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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.

  • 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: 12/16/19
  • 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 2018–2019 visiting faculty includes poets Tracie Morris and Layli Long Soldier, and fiction writers Alexia Arthurs, Tom Drury, Adam Haslett, Frances de Pontes Peebles, and Jess Walter.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 50
    Deadline: 12/15/19
  • 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: 12/31/19
  • Lexington, KY
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Poet Ansel Elkins is a visiting writer from 2017–2018.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 2/1/20
  • College Park, MD
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Elizabeth Arnold, Michael Collier, Joshua Weiner
    Fiction: Maud Casey, Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes, Emily Mitchell, Howard Norman

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8
    Deadline: 1/3/20
  • 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: 12/15/19
  • 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: 1/15/19
  • Memphis, TN
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8
    Deadline: 3/1/20
  • Coral Gables, FL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jaswinder Bolina, Maureen Seaton
    Fiction: Chantel Acevedo, A. Manette Ansay, M. Evelina Galang, Amina Gautier

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5-6
    Deadline: 12/1/19
  • Ann Arbor, MI
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 22
    Deadline: 12/15/19
  • Minneapolis, MN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Charles Baxter, 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: 12/1/19
  • Oxford, MS
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    The Grisham Writer in Residence for 2018–2019 will be Garth Greenwell.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8
    Deadline: 12/15/19
  • Columbia, MO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Aliki Barnstone, Gabriel Fried, Sw. Anand Prahlad
    Fiction: Trudy Lewis, Speer Morgan, Phong Nguyen
    Nonfiction: Julija Šukys

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 39 (MA and PhD students combined)
    Deadline: 1/1/18
  • Columbia, MO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Aliki Barnstone, Gabriel Fried, Sw. Anand Prahlad
    Fiction: Trudy Lewis, Speer Morgan, Phong Nguyen
    Nonfiction: Julija Šukys

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 39 (MA and PhD students combined)
    Deadline: 1/1/19
  • Kansas City, MO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Hadara Bar-Nadav, Robert Stewart
    Fiction: Christie Hodgen, Michael Pritchett, Whitney Terrell
    Nonfiction: Christie Hodgen, Whitney Terrell

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-12
    Deadline: 1/15/19
  • St. Louis, MO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Steven Schreiner, Shane Seely
    Fiction: John Dalton, Mary Troy

     

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 3/1/20
  • Missoula, MT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Joanna Klink, Stacy Szymaszek
    Fiction: Kevin Canty, Debra Magpie Earling, Deirdre McNamer
    Nonfiction: Judy Blunt, David Gates

    The Visiting Hugo Writer for Fall 2019 is Malena Mörling, and the Distinguished Kittredge Writer for Spring 2020 is Marie-Helene Bertino.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20
    Deadline: 1/5/20
  • Lincoln, NE
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Grace Bauer, Stephen Behrendt, Kwame Dawes, Ted Kooser, Hope Wabuke, Stacey Waite
    Fiction: Jonis Agee, Jennine Capó Crucet, Joy Castro, Amelia María de la Luz Montes, Chigozie Obioma, Timothy Schaffert

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6-8
    Deadline: 12/5/18
  • Lincoln, NE
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Grace Bauer, Stephen Behrendt, Kwame Dawes, Ted Kooser, Hope Wabuke, Stacey Waite
    Fiction: Jonis Agee, Jennine Capó Crucet, Joy Castro, Amelia María de la Luz Montes, Chigozie Obioma, Timothy Schaffert
     

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6-8
    Deadline: 12/5/18
  • 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: 11/15/19
  • Las Vegas, NV
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Claudia Keelan, Donald Revell
    Fiction: Maile Chapman, Douglas Unger
    Literary Nonfiction: David Morris, José Orduña

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 2
    Deadline: 1/15/20
  • Las Vegas, NV
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Claudia Keelan, Donald Revell
    Fiction: Maile Chapman, Douglas Unger
    Literary Nonfiction: David Morris, José Orduña

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 15
    Deadline: 1/15/20
  • Reno, NV
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Steve Gehrke, Ann Keniston, Gailmarie Pahmeier, Jared Stanley
    Fiction: Christopher Coake, David Anthony Durham, S. M. (Sarah) Hulse

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6-10
    Deadline: 1/15/20
  • Durham, NH
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Mekeel McBride, David Rivard
    Fiction: Jaed Coffin, Thomas Payne, Ann Joslin Williams
    Nonfiction: Jaed Coffin, Susan Hertz

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 15-18
    Deadline: 1/15/20
  • Albuquerque, NM
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Michelle Brooks, Mark Caughey, Marisa P. Clark, Lisa D. Chavez, Diane Thiel
    Fiction: Andrew Bourelle, Michelle Brooks, Marisa P. Clark, Daniel Mueller, Julie Shigekuni
    Nonfiction: Steve Benz, Michelle Brooks, Gregory Martin, Diane Thiel

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5-8
    Deadline: 1/15/20

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