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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.

  • Flushing, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Nicole Cooley, Kimiko Hahn, Roger Sedarat

    Fiction: Maaza Mengiste, John Weir

    Nonfiction: Kristin Dombek (visiting)

    Translation: Ammiel Alcalay, Roger Sedarat
    Playwriting: Ira Hauptman

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 3/1/20
  • 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: 10/1/19
  • 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, Wayétu Moore, Erika L. Sánchez
    Nonfiction: Rigoberto González, Mira Jacob, Aviya Kushner, Wayétu Moore, Anjali Sachdeva, Erika L. Sánchez

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: up to 15
    Deadline: 9/1/19
  • Denver, CO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Eric Baus, Adrianne Kalopoulou, Khadijah Queen, Andrea Rexilius
    Fiction: Mario Acevedo, Steve Dunn, Kathy Fish, Traci L. Jones, Allen Learst, Daniel José Older, Lori Ostlund, Jenny Shank, Christine Sneed
    Creative Nonfiction: Kristen Iversen, TaraShea Nesbit, Sophfronia Scott, Helen Thorpe, Kathryn Winograd

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 10 per cohort
    Deadline: 10/15/19
  • Waleska, GA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Donna Coffey Little, Laura Newbern, William Walsh, Will Wright
    Fiction: Ray Atkins, Anne Corbitt, Soniah Kamal, Gray Stewart, John Williams
    Nonfiction: Anjali Enjeti, Karen Salyer McElmurray
    Scriptwriting/Playwriting: Michael Lucker, Scott Wilkerson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 15
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Chicago, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Fiction: Kyle Beachy, Christian TeBordo
    Nonfiction: Regina Buccola

    Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8–12
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Bryn Mawr, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Courtney Bambrick, Grant Clauser, Christine Salvatore
    Fiction: Erin Kelly, Carla (C.J.) Spataro, Tawni Waters
    Nonfiction: Kristina Moriconi
    Dramatic Writing: Roman Colombo, Amy Punt

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Camden, NJ
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Gregory Pardlo, Patrick Rosal
    Fiction & Nonfiction: Lauren Grodstein, Paul Lisicky, Lisa Zeidner

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10–12
    Deadline: 1/17/20
  • Newark, NJ
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Rigoberto González, Rachel Hadas, Cathy Park Hong, Brenda Shaughnessy
    Fiction: Alice Elliott Dark, John Keene, Akhil Sharma
    Nonfiction: James Goodman, Salamishah Tillet

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 16
    Deadline: 12/15/19
  • Moraga, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Brenda Hillman, Matthew Zapruder
    Fiction: Lysley Tenorio
    Nonfiction: Marilyn Abildskov

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 25
    Deadline: 12/10/19
  • Huntsville, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Nick Lantz
    Fiction: Scott Kaukonen, Katie Jean Shinkle
    Nonfiction: Scott Kaukonen, Katie Jean Shinkle​

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5–6
    Deadline: 10/15/19
  • San Diego, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sandra Alcosser, Blas Falconer, Ilya Kaminsky
    Fiction: Katie Farris, Harold Jaffe, Stephen-Paul Martin

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20
    Deadline: 2/1/20
  • San Francisco, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Maxine Chernoff, Paul Hoover, Andrew Joron
    Fiction: Michelle Carter, Nona Caspers, May-lee Chai, Maxine Chernoff, Carolina De Robertis, Andrew Joron, Michael David Lukas, Chanan Tigay
    Translation: Maxine Chernoff, Carolina De Robertis, Paul Hoover, Andrew Joron
    Playwriting: Michelle Carter, Roy Conboy

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20
    Deadline: 2/1/20
  • San Francisco, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Maxine Chernoff, Paul Hoover, Andrew Joron
    Fiction: Michelle Carter, Nona Caspers, May-lee Chai, Maxine Chernoff, Carolina De Robertis, Andrew Joron, Michael David Lukas, Chanan Tigay
    Creative Nonfiction: Chanan Tigay
    Literary Translation: Maxine Chernoff, Carolina De Robertis, Paul Hoover, Andrew Joron
    Playwriting: Michelle Carter

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 30
    Deadline: 2/1/20
  • San Jose, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Samuel Maio, Alan Soldofsky
    Fiction: Selena Anderson, Keenen Norris, Nick Taylor
    Nonfiction: Cathleen Miller
    Playwriting/Screenwriting: Scott Sublett

    Recent Lurie Distinguished Authors-in-Residence include Cristina Garcia, Vendela Vida, Andrew Sean Greer, and Don George.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 2/1/20
  • Bronxville, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Tina Chang, Suzanne Gardinier, Matthea Harvey, Marie Howe, Jeffrey McDaniel, Dennis Nurkse, Gregory Pardlo, Martha Rhodes, R. A. Villanueva, Afaa Michael Weaver
    Fiction: Carolyn Ferrell, Garth Risk Hallberg, David Hollander, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Victoria Redel, Nelly Reifler, David Ryan, Joan Silber
    Nonfiction: Jo Ann Beard, Vinson Cunningham, Sarah Gerard, Suzanne Hoover, T Kira Madden, Stephen O’Connor, Domenica Ruta, Vijay Seshadri, Jacob Slichter, Cliff Thompson, Alice Truax, Kate Zambreno

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 30–40
    Deadline: 12/15/19
  • Savannah, GA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Atlanta: Christopher Bundy, Catherine Ramsdell, Darby Sanders, Linda Sherbert, Carlie Sorosiak
    Savannah: Andrea Goto, Vanessa Garcia, Lee Griffith, James Lough, Chris Millis, Jonathan Rabb

    Genre: Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full, Online
    Incoming Class Size: Atlanta: 20; Savannah: 20; Online: 20
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Chicago, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Ruth Margraff, James McManus
    Fiction: Jesse Ball, Janet Desaulniers, Sara Levine, James McManus, Beth Nugent
    Nonfiction: Sara Levine, James McManus
    Cross-Genre: Sally Alatalo, Mark Booth, Janet Desaulniers, Ruth Margraff, Beth Nugent

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20-25
    Deadline: 1/10/20
  • New York, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Debra Bricker Balken, Emmanuel Iduma, Dejan Lukic, Nancy Princenthal, Charles Stein, David Levi Strauss, Lynne Tillman, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

    Genre: Not Genre-Specific
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 2/1/20
  • Seattle, WA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Robert Cording, Jeanne Murray Walker
    Fiction: Robert Clark, Chigozie Obioma
    Nonfiction: Susanne Antonetta, Lauren F. Winner

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 9-12 per residency
    Deadline: 11/1/19
  • Greensburg, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Michael Arnzen, Lee McClain, Nicole Peeler, Albert Wendland

    Genre: Fiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 30-50 per year
    Deadline: 10/5/19
  • Sewanee, TN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Nickole Brown, Tiana Clark, Charles Martin
    Fiction: Chris Bachelder, Lee Conell, Michael Griffith, Adrianne Harun, Jamie Quatro
    Nonfiction: Kelly Grey Carlisle, Neil Shea, Meera Subramanian, John Jeremiah Sullivan
    Playwriting and Screenwriting: Arlene Hutton, Cheri Magid, Elyzabeth Wilder

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Other
    Incoming Class Size: 18
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Incline Village, NV
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Carolyn Forché, Nathalie Handal, Lee Herrick, Laura McCullough, John Murillo, Gailmarie Pahmeier, June Saraceno, Patricia Smith, Brian Turner, Laura Wetherington
    Fiction: Natalie Baszile, Alan Heathcock, Tim Hernandez, Patrick Hicks, Rebecca Makkai, Joanne Meschery, Peter Mountford, Sunil Yapa
    Nonfiction: Gayle Brandeis, Benjamin Busch, Steven Church, Kelle Groom, Lacy M. Johnson, Suzanne Roberts, Kristal Sital, Brian Turner, Arianne Zwartjes

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 15 per residency
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • New Haven, CT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jeff Mock, Vivian Shipley
    Fiction: Rachel Furey, Tim Parrish
    Creative Nonfiction: Rachel Furey, Tim Parrish

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 3/1/20
  • Carbondale, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Judy Jordan, Allison Joseph
    Fiction: Pinckney Benedict, Rebekah Frumkin

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8-10
    Deadline: 2/1/20

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