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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.

  • Los Angeles, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Guy Bennett, Peter Gadol, Jen Hofer, Marisa Matarazzo, Marisa Silver, Paul Vangelisti

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 16
    Deadline: 11/1/16
  • Tacoma, WA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Rick Barot, Linda Bierds, David Biespiel, Fleda Brown, Kevin Clark, Oliver de la Paz, Greg Glazner, Kevin Goodan, Peggy Shumaker
    Fiction: Suzanne Berne, David Cates, Adrianne Harun, Jim Heynen, David Huddle, Kent Meyers, Scott Nadelson, Ann Pancake, Marjorie Sandor
    Nonfiction: Barrie Jean Borich, Dinah Lenney, Rebecca McClanahan, Brenda Miller, Lia Purpura, Sherry Simpson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Program Size: 40-50
    Deadline: 11/30/16
  • Portland, OR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sandra Alcosser, Ellen Bass, Marvin Bell, Eduardo C. Corral, Kwame Dawes, Vievee Francis, Tyehimba Jess, Dorianne Laux, Joseph Millar

    Fiction: Chris Abani, Steve Amick, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Claire Davis, Jack Driscoll, Pete Fromm, Frank Gaspar, Laura Hendrie, Cate Kennedy, Valerie Laken, David Long, John McNally, Mary Helen Stefaniak, Kellie Wells

    Nonfiction: Sanjiv Bhattacharya, Judy Blunt, Debra Gwartney, Scott Korb, Mike Magnuson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Program Size: 90
    Deadline: 3/1/17
  • Chestnut Hill, MA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Kathleen Aguero, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Nicole Terez Dutton, Anne-Marie Oomen, Dzvinia Orlowsky, Iain Haley Pollock
    Fiction: Jedediah Berry, Venise Berry, Steven Huff, Robert Lopez, Laura Williams McCaffrey, Sandra Scofield, Renée Watson, Sterling Watson, David Yoo
    Nonfiction: Amy Hoffman, Randall Horton, Randall Kenan
    Comics & Graphic Narratives: Josh Neufeld

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Program Size: 35
    Deadline: 10/17/16
  • Portland, OR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: John Beer, Michele Glazer
    Fiction: Diana Abu-Jaber, Gabriel Urza, Leni Zumas
    Nonfiction: Paul Collins, Michael McGregor

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 55
    Deadline: 1/15/17
  • West Lafayette, IN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Marianne Boruch, Donald Platt
    Fiction: Roxane Gay, Brian Leung, Sharon Solwitz

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 24
    Deadline: 12/30/16
  • Flushing, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Nicole Cooley, Kimiko Hahn, Roger Sedarat
    Fiction: Maaza Mengiste
    Nonfiction: John Weir
    Translation: Ammiel Alcalay, Roger Sedarat

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 35
    Deadline: 2/15/17
  • Charlotte, NC
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Cathy Smith Bowers, Morri Creech, Sally Keith, Nick Lantz, James McKean, Jon Pineda, Robert Polito, Claudia Rankine
    Fiction: Pinckney Benedict, Jonathan Dee, Myla Goldberg, Zachary Lazar, Fred Leebron, Naeem Murr, Jenny Offill, David Payne, Patricia Powell, Steven Rinehart, Elissa Schappell, Dana Spiotta, Ashley Warlick
    Nonfiction: Emily Fox Gordon, Natalie Kusz, Suzannah Lessard

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Program Size: 80
    Deadline: 10/1/16
  • Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, or Santiago
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Ada Limón, Orlando Menes
    Fiction: Carolina De Robertis, Mary Gaitskill, Cristina Garcia, Francisco Goldman, Manuel Gonzalez, Fred Leebron, Chris Offutt, Nelly Rosario, Maxine Swann, Héctor Tobar
    Nonfiction: Francisco Goldman, Chris Offutt, Kathryn Rhett, Maxine Swann, Héctor Tobar

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Program Size: 18
    Deadline: 10/1/16
  • Waleska, GA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: William Walsh, William Wright
    Fiction: Raymond Atkins
    Nonfiction: Raymond Atkins, Karen Salyer McElmurray

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Program Size: 15
    Deadline: 4/1/17
  • Chicago, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Fiction: Kyle Beachy, Christian TeBordo
    Nonfiction: Regina Buccola

    Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 35
    Deadline: 2/1/17
  • Rosemont, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Marshall Warfield, Christine Salvatore
    Fiction: Randall Brown, Jennifer Fenn, Carmen Machado
    Nonfiction: Richard Bank, Kristina Moriconi
    Dramatic Writing: BJ Burton, Amy Punt

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 50
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Camden, NJ
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: J. T. Barbarese, Gregory Pardlo, Patrick Rosal
    Fiction & Nonfiction: Lauren Grodstein, Paul Lisicky, Lisa Zeidner
    Criticism: Tyler Hoffman

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 40
    Deadline: 1/20/17
  • Newark, NJ
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Rigoberto González, Rachel Hadas, A. Van Jordan, Brenda Shaughnessy
    Fiction: Alice Elliott Dark, Tayari Jones, John Keene, Jayne Anne Phillips, Akhil Sharma
    Nonfiction: James Goodman

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 40
    Deadline: 1/1/17
  • Moraga, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Brenda Hillman, Matthew Zapruder
    Fiction: Lysley Tenorio
    Nonfiction: Marilyn Abildskov, Wesley Gibson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 45
    Deadline: 1/31/17
  • Huntsville, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Ching-In Chen, Nick Lantz, Paul Ruffin
    Fiction: Olivia Clare, Scott Kaukonen, Paul Ruffin
    Nonfiction: Paul Ruffin

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 20
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • San Diego, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sandra Alcosser, Blas Falconer, Ilya Kaminsky
    Fiction: Katie Farris, Harold Jaffe, Stephen-Paul Martin, David Matlin

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 60
    Deadline: 2/1/17
  • San Francisco, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Maxine Chernoff, Paul Hoover, Andrew Joron, Daniel Langton
    Fiction: Nona Caspers, Maxine Chernoff, Andrew Joron, Peter Orner, Chanan Tigay
    Nonfiction: Toni Mirosevich, Chanan Tigay

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 37
    Deadline: 1/15/17
  • San Francisco, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Maxine Chernoff, Paul Hoover, Andrew Joron, Daniel Langton, Toni Mirosevich
    Fiction: Nona Caspers, Maxine Chernoff, Andrew Joron, Peter Orner, Chanan Tigay
    Nonfiction: Toni Mirosevich, Chanan Tigay

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 131
    Deadline: 1/15/17
  • San Jose, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Persis Karim, Samuel Maio, Alan Soldofsky
    Fiction: John Engell, Nick Taylor
    Nonfiction: Cathleen Miller

    The 2016 Lurie Distinguished Author-in-Residence was novelist and poet Cristina Garcia; The 2017 Lurie Distinguished Author-in-Residence will be novelist and editor Vendala Vida.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 40-45
    Deadline: 3/1/17
  • Bronxville, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Tina Chang, Aracelis Girmay, Matthea Harvey, Cathy Park Hong, Marie Howe, Jeffrey McDaniel, Dennis Nurske, Kate Phillips, Martha Rhodes, Monica Youn

    Fiction: Carolyn Ferrell, Garth Risk Hallberg, Kathleen Hill, David Hollander, Kristopher Jansma, Sophie McManus, Mary Morris, Brian Morton, Victoria Redel, Nelly Reifler, David Ryan, Joan Silber, Martha Southgate, Tiphanie Yanique

    Nonfiction: Jo Ann Beard, Vinson Cunningham, Tim Kreider, Leigh Newman, Stephen O'Connor, Jacob Slichter, Vijay Seshadri, Dan Zevin

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 120
    Deadline: 12/15/16
  • Savannah, GA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Atlanta: Stephanie Batcos, Christopher Bundy, Jamie Iredell, Catherine Ramsdell, Darby Sanders
    Savannah: Beth Concepción, Andrea Goto, Lee Griffith, Harrison Key, James Lough, Jonathan Rabb

    Genre: Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full, Online
    Program Size: Atlanta: 20; Savannah: 20; Online: 20
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Savannah, GA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Atlanta: Stephanie Batcos, Christopher Bundy, Jamie Iredell, Catherine Ramsdell, Darby Sanders
    Savannah: Beth Concepción, Andrea Goto, Lee Griffith, Harrison Key, James Lough, Jonathan Rabb

    Genre: Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full, Online
    Program Size: Atlanta: 20; Savannah: 20; Online: 20
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Chicago, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Calvin Forbes, Ruth Margraff, James McManus
    Fiction: Jesse Ball, Janet Desaulniers, Calvin Forbes, Sara Levine, James McManus, Beth Nugent
    Nonfiction: Sara Levine, James McManus
    Cross-Genre: Sally Alatalo, Mark Booth, Janet Desaulniers, Ruth Margraff, Beth Nugent

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 35-40
    Deadline: 1/10/17
  • New York, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Thomas Beard, Jennifer Krasinski, Claudia LaRocco, Dejan Lukic, Nancy Princenthal, David Levi Strauss, Lynne Tillman

    Genre: Not Genre-Specific
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 20
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions

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