty Includes: Hanif Abdurraqib, Susan Steinberg, Kiese Laymon, Vivian Gornick, Geoff Dyer, Meghan Daum, Richard Preston, Mary Ruefle, Bernard Cooper, Honor Moore, Lia Purpura, Xu Xi, Terry Tempest Williams, Steve Kuusisto, John Edgar Wideman

    Genre: Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-12
    Deadline: 12/14/20
  • Iowa City, IA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: James Galvin, Mark Levine, Elizabeth Willis
    Fiction: Ethan Canin, Lan Samantha Chang, Charles D’Ambrosio, Margot Livesey, Jamel Brinkley. 

    The 2020-2021 visiting faculty includes poets Daniel Borzutzky, Tracie Morris, and Nikki Wallschlaeger, and fiction writers Alexia Arthurs, Tom Drury, Angela Flournoy, and Amy Parker.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 50
    Deadline: 12/15/20
  • Lawrence, KS
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Joseph Harrington, Megan Kaminski
    Fiction: Kij Johnson, Laura Moriarty
    Playwriting: Darren Canady

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 2-8
    Deadline: 12/31/20
  • Lexington, KY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Crystal Wilkinson, Andrew Milward, Julia Johnson, Frank X Walker, Gurney Norman, Erik Reece, Hannah Pittard, DaMaris Hill, Janet Eldred. 

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 2/1/21
  • College Park, MD
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Elizabeth Arnold, Michael Collier, Joshua Weiner
    Fiction: Maud Casey, Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes, Emily Mitchell, Rion Amilcar Scott

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8
    Deadline: 1/5/21
  • Amherst, MA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Peter Gizzi, Ocean Vuong, Dara Wier
    Prose: Noy Holland, Edie Meidav, Sabina Murray, Jeff Parker

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20
    Deadline: 12/15/20
  • Boston, MA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Jill McDonough, Lloyd Schwartz
    Fiction: John Fulton, Askold Melnyczuk

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 1/15/21
  • Memphis, TN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Emily Skaja, Marcus Wicker
    Fiction: Mark Mayer, Courtney Miller Santo, Eric Schlich
    Nonfiction: Alice Bolin

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8
    Deadline: 2/19/21
  • Coral Gables, FL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jaswinder Bolina, Kei Miller, Maureen Seaton
    Fiction: Chantel Acevedo, Patricia Engel, M. Evelina Galang, Amina Gautier

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5-6
    Deadline: 12/15/20
  • Ann Arbor, MI
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Linda Gregerson, Tung-hui Hu, Van Jordan, Laura Kasischke, Khaled Mattawa
    Fiction: Michael Byers, Peter Ho Davies, Douglas Trevor
    Creative Nonfiction: Aisha Sabatini Slaon

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 22
    Deadline: 12/15/20
  • Minneapolis, MN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Peter Campion, V. V. Ganeshananthan, Ray Gonzalez, Douglas Kearney, Kathryn Nuernberger, Julie Schumacher, Kim Todd

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

    Poetry: Beth Ann Fennelly, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Melissa Ginsburg, Derrick Harriell, Aimee Nezhukumatathil
    Fiction: Matthew Bondurant, Tom Franklin, Melissa Ginsberg, Kiese Laymon, Chris Offutt

    The Grisham Writer in Residence for 2020–2021 will be Maurice Carlos Ruffin.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8
    Deadline: 12/15/20
  • Kansas City, MO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Hadara Bar-Nadav
    Fiction: Christie Hodgen, Michael Pritchett, Whitney Terrell
    Nonfiction: Christie Hodgen, Whitney Terrell
    Playwriting: Frank Higgins
    Screenwriting: Mitch Brian

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-12
    Deadline: 1/15/21
  • St. Louis, MO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Shane Seely
    Fiction: Tola Rotimi Abraham, John Dalton

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 3/1/21
  • Missoula, MT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sean Hill, Keetje Kuipers
    Fiction: Debra Magpie Earling, Boris Fishman, Emily Ruskovich (arriving Fall 2021)
    Nonfiction: Judy Blunt, Chris Dombrowski

    The Visiting Hugo Writer for Fall 2020 is Sean Hill, and the Distinguished Kittredge Writer for Spring 2021 is Chris Dombrowski.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20
    Deadline: 1/6/21
  • Omaha, NE
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Graham Foust, Kate Gale, Art Homer, Steve Langan, Jim Peterson, Elizabeth Powell, William Trowbridge, Teri Youmans

    Fiction and Creative Nonfiction: Kevin Clouther, Richard Duggin, Kate Gale, Art Homer, Marya Hornbacher, Patricia Lear, Kristen-Paige Madonia, Jessica Hendry Nelson, Tom Paine, Jim Peterson, Karen Gettert Shoemaker, Catherine Texier, Charles Wyatt

    Playwriting and Screenwriting: Charlene Donaghy, Michael Kinghorn, Michael Oatman, Samuel Brett Williams

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 6-12 per semester
    Deadline: 11/1/20

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