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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.

  • Fayetteville, AR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Geoffrey Brock, Geffrey Davis, Michael Heffernan, Davis McCombs
    Fiction: Ellen Gilchrist, Toni Jensen, Padma Viswanathan
    Translation: John DuVal

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 14
    Deadline: 1/12/18
  • Monticello, AR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Kristine Maria Darling, Sara Nicholson
    Fiction: Lisa Borders, Diane Payne, Diana Spelcher, Mark Spencer
    Nonfiction: Suzanne Cope, Josh MacIver-Anderson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Online
    Incoming Class Size: 7
    Deadline: 7/15/18
  • Baltimore, MD
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Kendra Kopelke, Steve Matanle
    Fiction: Betsy Boyd, Jane Delury
    Nonfiction: Marion Winik

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 25
    Deadline: 2/15/18
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Keith Maillard, Sheryda Warrener, Ian Williams
    Fiction: Nancy Lee, Annabel Lyon, Keith Maillard, Maureen Medved, Alix Ohlin, Emily Pohl-Weary, Linda Svendsen, Timothy Taylor, John Vigna
    Nonfiction: Deborah Campbell, Kevin Chong, Timothy Taylor
    Playwriting: Bryan Wade
    Graphic Novel: Sarah Leavitt
    Lyric & Libretto: Tariq Hussain

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20-25
    Deadline: 1/8/18
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Susan Musgrave, Ian Williams
    Fiction: Nancy Lee, Annabel Lyon, Maureen Medved, Alix Ohlin, Linda Svendsen, Timothy Taylor
    Nonfiction: Wayne Grady, Kevin Chong, Deborah Campbell
    Graphic Novel: Sarah Leavitt
    Screenwriting: Sara Graefe

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 25-30
    Deadline: 1/8/18
  • Irvine, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Amy Gerstler, Michael Ryan
    Fiction: Ron Carlson, Michelle Latiolais
     

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 1/15/18
  • Riverside, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

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

    Poetry: Jill Alexander Essbaum, Anthony McCann
    Fiction: Elizabeth Crane, Gina Frangello, Tod Goldberg, Stephen Graham Jones, Mary Otis, Rob Roberge, Mark Haskell Smith, Mary Yukari Waters
    Nonfiction: Emily Rapp, Deanne Stillman, David L. Ulin
    Screenwriting: Joshua Malkin, William Rabkin, John Schimmel
    Playwriting: Mickey Birnbaum 

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 35 per year
    Deadline: 2/1/18
  • La Jolla, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Ben Doller, Brandon Som
    Fiction: Camille Forbes, Lily Hoang, Anna Joy Springer

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 4-8
    Deadline: 12/14/17
  • Conway, AR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sandy Longhorn, Mark Spitzer
    Fiction: Mark Spitzer, John Vanderslice
    Nonfiction: Jennie Case, Mark Spitzer, Stephanie Vanderslice

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5-8
    Deadline: 2/1/18
  • Orlando, FL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Obi Nwakanma, Don Stap, Terry Ann Thaxton
    Fiction: Brenda Peynado, David James Poissant, Darlin' Neal, Cecilia Milanés
    Nonfiction: Jocelyn Bartkevicius, Lisa Roney, Laurie Rachkus Uttich

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12-14
    Deadline: 1/5/18
  • Boulder, CO
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6-10
    Deadline: 1/10/18
  • Gainesville, FL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Michael Hofmann, William Logan, Ange Mlinko
    Fiction: Jill Ciment, David Leavitt, Padgett Powell

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 1/15/18
  • 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: 12/11/17
  • Houston, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Nick Flynn, Tony Hoagland, Kevin Prufer, Martha Serpas, Roberto Tejada
    Fiction: Robert Boswell, Audrey Colombe, Chitra Divakaruni, Matthew Johnson, Antonya Nelson, Alexander Parsons, Peter Turchi
    Nonfiction: Audrey Colombe, Peter Turchi

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6-8
    Deadline: 1/2/18
  • Moscow, ID
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Brian Blanchfield, Ron McFarland, 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: 2/1/18
  • Urbana, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Janice Harrington, Michael Madonick
    Fiction: Ted Sanders, Alex Shakar

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6
    Deadline: 12/1/17
  • Iowa City, IA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Nonfiction: John D’Agata, Kerry Howley, Jeff Porter, Bonnie Sunstein, Inara Verzemnieks

    Genre: Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-12
    Deadline: 12/29/17
  • Iowa City, IA
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    The 2017–2018 visiting faculty includes poets D. A. Powell and Simone White; and fiction writers Chris Adrian, Amber Dermont, and Paul Harding.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 50
    Deadline: 12/15/17
  • Lawrence, KS
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 2-8
    Deadline: 12/31/17
  • Lexington, KY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: DaMaris Hill, Julia Johnson, Frank X Walker
    Fiction: Andrew Ewell, Manuel Gonzales, Gurney Norman, Hannah Pittard
    Nonfiction: Janet Eldred, Erik Reece

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 9
    Deadline: 3/1/18
  • College Park, MD
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Elizabeth Arnold, Michael Collier, Stanley Plumly, Joshua Weiner
    Fiction: Maud Casey, Emily Mitchell, Howard Norman

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8
    Deadline: 1/3/18
  • Amherst, MA
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20
    Deadline: 12/15/17
  • 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: 1/15/18
  • Memphis, TN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Alice Bolin, Marcus Wicker
    Fiction: Cary Holladay, Courtney Miller Santo
    Nonfiction: Alice Bolin

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 9
    Deadline: 3/1/18

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