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MFA Programs Database

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.

  • New York, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Catherine Barnett, Terrance Hayes, Edward Hirsch, Nick Laird, Deborah Landau, Sharon Olds, Claudia Rankine, Matthew Rohrer, Ocean Vuong

    Fiction: Nathan Englander, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Safran Foer, Katie Kitamura, Hari Kunzru, Joyce Carol Oates, Zadie Smith, Darin Strauss

    Creative Nonfiction: Hari Kunzru, Claudia Rankine, Darin Strauss

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 40-60
    Deadline: 12/18/21
  • New York, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Catherine Barnett, Ken Chen, Ishion Hutchinson, Nick Laird, Deborah Landau, Robin Coste Lewis, Meghan O’Rourke, Matthew Rohrer, Nicole Sealey

    Fiction: Nathan Englander, John Freeman, Katie Kitamura, Hari Kunzru, Leigh Newman, Zadie Smith, Darin Strauss

    Creative Nonfiction: Ken Chen, John Freeman, Hari Kunzru, Meghan O’Rourke, Darin Strauss

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 10-20
    Deadline: 9/1/21
  • Newport, RI
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Mary-Kim Arnold, Charles Coe, Edgar Kunz
    Fiction: Allen Kurzweil, Bill Roorbach, Danielle Trussoni, Tim Weed
    Nonfiction: Alden Jones, Bernadette Murphy
    Guest writers include: Andre Dubus III, Nick Flynn, Jane Hamilton, Emily Bernard, Paula McLain

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 15 each year
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • 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: 2/1/22
  • Akron, Cleveland, Kent, Youngstown, OH
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Mary Biddinger, Phil Brady, Caryl Pagel, Catherine Wing
    Fiction: Chris Barzak, Hilary Plum, Imad Rahman
    Nonfiction: David Giffels, Caryl Pagel, Hilary Plum
    Playwriting: Michael Geither

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20
    Deadline: 1/15/22
  • Flagstaff, AZ
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sherwin Bitsui, Nicole Walker
    Fiction: Chelsey Johnson, Lawrence Lenhart
    Nonfiction: KT Thompson, Nicole Walker, Lawrence Lenhart

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 16
    Deadline: 2/1/22
  • 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: 7
    Deadline: 2/1/22
  • 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: 12/6/21
  • 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
    Deadline: 2/1/22
  • 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: 2/1/22
  • Oklahoma City, OK
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    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, Aimee Parkison, Matthew Salesses
    Nonfiction: Sarah Beth Childers

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5
    Deadline: 1/5/22
  • Stillwater, OK
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Janine Joseph, Lisa Lewis
    Fiction: Dinah Cox, Aimee Parkison, Matthew Salesses
    Nonfiction: Sarah Beth Childers

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5
    Deadline: 1/5/22
  • Norfolk, VA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Molly McCully Brown, Luisa A. Igloria, Benjamin Naka-Hasebe Kingsley, John McManus, Sheri Reynolds, Kent Wascom

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 3/1/22
  • Corvallis, OR
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-14
    Deadline: 1/3/22
  • Bend, OR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Program Lead: Jennifer Reimer Recio, PhD
    Poetry: Ru Freeman, Raquel Gutiérrez
    Fiction: Beth Alvarado, Christopher Boucher, Ru Freeman, T. Geronimo Johnson
    Nonfiction: Beth Alvarado, Christopher Boucher, Ru Freeman, Ellen Waterston

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: Varies - Maximum program enrollment: 27 students
    Deadline: 3/1/21
  • Tacoma, WA
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Fiction: April Ayers Lawson, Suzanne Berne, Kent Meyers, Scott Nadelson, Sequoia Nagamatsu, Marjorie Sandor, Renee Simms, Jason Skipper

    Nonfiction: Barrie Jean Borich, Wendy Call, Rebecca McClanahan, Brenda Miller, 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, 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, Claire Dederer, Debra Gwartney, Mike Magnuson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 15-20 per semester
    Deadline: 9/1/21
  • 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, Rachel Levitsky, Anna Moschovakis, Mendi Lewis Obadike, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

    Writing Department Chair: Beth Loffreda

    Genre: Not Genre-Specific
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 1/5/22
  • 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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Translation
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 19
    Deadline: 2/15/22
  • Charlotte, NC
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Poetry: Cathy Smith Bowers, Morri Creech, Bob Hicok, Marcus Jackson, Ada Limón, Rebecca Lindenberg, James McKean, Jon Pineda, Robert Polito, and Claudia Rankine,
    Fiction: 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: Kristin Dombek, Emily Fox Gordon, Suzannah Lessard, Jim McKean, and Jon Pineda
    Writing for Stage and Screen: Hal Ackerman, Khris Baxter, Peter Behrens, Trish Harnetiaux, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, 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: 7/1/21
  • 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

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