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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.

  • 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: 12/15/18
  • Edinburg and Brownsville, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 10/1/18
  • 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: Cindy McCreery, Stuart Kelban, Richard Lewis
    Playwriting: Liz Engelman, Kirk Lynn, KJ Sanchez

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 12/1/18
  • Salt Lake City, UT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Katharine Coles, Jacqueline Osherow, Paisley Rekdal
    Fiction: Katharine Coles, Michael Mejia, Lance Olsen, Paisley Rekdal, Melanie Thon

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-12
    Deadline: 12/15/18
  • Salt Lake City, UT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Katharine Coles, Jacqueline Osherow, Paisley Rekdal
    Fiction: Katharine Coles, Michael Mejia, Lance Olsen, Paisley Rekdal, Melanie Thon

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-12
    Deadline: 12/15/18
  • Victoria, Canada
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5
    Deadline: 12/1/18
  • Charlottesville, VA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Rita Dove, Paul Guest, Debra Nystrom, Gregory Orr, Lisa Russ Spaar
    Fiction: Jeffery Renard Allen, Jane Alison, John Casey, Elizabeth Denton, Jeb Livingood, Christopher Tilghman

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 12/15/18
  • Bothell, WA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Amaranth Borsuk, Sarah Dowling, Jeanne Heuving
    Prose: Rebecca Brown
    Hybrid: Abraham Avnisan, Rebecca Brown, Jeanne Heuving, Ted Hiebert, Joe Milutis

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 15
    Deadline: 2/1/19
  • 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: 1/2/19
  • Madison, WI
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Amy Quan Barry, Sean Bishop, Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Jesse Lee Kercheval
    Fiction: Jesse Lee Kercheval, Ron Kuka, Judith Claire Mitchell

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6
    Deadline: 12/15/18
  • Milwaukee, WI
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Kimberly Blaeser, Brenda Cárdenas, Rebecca Dunham, Maurice Kilwein-Guevara
    Fiction: Liam Callanan, George Clark, Maurice Kilwein-Guevara, Valerie Laken

    Genre: Not Genre-Specific, Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 40-50 (MA and PhD students combined)
    Deadline: 12/15/17
  • Milwaukee, WI
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Kimberly Blaeser, Brenda Cárdenas, Rebecca Dunham, Maurice Kilwein-Guevara
    Fiction: Liam Callanan, George Clark, Maurice Kilwein-Guevara, Valerie Laken

    Genre: Not Genre-Specific, Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 40-50 (MA and PhD students combined)
    Deadline: 12/15/17
  • Laramie, WY
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 4-9
    Deadline: 1/10/19
  • 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: 12/15/18
  • Montpelier, VT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Ralph Angel, Mark Cox, Matthew Dickman, Richard Jackson, Tomás Q. Morín, Natasha Saje, Betsy Sholl, Leslie Ullman, Nance Van Winckel, David Wojahn

    Fiction: Trinie Dalton, Connie May Fowler, Abby Frucht, Douglas Glover, David Jauss, T. Geronimo Johnson, Ellen Lesser, Brian Leung, Bret Lott, Richard McCann, Clint McCown, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Martha Southgate, Nance Van Winckel, Robert Vivian

    Nonfiction: Harrison Candelaria Fletcher, Connie May Fowler, Douglas Glover, Barbara Hurd, Bret Lott, Patrick Madden, Richard McCann, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Sue William Silverman, Robert Vivian

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 25-30 per semester
    Deadline: 8/17/18
  • Montpelier, VT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Matthew Dickman, Ruben Quesada, Mary Ruefle
    Fiction: Julianna Baggott, Jensen Beach, Trinie Dalton, Janet Fitch, Miciah Bay Gault, Porochista Khakpour
    Nonfiction: Julianna Baggott, Trinie Dalton, Rigoberto González, Tim Kirkman, Jessica Hendry Nelson, Sean Prentiss

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-20
    Deadline: 2/28/18
  • Richmond, VA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Gregory Donovan, Kathleen Graber, David Wojahn
    Fiction: Susann Cokal, Clint McCown, Hanna Pylväinen
    Nonfiction: Sonja Livingston, Lina Maria Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8
    Deadline: 1/15/19
  • Blacksburg, VA
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    The visiting writers for 2018-19 include Stephanie Burt, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, sam sax, Zadie Smith, Steve Tomasula, and Terry Tempest Williams.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 7-9
    Deadline: 1/8/19
  • Asheville, NC
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Debra Allbery, Marianne Boruch, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Stephen Dobyns, Daisy Fried, Jennifer Grotz, Brooks Haxton, Rodney Jones, A. Van Jordan, Dana Levin, Sandra Lim, James Longenbach, Maurice Manning, Heather McHugh, Matthew Olzmann, Martha Rhodes, Alan R. Shapiro, Mary Szybist, Dan Tobin, Chase Twichell, 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, Jeremy Gavron, Lauren Groff, David Haynes, T. Geronimo Johnson, Kevin McIlvoy, Anna 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: 9/1/18
  • 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: 15
    Deadline: 12/15/18
  • 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: 1/15/19
  • Buckhannon, WV
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Mark DeFoe, Devon McNamara, Doug Van Gundy
    Fiction: Richard Schmitt, Jessie van Eerden
    Nonfiction: Eric Waggoner

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 20
    Deadline: 10/1/18
  • Danbury, CT
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 10-15 per year
    Deadline: 10/1/18
  • Bowling Green, KY
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6
    Deadline: 2/1/18
  • Kalamazoo, MI
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Nancy Eimers, Richard Katrovas, William Olsen
    Fiction: Richard Katrovas, Thisbe Nissen
    Nonfiction: Richard Katrovas
    Playwriting: Steve Feffer

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 2-6
    Deadline: 1/10/19

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