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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.

  • El Paso, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Rosa Alcalá, Andrea Cote Botero, Nelson Cárdenas, Tim Z. Hernandez, Sasha Pimentel, Jeff Sirkin
    Fiction: Sylvia Aguilar Zéleny, Daniel Chacón, Tim Z. Hernandez, José de Piérola, Lex Williford
    Nonfiction: Tim Z. Hernandez, Sasha Pimentel, Lex Williford
    Translation: Rosa Alcalá
    Screenwriting: Nelson Cárdenas, Lex Williford

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full, Online
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 2/2/20
  • Austin, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Lisa Olstein, Roger Reeves, Dean Young
    Fiction: Edward Carey, Oscar Cásares, Peter LaSalle, Elizabeth McCracken, Deb Olin Unferth

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6
    Deadline: 12/15/19
  • Edinburg and Brownsville, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Emmy Pérez, José A. Rodríguez, Steven Schneider
    Fiction: Christopher Carmona, Britt Haraway, Eric Miles Williamson
    Nonfiction: Jean Braithwaite, José A. Rodríguez
    Translation: José A. Rodríguez

    Affiliate Faculty:
    Poetry: Elvia Ardalani, Edna Ochoa
    Fiction: Elvia Ardalani
    Translation: Elvia Ardalani, Edna Ochoa
    Playwriting: David Carren, Edna Ochoa
    Scriptwriting: David Carren

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 10/1/19
  • Austin, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Lisa Olstein, Roger Reeves, Dean Young
    Fiction: Edward Carey, Oscar Casares, Peter LaSalle, Bret Anthony Johnston, Elizabeth McCracken, Deb Olin Unferth
    Screenwriting: Stuart Kelban, Richard Lewis, Cindy McCreery, Beau Thorne
    Playwriting: Annie Baker, Liz Engelman, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Kirk Lynn, KJ Sanchez

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 12/1/19
  • Salt Lake City, UT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Katharine Coles, Jacqueline Osherow, Paisley Rekdal
    Fiction: Lindsey Drager, Michael Mejia, Lance Olsen
    Creative Nonfiction: Katharine Coles, Michael Mejia, Lance Olsen, Paisley Rekdal

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-12
    Deadline: 12/15/19
  • Victoria, Canada
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Shane Book, Tim Lilburn, Gregory Scofield
    Fiction: Lee Henderson, Lorna Jackson
    Creative Nonfiction: Deborah Campbell, Danielle Geller, David Leach
    Playwriting: Kevin Kerr
    Screenwriting: Maureen Bradley

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5
    Deadline: 12/1/19
  • Charlottesville, VA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Rita Dove, Debra Nystrom, Lisa Russ Spaar
    Fiction: Jeffery Renard Allen, Jane Alison, Elizabeth Denton, Jeb Livingood, Micheline Marcom, Christopher Tilghman

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

    Poetry: Amaranth Borsuk, Jeanne Heuving
    Prose: Rebecca Brown, Ching-In Chen
    Hybrid: Abraham Avnisan, Rebecca Brown, Ching-In Chen, Jeanne Heuving, Ted Hiebert, Joe Milutis

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 15
    Deadline: 2/1/20
  • Seattle, WA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Linda Bierds, Andrew Feld, Richard Kenney, Pimone Triplett
    Prose: David Bosworth, David Crouse, Rae Paris, David Shields, Maya Sonenberg

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

    Poetry: Amy Quan Barry, Sean Bishop, Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Jesse Lee Kercheval
    Fiction: Jesse Lee Kercheval, Ron Kuka, Beth (Bich Minh) Nguyen, Porter Shreve

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6
    Deadline: 12/15/19
  • Laramie, WY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Harvey Hix, Kate Northrop
    Fiction: Alyson Hagy, Brad Watson
    Nonfiction: Andrew Fitch, Frieda Knobloch, Jeff Lockwood

    Visiting Eminent Writer-in-Residence and Professor of Practice:
    Joy Williams, Fiction and Nonfiction

    Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 4-9
    Deadline: 1/10/20
  • Nashville, TN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Kate Daniels, Rick Hilles, Mark Jarman
    Fiction: Tony Earley, Lorraine López, Lorrie Moore, Nancy Reisman

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6
    Deadline: 12/15/19
  • Montpelier, VT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Fiction: Sybil Baker, Evan Fallenberg, Robin Hemley, Tabish Khair, James Scudamore, Ira Sukrungruang, Madeleine Thien, Xu Xi
    Nonfiction: Sybil Baker, Robin Hemley, Tabish Khair, Ira Sukrungruang, Xu Xi
    Literary Translation: Evan Fallenberg, Jason Grunebaum, Mark Polizzotti

    Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 10-15 per cohort each semester
    Deadline: 12/1/19
  • Montpelier, VT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Ralph Angel, Mark Cox, Matthew Dickman, Richard Jackson, Parneshia Jones, Tomás Q. Morín, Natasha Sajé, Betsy Sholl, Leslie Ullman, Nance Van Winckel, David Wojahn
    Fiction: Trinie Dalton, Connie May Fowler, Abby Frucht, Douglas Glover, David Jauss, Ellen Lesser, Brian Leung, Bret Lott, Richard McCann, Clint McCown, Adam McOmber, Hasanthika Sirisena, Nance Van Winckel, Robert Vivian, Xu Xi
    Creative Nonfiction: Harrison Candelaria Fletcher, Connie May Fowler, Douglas Glover, Barbara Hurd, Bret Lott, Patrick Madden, Richard McCann, Sue William Silverman, Robert Vivian

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 25-30 per semester
    Deadline: 10/1/19
  • Montpelier, VT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Rita Banerjee (Director), Justin Bigos
    Fiction: Trinie Dalton, Miciah Bay Gault, Erin Stalcup
    Creative Nonfiction: Trinie Dalton, Jericho Parms, Sean Prentiss

    Visiting Faculty (poetry, prose, screenwriting, publishing): Ibrahim Ahmad, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Frances Cannon, Caitlin Leffel, Tim Kirkman, Kelly McMahon, Elissa Schappell,  James Scott, David Shields, Rob Spillman, Bianca Stone, Janaka Stucky

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-20 per cohort
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Montpelier, VT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    William Alexander, Tom Birdseye, Martha Brockenbrough, Alan Cumyn, David Macinnis Gill, Corey Ann Haydu, Louise Hawes, Varian Johnson, A.S. King, Uma Krishnaswami, Jane Kurtz, Martine Leavitt, Anna-Marie McLemore, Kekla Magoon, Cori McCarthy, An Na, Mary Quattlebaum, Sara Ryan, Liz Garton Scanlon, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Nova Ren Suma, Shelley Tanaka, Linda Urban, Jennifer Ziegler

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 18-25
    Deadline: 10/15/19
  • Richmond, VA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Gregory Donovan, Kathleen Graber, David Wojahn
    Fiction: Susann Cokal, Clint McCown, Hanna Pylväinen
    Nonfiction: Sonja Livingston

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8
    Deadline: 1/15/20
  • Blacksburg, VA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Nikki Giovanni, Jeffrey Mann, Erika Meitner, Carmen Giménez Smith
    Fiction: Edward Falco, Evan Lavender-Smith, Lucinda Roy, Matthew Vollmer

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 7-9
    Deadline: 1/8/20
  • Asheville, NC
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Kaveh Akbar, Debra Allbery, Marianne Boruch, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Daisy Fried, Brooks Haxton, Rodney Jones, A. Van Jordan, Christine Kitano, Dana Levin, Sandra Lim, James Longenbach, Maurice Manning, Heather McHugh, Pablo Medina, Matthew Olzmann, Martha Rhodes, Alan Shapiro, Mary Szybist, Dan Tobin, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Connie Voisine, Alan Williamson, Eleanor Wilner, Monica Youn, C. Dale Young

    Fiction: Dean Bakopoulos, Andrea Barrett, Charles Baxter, Robert Boswell, Liam Callanan, Maud Casey, Christopher Castellani, Lan Samantha Chang, Sonya Chung, Angela Flournoy, Jeremy Gavron, Lauren Groff, David Haynes, T. Geronimo Johnson, Nina McConigley, Kevin McIlvoy, Ana Menendez, Antonya Nelson, Peter Orner, Michael Parker, Kirstin Valdez Quade, Robin Romm, David Shields, Joan Silber, Marisa Silver, Dominic Smith, Debra Spark, Peter Turchi, Laura van den Berg

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 15 each semester
    Deadline: 9/1/19
  • Saint Louis, MO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Mary Jo Bang, Aditi Machado, Carl Phillips
    Fiction: Kathryn Davis, Danielle Dutton, Marshall Klimasewiski
    Nonfiction: Kathleen Finneran, Edward McPherson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 13
    Deadline: 12/15/19
  • Morgantown, WV
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jenny Johnson, Mary Ann Samyn
    Fiction: Mark Brazaitis, Glenn Taylor
    Nonfiction: Christa Parravani, Anthony Swofford

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8-10
    Deadline: 1/15/20
  • Buckhannon, WV
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Mark DeFoe, Devon McNamara, Doug Van Gundy
    Fiction: Richard Schmitt, Jon Corcoran
    Nonfiction: M. Randall O’Wain, Eric Waggoner

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 20
    Deadline: 10/1/19
  • Gunnison, CO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Aaron A. Abeyta, Tyson Hausdoerffer, Julie Kane, Andrew Sellon, Ryan Wilson
    Genre Fiction: Carlos Hernandez, Kat Howard, Candace Nadon, Rick Wilbur, Fran Wilde
    Screenwriting: Trai Cartwright, JS Mayank
    Nature Writing: Aaron A. Abeyta, Laura Pritchett, Julianne Warren
    Publishing: Kevin J. Anderson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 12-15
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Danbury, CT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Joe Ahearn, Brian Clements, Kateri Kosek
    Fiction: Sandra Rodriguez Barron, Jane Cleland, Oscar De Los Santos, Dan Pope, John Roche, Don Snyder, Tim Weed
    Nonfiction: Anthony D'Aries, Leah Carroll, Josh Pahigian, Daniel Asa Rose, Onnesha Roychoudhuri

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 10-15 per year
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Bowling Green, KY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Tom Hunley
    Fiction: David Bell
    Creative Nonfiction: Dale Rigby
    Scriptwriting: Jessica Folk

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6-8
    Deadline: 2/1/20

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