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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.

  • Indianapolis, IN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Chris Forhan, Alessandra Lynch
    Fiction: Dan Barden, Michael Dahlie
    Nonfiction: Hilene Flanzbaum, Andrew Levy, Natalie Lima

    2021-2022 Booth Tarkington Writer-in-Residence: Hanif Abdurraqib.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 15
    Deadline: 3/1/23
  • San Francisco, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Faith Adiele, Tom Barbash, Rita Bullwinkel, Jasmin Darznik, Joseph Lease, Denise Newman, Aimee Phan, Leslie Carol Roberts, Judith Serin, Noah Stern

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 15
    Deadline: 1/10/23
  • San Francisco, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Carolyn Cooke and Cindy Shearer (Dept. Chair)

    Associated Faculty: Alex Burger, Nupu Press, George Reyes, as well as guest artists each year.

    Genre: Cross-Genre
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 8-10
    Deadline: 2/15/23
  • Santa Clarita, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Tisa Bryant, Gabrielle Civil, Brian Evenson, Anthony McCann, Janet Sarbanes, Matias Viegener

    Genre: Not Genre-Specific
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 14–20
    Deadline: 1/4/23
  • Long Beach, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: David Hernandez, Bill Mohr, Patty Seyburn, Charles Webb
    Fiction: Stephen Cooper, Lisa Glatt, Suzanne Greenberg, Rafael Zepeda

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6
    Deadline: 2/15/23
  • Pittsburgh, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Richard Blanco, Gerry LaFemina, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Judith Vollmer (U.S. faculty) Jean O'Brien, Enda Wyley (Ireland faculty)

    Fiction: Joseph Bathanti, Karin Lin-Greenberg, Geeta Kothari (U.S. faculty) Evelyn Conlon, Carlo Gebler (Ireland faculty)

    Nonfiction: Diane Glancy (U.S. faculty); Brian Leyden (Ireland faculty)

    Distinguished Writer in Residence: Jan Beatty

    Visiting Writers: Sandra Cisneros, Toi Derricotte, Anne Enright, Aracelis Girmay, James Allen Hall, Sapphire, Kate Wisel, Kevin Barry, Colette Bryce, Sinéad Gleeson, Elizabeth Kadetsky, Claire Keegan, Ada Limón, Annemarie Ni Churreain, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Mark O’Connell, Deesha Philyaw, Sam Quinones, Sejal Shah, Patricia Smith, Niall Williams

     

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 25-30 per year
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Dublin, Barcelona, and Vienna
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Megan Fernandes, Heather Green, Jeffrey Greene, Gwyneth Lewis, Alice Miller, David St. John, Peter Streckfus
    Fiction: Robert Antoni, David Bezmozgis, Aleksandar Hemon, Dinaw Mengestu, Keija Parssinen, Kate Racculia, Diana Spechler, David Heska Wambli Weiden
    Nonfiction: Jeffrey Greene, Aleksandar Hemon, Gwyneth Lewis, Diana Spechler

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 10-12 per year
    Deadline: 8/1/22
  • Orange, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Anna Leahy, Brian Glaser, Martin Nakell
    Fiction: Mark Axelrod, Richard Bausch, Jim Blaylock, Alicia Kozameh, Martin Nakell
    Nonfiction: Anna Leahy, Tom Zoellner
    Screenwriting: Mark Axelrod, Mildred Lewis

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 15–25
    Deadline: 2/1/23
  • Pittsburgh, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Heather McNaugher, Sheila Squillante, Leia Wilson
    Fiction: Sherrie Flick, Marc Nieson
    Nonfiction: Marc Nieson, Sheila Squillante

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 15
    Deadline: 2/1/23
  • Pittsburgh, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Dilruba Ahmed, Heather McNaugher, Rachel Mennies, Sheila Squillante
    Fiction: Kathy Ayres, Karen Bender, Sherrie Flick, Derek Green, Marc Nieson
    Nonfiction: Mel Fox, Paul Hertneky, Suzanne Roberts, Sheila Squillante

    Recent/Visiting Faculty Includes:
    Poetry: Camille Dungy, Julia Spicher Kasdorf, Philip Metres, Jeff Oaks
    Fiction: Christopher Barzak, Wiley Cash, Sherrie Flick, Pam Houston, Tim Parrish
    Nonfiction: Kathleen Fallon, Lori Jakiela, BK Loren, Kathryn Miles, Dinty W. Moore, Ira Sukrungruang

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 5–7
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Chicago, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Kelly Norman Ellis
    Fiction: Cole Lavalais
    Film/Television: Christine List
    Publishing: Brenda E. Aghahowa, Arthur Amaker 

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5–10
    Deadline: 7/15/22
  • New York, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Cynthia Cruz, David Groff, Nathalie Handel, Nicole Sealey, Michelle Valladares
    Fiction: Salar Abdoh, Lyn Di Iorio, Keith Gandal, Mark Mirsky, Emily Raboteau, Nelly Rosario, Dalia Sofer, Shay Youngblood
    Nonfiction: Amir Ahmadi Arian, Mikhal Dekel, David Groff, Yahdon Israel, Emily Raboteau, Irvin Weathersby, Jr.
    Translation: David Unger
    YA Fiction: Pam Laskin
    Screenwriting / Drama: Robert Barron, Marc Palmieri

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Translation
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 125
    Deadline: 2/15/23
  • Charleston, SC
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Gary Jackson, Emily Rosko
    Fiction: Bret Lott, T Kira Mahealani Madden, Malinda McCollum, Anthony Varallo
    Creative Nonfiction: Bret Lott, T Kira Mahealani Madden

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 18
    Deadline: 1/15/23
  • Fort Collins, CO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Dan Beachy-Quick, Matthew Cooperman, Camille Dungy, Sasha Steensen
    Fiction: Andrew Altschul, Ramona Ausubel, Nina McConigley
    Nonfiction: Harrison Candelaria Fletcher, Jaquira Díaz

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12-15
    Deadline: 1/1/23
  • Chicago, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: CM Burroughs, Lisa Fishman, Tony Trigilio, David Trinidad
    Fiction: Don DeGrazia, Garnett Kilberg-Cohen, Patricia Ann McNair, Joseph Meno, Alexis Pride, Sam Weller
    Nonfiction: Aviya Kushner, Patricia Ann McNair, Sam Weller

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20-25
    Deadline: 1/15/22
  • New York, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Timothy Donnelly, Dorothea Lasky, Shane McCrae, Deborah Paredez, Lynn Xu

    Fiction: Diksha Basu, Paul Beatty, Anelise Chen, Nicholas Christopher, Deborah Eisenberg, Richard Ford, Rivka Galchen, Heidi Julavits, Binnie Kirshenbaum, Victor LaValle, Sam Lipsyte, Ben Marcus, Orhan Pamuk, Matthew Salesses, Gary Shteyngart, Alan Ziegler

    Nonfiction: Hilton Als, Lis Harris, Leslie Jamison, Margo Jefferson, Richard Locke, Phillip Lopate, Wendy S. Walters

    Translation: Susan Bernofsky

    Recent Adjunct Faculty: Gila Ashtor, Hannah Assadi, Corinna Barsan, Cris Beam, Keri Bertino, Matthew Burgess, James Cañón, Bonnie Chau, CAConrad, Lilly Dancyger, Carina del Valle Schorske, Jay Deshpande, Katrina Dodson, Thom Donovan, Joshua Edwards, Monica Ferrell, BK Fischer, Ruth Franklin, Josh Furst, Alan Gilbert, Eli Gottlieb, Yardenne Greenspan, Benjamin Hale, Joanna Hershon, Briallen Hopper, Nailini Jones, Madhu Kaza, Nicole Krauss, Daniel Magariel, Erroll McDonald, Lynn Melnick, Lincoln Michel, Alicia Mountain, Michelle Orange, Joseph Osmundson, Nadia Owusu, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Leonard Schwartz, Rachel Sherman, Lee Siegel, Ira Silverberg, Hasanthika Sirisena, Emily Skillings, Lynn Steger Strong, Benjamin Taylor, Edwin Torres, Lara Vapnyar, Asiya Wadud, Brenda Wineapple, Mark Wunderlich, Matvei Yankelevich, Kate Zambreno

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Translation
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 110
    Deadline: 1/4/23
  • Saint Paul, MN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Sarah Ahiers, Sheldon Lee Compton, Brittany Fonte, John Jodzio, Christopher Klim, and Matt Ryan

    Genre: Fiction
    Residency: Online
    Incoming Class Size: 15-25
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Spartanburg, SC
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Suzanne Cleary, Tyree Daye, Denise Duhamel, Rick Mulkey, Ashley M. Jones, Richard Tillinghast
    Fiction: Marlin Barton, Geoff Herbah (YA fiction), Sheila O’Connor (YA Fiction), Robert Olmstead, Leslie Pietrzyk, Susan Tekulve
    Nonfiction: Denise Duhamel, Robert Olmstead, Leslie Pietrzyk, Susan Tekulve, Richard Tillinghast

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 20
    Deadline: 10/1/22
  • Ithaca, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Ishion Hutchinson, Valzhyna Mort, Joanie Mackowski, Robert Ray Morgan, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
    Fiction: Emily Fridlund, Michael Koch, John Robert Lennon, Ernesto Quiñonez, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Helena Maria Viramontes

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8
    Deadline: 12/15/22
  • Chicago, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Richard Jones
    Fiction: Dan Stolar, Rebecca Johns Trissler
    Nonfiction: Ted Anton, Barrie Jean Borich, Miles Harvey, Michele Morano

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full, Online
    Incoming Class Size: 15-20
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Center Valley, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Stephen Myers
    Fiction: Juilene Osborne-McKnight
    Nonfiction: Stephen Myers

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 6-10
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • San Rafael, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Joan Baranow, Judy Halebsky
    Fiction: Kim Culbertson, Claudia Morales
    Nonfiction: Thomas Burke, Marianne Rogoff

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 5-10
    Deadline: 12/1/22
  • Philadelphia, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Nomi Eve, Tim Bascom, Denny S. Bryce, Erin Celello, Julie Cantrell, Heather Christie, Brenda Copeland, Kelly Creagh, Paula Marantz Cohen, Sonali Dev, Andrew Eisenman, Tina Ann Forkner, Ann Garvin, Brandi Megan Granett, Katie Rose Guest, Pryal Cassandra Hirsch, Ravi Howard, Amy Impellizzeri, Kosoko Jackson, Evan James, Sadeqa Johnson, Caleb Johnson, Karen Karbo, Jon McGoran, Tif Marcelo, Courtney Maum, Sandra Novak, Teresa Messineo, Harriet Levin Millan, Rachel Pastan, Megan Poland, Aimie K. Runyan, Hank Philippi Ryan, Scott Stein, Belinda Huijuan Tang, Kelly Simmons, Heather Webb, Allison Whittenberg

    Genre: Fiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 24
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • La Grande, OR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Abigail Chabitnoy, Jennifer Boyden, James Crews, Christopher Howell, Christopher Kondrick
    Fiction: Claire Boyles, Megan Kruse, Joe Wilkins
    Nonfiction: Melissa Matthewson, Kate Miles, Nick Neely, Jodi Varon
    Environmental Writing: Noah Davis, Aliette Frank
    Young Adult: Stephanie Oakes, Eliot Treichel

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 3/1/22
  • Spokane, WA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Christopher Howell, Jonathan Johnson
    Fiction: Samuel Ligon, Gregory Spatz
    Nonfiction: Natalie Kusz, Rachel Toor

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20-24
    Deadline: 2/17/23

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