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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, Susan Neville
    Nonfiction: Hilene Flanzbaum, Andrew Levy, Susan Neville
     

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 15
    Deadline: 4/2/21
  • San Francisco, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Tonya Foster, Joseph Lease
    Fiction: Tom Barbash, Jasmin Darznik, Aimee Phan
    Nonfiction: Faith Adiele, Jasmin Darznik, Leslie Carol Roberts, Judith Serin

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 15
    Deadline: 1/10/21
  • San Francisco, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Carolyn Cooke and Cindy Shearer (Dept. Chair)

    Associated Faculty: Kris Brandenburger, Alex Burger, Judy Grahn, Pireeni Sundaralingam, as well as guest artists each year

    Genre: Cross-Genre
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 10-12 each semester
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Santa Clarita, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Tisa Bryant, Gabrielle Civil, Brian Evenson, Michael Leong, Anthony McCann, Janet Sarbanes, Matias Viegener, Jon Wagner

    Genre: Not Genre-Specific
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 15–20
    Deadline: 1/4/21
  • 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, Anacelis Girmay, James Allen Hall, Sapphire, Kate Wisel; Kevin Barry, Colette Bryce, Sinéad Gleeson, Claire Keegan, Annemarie Ni Churreain, Mark O’Connell

     

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

    Poetry: 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
    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: 8/1/20
  • Orange, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Anna Leahy, 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: 2/1/21
  • Pittsburgh, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 15
    Deadline: 2/15/21
  • 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, Sheryl St. Germain

    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: Arthur Amaker, Brenda E. Aghahowa

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 7–10
    Deadline: 10/15/20
  • New York, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Cynthia Cruz, David Groff, Nicole Sealey, Michelle Valladares
    Fiction: Salar Abdoh, Lyn Di Iorio, Keith Gandal, Mark Mirsky, Emily Raboteau
    Nonfiction: Amir Ahmadi Arian, Mikhal Dekel, David Groff, Emily Raboteau
    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: 2/15/21
  • Charleston, SC
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Gary Jackson, Emily Rosko
    Fiction: Bret Lott, Malinda McCollum, Anthony Varallo

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 1/15/21
  • Fort Collins, CO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Dan Beachy-Quick, Matthew Cooperman, Camille Dungy, Sasha Steensen
    Fiction: Andrew Altschul, Ramona Ausubel, E. J. Levy
    Nonfiction: Harrison Candelaria Fletcher, E. J. Levy, Sarah Sloane, Deborah Thompson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8–12
    Deadline: 1/1/21
  • 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: 36
    Deadline: 1/15/21
  • New York, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Fiction: Paul Beatty, Anelise Chen, Nicholas Christopher, Deborah Eisenberg, Richard Ford, Rivka Galchen, Heidi Julavits, Binnie Kirshenbaum, Victor LaValle, Sam Lipsyte, Ben Marcus, Orhan Pamuk, 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: Joshua Cohen, CAConrad, Cynthia Cruz, Meghan Daum, Nicholas Delbanco, Mark Doten, Farnoosh Fathi, Joshua Furst, Jen George, Alan Gilbert, Aracelis Girmay, Michael Greenberg, Xiaolu Guo, Madhu Kaza, John Keene, Nicole Krauss,Hari Kunzru, Paul La Farge, Gideon Lewis-Kraus, Lynn Melnick, Daphne Merkin, Ben Metcalf, Erroll McDonald, Kamila Aisha Moon, Jen Percy, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Alice Quinn, Camille Rankine, Christine Schutt, Leanne Shapton, Benjamin Taylor, Jia Tolentino, Lara Vapnyar, Natasha Wimmer, Brenda Wineapple, James Wood, Mark Wunderlich, Wendy Xu, Monica Youn, Jenny Zhang

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Translation
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 110
    Deadline: 1/5/21
  • Saint Paul, MN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Sheldon Lee Compton, Brittany Fonte, Sharon Hinck, John Jodzio, Christopher Klim, and Matt Ryan

    Genre: Fiction
    Residency: Online
    Incoming Class Size: 20-30
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Spartanburg, SC
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Suzanne Cleary, Tyree Daye, Denise Duhamel, Rick Mulkey, Richard Tillinghast
    Fiction: Marlin Barton, Geoff Herbah (YA fiction), Cary Holladay, Sheila O’Connor (YA Fiction), Robert Olmstead, Leslie Pietrzyk, Susan Tekulve
    Nonfiction: Jim Minick, Leslie Pietrzyk, Spencer Reece, Susan Tekulve, Richard Tillinghast

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 12-15
    Deadline: 10/1/20
  • Ithaca, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Alice Fulton, 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, Stephanie Vaughn, Helena Maria Viramontes

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8
    Deadline: 12/15/20
  • 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
    Incoming Class Size: 15-20
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • San Rafael, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Joan Baranow, Judy Halebsky
    Fiction: Thomas Burke, Marianne Rogoff
    Nonfiction: Perry Guevara

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 5-10
    Deadline: 12/2/20
  • La Grande, OR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: David Axelrod, Jennifer Boyden, James Crews, Christopher Howell
    Fiction: Barry Kitterman, Megan Kruse, James Stolen
    Nonfiction: Justin Hocking, Jodi Varon
    Wilderness Writing: David Axelrod, Justin Hocking, James Stolen

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 3/30/21
  • Spokane, WA
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20-24
    Deadline: 2/17/21
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Fiction: David Bishop, Laura Lam, Daniel Shand
    Young Adult: Laura Lam
    Graphic Novels: David Bishop
    Screenwriting: James Mavor
    Interactive Media: Brian Baglow

    Genre: Fiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 24
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Boston, MA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Writing: Kim McLarin, Jon Papernick, Jessica Treadway
    Literature: William Donoghue, Roy Kamada, William Orem
    Publishing: Lisa Diercks, Gian Lombardo, John Rodzvilla

    Genre: Fiction
    Residency: Online
    Incoming Class Size: 12–18
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Boston, MA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Christine Casson, Rajiv Mohabir, Daniel Tobin
    Fiction: Ben Brooks, Maria Flook, Julia Glass, Lise Haines, Kim McLarin, William Orem, Pamela Painter, Jon Papernick, Ladette Randolph, Frederick Reiken, Steve Yarbrough, Mako Yoshikawa
    Nonfiction: Jabari Asim, Richard Hoffman, Megan Marshall, Jerald Walker

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 32–55
    Deadline: 2/1/21

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