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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.

  • 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: 1/15/19
  • Urbana, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Janice Harrington, Michael Madonick
    Fiction: Ted Sanders, Alex Shakar, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, David Wright

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6
    Deadline: 12/1/18
  • Chicago, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Daniel Borzutzky, Christina Pugh, Luis Urrea
    Fiction: Christopher Grimes, Cris Mazza, Anne Mary Mohanraj, Luis Urrea
    Nonfiction: Anne Mary Mohanraj, Luis Urrea

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-20
    Deadline: 2/1/19
  • Chicago, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Daniel Borzutzky, Christina Pugh, Luis Urrea
    Fiction: Christopher Grimes, Cris Mazza, Anne Mary Mohanraj, Luis Urrea
    Nonfiction: Anne Mary Mohanraj, Luis Urrea

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6-10
    Deadline: 12/15/18
  • 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: 12/14/18
  • 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: 12/15/18
  • 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: 12/31/18
  • 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, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 9
    Deadline: 3/1/19
  • College Park, MD
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8
    Deadline: 1/3/19
  • Amherst, MA
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20
    Deadline: 12/15/18
  • 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: 10/15/18
  • 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: 12/1/18
  • Ann Arbor, MI
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 22
    Deadline: 12/15/18
  • Minneapolis, MN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Peter Campion, Ray Gonzalez, Douglas Kearney
    Fiction: Charles Baxter, M. J. Fitzgerald, Julie Schumacher, V. V. Ganeshananthan
    Nonfiction: Patricia Hampl, Kathryn Nuernberger, Kim Todd

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 12/1/18
  • 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: 12/15/18
  • Columbia, MO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Aliki Barnstone, Scott Cairns, Sw. Anand Prahlad
    Fiction: Trudy Lewis, Speer Morgan
    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, Scott Cairns, Sw. Anand Prahlad
    Fiction: Trudy Lewis, Speer Morgan
    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: 3/1/19
  • Missoula, MT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Joanna Klink, Prageeta Sharma, Karen Volkman
    Fiction: Kevin Canty, Debra Magpie Earling, Deirdre McNamer
    Nonfiction: Judy Blunt, David Gates

    The Visiting Hugo Writer for Fall 2018 is Stacy Szymasek.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20
    Deadline: 1/6/19
  • 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, Teri Youmans Grimm, Art Homer, Marya Hornbacher, Steve Langan, Jim Peterson, Elizabeth Powell, Lee Ann Roripaugh, William Trowbridge

    Fiction and Creative Nonfiction: Pope Brock, Kevin Clouther, Richard Duggin, Kate Gale, Amy Hassinger, Marya Hornbacher, Patricia Lear, Kristen-Paige Madonia, Jessica Hendry Nelson, Tom Paine, Jim Peterson, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Karen Gettert Shoemaker, Catherine Texier, Charles Wyatt

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 6-12 per semester
    Deadline: 11/15/18
  • 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: 6
    Deadline: 1/15/19

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