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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.

  • Valencia, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Tisa Bryant, Brian Evenson, Doug Kearney, Maggie Nelson, Janet Sarbanes, Matias Viegener, Jon Wagner, Christine Wertheim

    Genre: Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 30
    Deadline: 12/1/16
  • 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
    Program Size: 24
    Deadline: 1/15/17
  • Pittsburgh, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Joseph Bathanti and Jan Beatty (US faculty); Jean O'Brien and Mary O'Donnell (Ireland faculty)
    Fiction: Joseph Bathanti and Janice Eidus (US faculty); Evelyn Conlon and Carlo Gébler (Ireland faculty)
    Nonfiction: Kevin Haworth and Kristin Kovacic (US faculty); Carlo Gébler and Brian Leyden (Ireland faculty)

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Program Size: 30
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Allentown, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jeffrey Greene, Gwyneth Lewis, Sidney Wade
    Fiction: Robert Antoni, Aleksandar Hemon, Jake Lamar, Fred Leebron, Dinaw Mengestu, Keija Parssinen, Jayne Anne Phillips
    Nonfiction: Kathryn Rhett, Jason Wilson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Low
    Program Size: 20
    Deadline: 8/1/16
  • Orange, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Anna Leahy
    Fiction: Mark Axelrod, Richard Bausch, Jim Blaylock, Alicia Kozameh, Martin Nakell
    Nonfiction: Tom Zoellner

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 36
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Pittsburgh, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Heather McNaugher, Sheila Squillante, Sheryl St. Germain
    Fiction: Sherrie Flick, Marc Nieson, Sarah Shotland
    Nonfiction: Marc Nieson, Sheryl St. Germain

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 105
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Pittsburgh, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Dilruba Ahmed, Heather McNaugher, Sheila Squillante
    Fiction: Karen Bender, Sherrie Flick, Derek Green, Elise Levine, Marc Nieson
    Nonfiction: Mel Fox, Suzanne RobertsSheila Squillante, Sheryl St. Germain

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Program Size:
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Chicago, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Kelly Norman Ellis, Sandra Jackson-Opoku, Quraysh Ali Lansana
    Fiction: Sandra Jackson-Opoku, Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu
    Nonfiction: Brenda E. Aghahowa

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 20
    Deadline: 10/15/16
  • New York, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: David Groff, Michelle Valladares
    Fiction: Salar Abdoh, Mark Mirsky, Emily Raboteau
    Nonfiction: David Groff, Emily Raboteau

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 90
    Deadline: 10/1/16
  • New Rochelle, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Fiction: Steven Hobbs, Sophie McManus, Bushra Rehman, Jackson Taylor
    Nonfiction: Amy Bass, David Goewey, Nereida Seguro Rico, Nick Smart, Daniel Smith

    Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 15-20
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Fort Collins, CO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Dan Beachy-Quick, Matthew Cooperman, Camille Dungy, Sasha Steensen
    Fiction: Andrew Altschul, Leslee Becker, Judy Doenges, E. J. Levy
    Nonfiction: Harrison Candelaria Fletcher, E. J. Levy, Deborah Thompson

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

    Poetry: Jenny Boully, CM Burroughs, Lisa Fishman, Matthew Shenoda, Tony Trigilio, David Trinidad
    Fiction: Don DeGrazia, Aleksandar Hemon, Garnett Kilberg-Cohen, Joseph Meno, Nami Mun, Samuel Park, Alexis Pride, Sam Weller
    Nonfiction: Jenny Boully, T Fleischmann, Aleksandar Hemon, Aviya Kushner, David Lazar, Sam Weller

    The Liberal Arts and Sciences Emerging Writer-in-Residence for 2015–2017 is nonfiction writer T Fleischmann.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 32
    Deadline: 1/13/17
  • New York, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Lucie Brock-Broido, Timothy Donnelly, Dorothea Lasky
    Fiction: Paul Beatty, Nicholas Christopher, Deborah Eisenberg, Richard Ford, Heidi Julavits, Binnie Kirshenbaum, Victor LaValle, Sam Lipsyte, Ben Marcus, Ben Metcalf, Orhan Pamuk, Elissa Schappell, Gary Shteyngart, Alan Ziegler
    Nonfiction: Hilton Als, Lis Harris, Leslie Jamison, Margo Jefferson, Richard Locke, Phillip Lopate
    Translation: Susan Bernofsky

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 210
    Deadline: 1/5/17
  • Saint Paul, MN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Fiction: Brittany Fonte, John Jodzio, Christopher Klim, Matt Ryan
    Creative Nonfiction: Debra Beilke, Eric Dregni, Rachel Moritz

    Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Online
    Program Size: 20-30
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Spartanburg, SC
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Suzanne Cleary, Denise Duhamel, Albert Goldbarth, Rick Mulkey, Richard Tillinghast
    Fiction: Marlin Barton, C. Michael Curtis, Thomas Hays, Cary Holladay, Robert Olmstead, Leslie Pietrzyk, Susan Tekulve
    Nonfiction: C. Michael Curtis, Jim Minick, Susan Tekulve, Richard Tillinghast, Dan Wakefield

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Program Size: 36
    Deadline: 10/1/16
  • Ithaca, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Alice Fulton, Ishion Hutchinson, Joanie Mackowski, Robert Ray Morgan, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
    Fiction: John Robert Lennon, Ernesto Quiñonez, Stephanie Vaughn, Helena Maria Viramontes

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 16
    Deadline: 12/15/16
  • Ithaca, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Alice Fulton, Ishion Hutchinson, Joanie Mackowski, Robert Ray Morgan, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
    Fiction: John Robert Lennon, Ernesto Quiñonez, Stephanie Vaughn, Helena Maria Viramontes

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 2 in the joint program (16 MFA and approximately 35 PhD candidates)
    Deadline: 12/15/16
  • Omaha, NE
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Trey Moody, Teri Youman Grimm
    Fiction: David Philip Mullins, Mary Helen Stefaniak, Brent Spencer
    Nonfiction: Brent Spencer

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 27
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • 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
    Program Size: 60-70
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • San Rafael, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Program Size: 15-40
    Deadline: 5/1/17
  • Madison, NJ
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Aracelis Girmay, Alicia Ostriker, Sean Nevin, Mihaela Moscaliuc, Judith Vollmer, Michael Waters, Ellen Doré Watson, Afaa Michael Weaver

    Genre: Poetry
    Residency: Low
    Program Size: 32-40
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • 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
    Program Size: 12
    Deadline: 3/15/17
  • 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
    Program Size: 60
    Deadline: 2/24/17
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Fiction: David Bishop, Sam Boyce
    Nonfiction: Sam Boyce
    Graphic Novels: David Bishop
    Screenwriting: James Mavor
    Interactive Media: Brian Baglow

    Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 24
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Boston, MA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jonathan Aaron, Christine Casson, Gail Mazur, Pablo Medina, John Skoyles, Daniel Tobin
    Fiction: Ben Brooks, Maria Flook, Julia Glass, Lise Haines, DeWitt Henry, Kim McLarin, William Orem, Pamela Painter, Jon Papernick, Ladette Randolph, Frederick Reiken, Jessica Treadway, Steve Yarbrough, Mako Yoshikawa
    Nonfiction: Jabari Asim, Richard Hoffman, Megan Marshall, Jerald Walker, Douglas Whynott

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 110
    Deadline: 2/1/17

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