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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.

  • Denver, CO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Carolina Ebeid, Khadijah Queen, Suzi Q. Smith
    Fiction: Mario Acevedo, Steven Dunn, Traci L. Jones, Lori Ostlund, Denise Vega, Rachel Weaver, Erika T. Wurth
    Creative Nonfiction: Kristen Iversen, TaraShea Nesbit, Jenny Shank, Addie Tsai, David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Kathryn Winograd

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 10 per cohort
    Deadline: 10/15/21
  • 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
    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: Kyle Beachy, 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, Randall Brown, Jennifer Fenn
    Nonfiction: Berry Grass
    Dramatic Writing: Roman Colombo

    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: 1/17/21
  • Newark, NJ
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Rigoberto González, Rachel Hadas, Cathy Park Hong, Brenda Shaughnessy
    Fiction: Alice Elliott Dark, John Keene, Akil Kumarasamy, Naomi Jackson
    Nonfiction: James Goodman, Salamishah Tillet

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 14
    Deadline: 12/15/21
  • Moraga, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Visiting writers rotate every semester. 

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 22
    Deadline: 12/10/21
  • Huntsville, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Ginger Ko, 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: 10/15/21
  • San Diego, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sandra Alcosser, Blas Falconer

    Fiction: Matt de la Peña, Harold Jaffe, Stephen-Paul Martin, April Wilder

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20
    Deadline: 2/1/22
  • San Francisco, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 15
    Deadline: 2/1/22
  • San Francisco, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Maxine Chernoff, Tonya Foster, Paul Hoover, Andrew Joron
    Fiction: Michelle Carter, Nona Caspers, Joseph Cassara, May-lee Chai, Maxine Chernoff, Carolina De Robertis, Tonya Foster, Andrew Joron, Michael David Lukas, Chanan Tigay
    Creative Nonfiction: Chanan Tigay, Joseph Cassara, May-lee Chai, 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: 35
    Deadline: 5/1/22
  • San Jose, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: J. Michael Martinez, Alan Soldofsky
    Fiction: Selena Anderson, Keenen Norris, Nick Taylor
    Nonfiction: Thomas Moriarty, Keenan Norris
    Playwriting/Screenwriting: Matthew Spangler

    Recent Lurie Distinguished Authors-in-Residence include Cristina Garcia, Vendela Vida, Andrew Sean Greer,  Don George, ZZ Packer, and Faith Adiele. In 2022: Esmé Weijun Wang

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 14
    Deadline: 2/1/22
  • Bronxville, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jay Deshpande, Anaïs Duplan, Suzanne Gardinier, Matthea Harvey, Marie Howe, Jeffrey McDaniel, Dennis Nurkse, R. A. Villanueva, Afaa Michael Weaver
.

    Fiction: Carolyn Ferrell, Myla Goldberg, Garth Risk Hallberg, David Hollander, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, K. Lorrel Manning, Julia Phillips, Victoria Redel, Nelly Reifler, David Ryan
.

    Nonfiction: Jo Ann Beard, Heather Harpham, Vijay Seshadri, Jacob Slichter, Cliff Thompson, Kate Zambreno.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 30–40
    Deadline: 1/10/22
  • Atlanta, GA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Atlanta: Christopher Bundy, Paige Gray, Catherine Ramsdell, Darby Sanders, Carlie Sorosiak
    Savannah: Andrea Goto, Lee Griffith, James Lough, Chris Millis, Jonathan Rabb

    Genre: Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    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: 1/10/22
  • Seattle, WA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Mischa Willet, Jennifer Maier
    Fiction: Robert Clark, Gina Ochsner
    Nonfiction: Susanne Antonetta, Lauren F. Winner
    Young Adult Fiction: Bryan Bliss, Sara Zarr

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 9-12 per residency
    Deadline: 11/1/21
  • Greensburg, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Michael Arnzen, Lee McClain, Nicole Peeler, Albert Wendland

    Genre: Fiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 10-20 per residency
    Deadline: 3/22/21
  • Sewanee, TN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Nickole Brown, Tiana Clark, Charles Martin
    Fiction: Chris Bachelder, Ryan Chapman, Lee Conell, Michael Griffith, Adrianne Harun, Jamie Quatro
    Nonfiction: Kelly Grey Carlisle, Jessica Goudeau, Neil Shea, Meera Subramanian, John Jeremiah Sullivan

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Other
    Incoming Class Size: 12-24
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Incline Village, NV
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 14
    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: 3/1/22
  • Carbondale, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Judy Jordan, Allison Joseph
    Fiction: Pinckney Benedict, R.A. Frumkin

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8-10
    Deadline: 2/1/22
  • Manchester, NH
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Heather Demetrios, Kirsten I.K. Flournoy, Lauren A. Forry, Gabino Iglesias, J. Lloyd Morgan, Mary SanGiovanni

    For full list of faculty, please see the program’s website.

    Genre: Fiction
    Residency: Online
    Incoming Class Size: 40 per average cohort (12 students per course)
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Louisville, KY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry:  Debra Kang Dean, Kathleen Driskell, Lynnell Edwards, Erin Keane, Douglas Manuel, Greg Pape, Maggie Smith, Jeanie Thompson, Keith S. Wilson

    Fiction: Julie Brickman, K. L. Cook, Kirby Gann, Rachel M. Harper, Roy Hoffman, Silas House, Fenton Johnson, Robin Lippincott, Nancy McCabe, Eleanor Morse, Elaine Neil Orr, John Pipkin, Neela Vaswani

    Nonfiction: Dianne Aprile, Roy Hoffman, Jason Kyle Howard, Fenton Johnson, Robin Lippincott, Nancy McCabe, Elaine Neil Orr, Neela Vaswani, Rebecca Walker

    Writing for Children & Young Adults: Beth Bauman, Lamar Giles, Leah Henderson, Lesléa Newman

    Screenwriting: Larry Brenner, Helena Kriel, Bruce Marshall Romans, Sam Zalutsky

    Playwriting: Gabriel Jason Dean, Kira Obolensky, Charlie Schulman

    Translation: Jeremy Paden

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 10-20 per residency
    Deadline: 8/1/21
  • Brooklyn, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Felice Belle, Mahogany Browne, Annie Finch
    Fiction: Jamel Brinkley, Theo Gangi, Marlon James, Lincoln Michel, Jason Starr
    Play/Screenwriting: Ben Snyder

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 8 each year
    Deadline: 10/1/21
  • New Smyrna Beach, FL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Cyriaco Lopes, Urayoán Noel, Jena Osman, Terri Witek
    Prose: Jennine Capó Crucet, Teresa Carmody, Sarah Gerard, Veronica Gonzalez-Peña, Stephanie Sauer

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 14
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions

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