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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.

  • Raleigh, NC
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Dorianne Laux, Eduardo C. Corral
    Fiction: Wilton Barnhardt, Belle Boggs, Cadwell Turnbull

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12–13
    Deadline: 2/1/21
  • Akron, Cleveland, Kent, Youngstown, OH
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Mary Biddinger, Phil Brady, Caryl Pagel, Steven Reese, Catherine Wing
    Fiction: Chris Barzak, Imad Rahman, Eric Wasserman
    Nonfiction: Phil Brady, David Giffels

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20
    Deadline: 1/15/21
  • Flagstaff, AZ
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sherwin Bitsui, Andrea Francis, Nicole Walker
    Fiction: Ann Cummins, Chelsey Johnson, Lawrence Lenhart
    Nonfiction: Lawrence Lenhart, Kara Thompson, Nicole Walker

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 16
    Deadline: 2/1/21
  • Marquette, MI
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Austin Hummell, Patricia Killelea
    Fiction: Jon Billman, Jennifer A. Howard, Monica McFawn
    Nonfiction/Hybrid: Matthew Gavin Frank, Rachel May
     

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6
    Deadline: 2/1/21
  • Evanston, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Averill Curdy, Reginald Gibbons, Natasha Trethewey, Rachel Jamison Webster
    Fiction: Chris Abani, Brian Bouldrey, Sheila Donohue, Stuart Dybek, Juan Martinez, Shauna Seliy
    Nonfiction: Eula Biss, John Bresland

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 4
    Deadline: 12/15/20
  • Nottingham, England
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Andrew Taylor, Rory Waterman
    Fiction: David Belbin, Eve Makis
    Screenwriting: Anthony Cropper

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 15-25
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Columbus, OH
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Kathy Fagan, Marcus Jackson
    Fiction: Michelle Herman, Lee Martin, Nick White
    Nonfiction: Michelle Herman, Lee Martin, Elissa Washuta

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12–16
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Athens, OH
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Mark Halliday, Bianca Lynne Spriggs
    Fiction: Patrick O’Keeffe
    Nonfiction: Eric LeMay

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 3
    Deadline: 1/15/21
  • Athens, OH
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Mark Halliday, Bianca Lynne Spriggs
    Fiction: Patrick O’Keeffe
    Nonfiction: Eric LeMay

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 3-4
    Deadline: 1/15/21
  • Oklahoma City, OK
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Timothy Bradford, Todd Fuller, Jeanetta Calhoun Mish
    Fiction: Allison Amend, Lou Berney, Rob Roensch
    Nonfiction: Kerry Cohen, Liz Blood

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low, Online
    Incoming Class Size: 6-8 per semester
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Stillwater, OK
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Janine Joseph, Lisa Lewis
    Fiction: Dinah Cox, Nahal Suzanne Jamir, Aimee Parkison
    Nonfiction: Sarah Beth Childers

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 1/5/21
  • Stillwater, OK
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Janine Joseph, Lisa Lewis
    Fiction: Dinah Cox, Nahal Suzanne Jamir, Aimee Parkison
    Nonfiction: Sarah Beth Childers

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 1/5/21
  • Norfolk, VA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Luisa A. Igloria, Benjamin Naka-Hasebe Kingsley
    Fiction: John McManus, Sheri Reynolds, Kent Wascom
    Nonfiction: Michael Pearson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 3/1/21
  • Corvallis, OR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: David Biespiel, Karen Holmberg, Jennifer Richter
    Fiction: Nick Dybek, Susan Jackson Rodgers, Marjorie Sandor, Keith Scribner
    Nonfiction: Elena Passarello, Justin St. Germain

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-14
    Deadline: 12/28/20
  • Bend, OR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Ru Freeman and Raquel Gutiérrez
    Fiction: Beth Alvarado, Christopher Boucher, Ru Freeman, T. Geronimo Johnson
    Nonfiction: Beth Alvarado, Christopher Boucher, Ru Freeman

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: Varies - Maximum program enrollment: 27 students
    Deadline: 12/1/20
  • Los Angeles, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Guy Bennett, Peter Gadol, Rachel Harper, Jen Hofer, Marisa Matarazzo

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Tacoma, WA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Rick Barot, David Biespiel, Kevin Clark, Geffrey Davis, Oliver de la Paz, Jennifer Foerster, Greg Glazner, Jenny Johnson, Peggy Shumaker

    Fiction: Suzanne Berne, Kent Meyers, Scott Nadelson, Marjorie Sandor, Renee Simms, Jason Skipper

    Nonfiction: Barrie Jean Borich, Wendy Call, Rebecca McClanahan, Brenda Miller, Marie Mutsuki Mockett, Sejal Shah, Justin St. Germain

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 15-20
    Deadline: 11/30/20
  • Forest Grove, OR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Ellen Bass, Marvin Bell, Eduardo C. Corral, Kwame Dawes, Dorianne Laux, Shara McCallum, Joseph Millar, Mahtem Shiferraw

    Fiction: Chris Abani, Claire Davis, Jack Driscoll, Pete Fromm, Frank Gaspar, Molly Gloss, Cate Kennedy, Valerie Laken, Mary Helen Stefaniak, Willy Vlautin, Kellie Wells

    Nonfiction: Sanjiv Bhattacharya, Judy Blunt, Claire Dederer, Debra Gwartney, Mike Magnuson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 20-25 per semester
    Deadline: 9/1/20
  • Portland, OR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: John Beer, Michele Glazer
    Fiction: Janice Lee, Gabriel Urza, Leni Zumas
    Nonfiction: Paul Collins

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 16
    Deadline: 1/15/21
  • Brooklyn, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Youmna Chlala, Laura Elrick, James Hannaham, Christian Hawkey, Samantha Hunt, Rachel Levitsky, Mendi Lewis Obadike, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

    Writing Department Chair: Beth Loffreda

    Genre: Not Genre-Specific
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 1/5/21
  • West Lafayette, IN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Kaveh Akbar, Don Platt
    Fiction: Brian Leung, Terese Mailhot, Sharon Solwitz

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8
    Deadline: 12/31/20
  • Flushing, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Nicole Cooley, Kimiko Hahn, Roger Sedarat

    Fiction: Maaza Mengiste, John Weir

    Nonfiction: Briallen Hopper, Jason Tougaw
    Translation: Ammiel Alcalay, Roger Sedarat
    Graphic Nonfiction/Comix: Josh Neufeld (Visiting)

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Translation
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 2/15/21
  • Charlotte, NC
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Faculty for the U.S. track of the program:

    Poetry: Cathy Smith Bowers, Morri Creech, Bob Hicok, Marcus Jackson, Nick Lantz, Ada Limón, Rebecca Lindenberg, James McKean, Jon Pineda, Robert Polito, Claudia Rankine, and Kathryn Rhett
    Fiction: Pinckney Benedict, Ann Cummins, Jonathan Dee, Elizabeth Evans, Elizabeth Gaffney, Myla Goldberg, Zachary Lazar, Fred Leebron, Naeem Murr, Jenny Offill, David Payne, Susan Perabo, Patricia Powell, Steven Rinehart, Elissa Schappell, Dana Spiotta, and Ashley Warlick
    Nonfiction: Krisitin Dombek, Emily Fox Gordon, Natalie Kusz, Suzannah Lessard, Jim McKean, Jon Pineda, and Kathryn Rhett
    Writing for Stage and Screen: Hal Ackerman, Khris Baxter, Peter Behrens, Trish Harnetiaux, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Winter Miller, Brighde Mullins, and Daniel Pinchbeck

    Faculty for the Latin American track of the program:

    Poetry: Ada Limón and Orlando Menes
    Fiction: Carolina De Robertis, Mary Gaitskill, Cristina Garcia, Francisco Goldman, Manuel Gonzalez, Fred Leebron, Chris Offutt, Nelly Rosario, Maxine Swann, and Héctor Tobar
    Nonfiction: Francisco Goldman, Chris Offutt, Maxine Swann, and Héctor Tobar
    Writing for Stage and Screen: Chris Offutt
    Young Adult: Cristina Garcia

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 15 per cohort each semester
    Deadline: 11/1/20
  • Lynchburg, VA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Kaveh Akbar, Rigoberto González, Ilya Kaminsky, Paige Lewis, Layli Long Soldier, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Erika L. Sánchez, Phillip B. Williams 
    Fiction: Rigoberto González, Mira Jacob, Aviya Kushner, Erika L. Sánchez
    Nonfiction: Rigoberto González, Mira Jacob, Aviya Kushner, Anjali Sachdeva, Erika L. Sánchez

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: up to 15
    Deadline: 9/1/20
  • Denver, CO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Eric Baus, Carolina Ebeid, Adrianne Kalfopoulou, Khadijah Queen, Andrea Rexilius
    Fiction: Mario Acevedo, Steven Dunn, Kathy Fish, David Hicks, Traci L. Jones, Lori Ostlund, Jenny Shank, Denise Vega
    Creative Nonfiction: Kristen Iversen, TaraShea Nesbit, Helen Thorpe, Kathryn Winograd

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 10 per cohort
    Deadline: 10/15/20

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