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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.

  • Edwardsville, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Tiana Clark, Joshua Kryah
    Fiction: Geoff Schmidt, Valerie Vogrin

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5-10
    Deadline: 2/1/20
  • Manchester, NH
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Derrick Craigie, Joan F. Smith
     

    Genre: Fiction
    Residency: Online
    Incoming Class Size: 50 per cohort (12 students per course)
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Louisville, KY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry:  Debra Kang Dean, Kathleen Driskell, Lynell Edwards, Erin Keane, Douglas Manuel, Greg Pape, Kiki Petrosino, Jeanie Thompson, Keith S. Wilson

    Fiction: Julie Brickman, K. L. Cook, Leslie Daniels, Pete Duval, Kirby Gann, Rachel M. Harper, Roy Hoffman, Silas House, Fenton Johnson, Robin Lippincott, Jody Lisberger, 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: Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Beth Bauman, Lamar Giles, Edith M. Hemingway, Leah Henderson, Lesléa Newman

    Screenwriting: Larry Brenner, Helena Kriel, Sam Zalutsky

    Playwriting: Gabriel Jason Dean, Kira Obolensky, Eric Schmiedl, Charlie Schulman

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 15-20 per residency
    Deadline: 8/1/19
  • Brooklyn, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Mahogany Browne and Felice Belle
    Fiction: Marlon James, Jamel Brinkley and Lincoln Michel
    Play/Screenwriting: Kathryn Grant and Ben Snyder

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 8 each year
    Deadline: 10/1/19
  • DeLand, FL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Cyriaco Lopes, Urayoán Noel, Jena Osman, Terri Witek, and Ronaldo Wilson
    Prose: Teresa Carmody, Patty Yumi Cottrell, Sarah Gerard, and Veronica Gonzalez-Peña

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 20 each year
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Portland, ME
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Tara Betts, Ted Deppe, Martín Espada, Amanda Johnston, Katherine Larson, Debra Marquart, Cate Marvin, Lauren Marie Schmidt, Diane Seuss

    Fiction: Rick Bass, Breena Clarke, Ron Currie, Jr. David Anthony Durham, John Florio, Aaron Hamburger, Elizabeth Hand, Cara Hoffman, Elizabeth Searle, Suzanne Strempek Shea, Justin Tussing, JJ Amaworo Wilson

    Genre Fiction: Tobias Bucknell, Tom Coash, David Anthony Durham, Theodora Goss, Elizabeth Hand, Nancy Holder, James Patrick Kelly, Robert Levy, Robert V.S. Redick, Elizabeth Searle

    Creative Nonfiction: Faith Adiele, Rick Bass, Susan Conley, T. Fleischmann, John Florio, Aaron Hamburger, Richard Hoffman, Katherine Larson, Debra Marquart, Suzanne Strempek Shea

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 18 per residency
    Deadline: 9/1/19
  • Southampton and New York, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Star Black, Billy Collins, Cornelius Eady, Julie Sheehan
    Fiction: Melissa Bank, Paul Harding, Ursula Hegi, Amy Hempel, Kaylie Jones, Matthew Klam, Dan Menaker, Susan Scarf Merrell, Susan Minot, Robert Reeves, Frederic Tuten, Emma Walton Hamilton, Meg Wolitzer
    Nonfiction: Neal Gabler, Patricia Marx, Roger Rosenblatt, Lou Ann Walker

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 15-25
    Deadline: 1/1/20
  • Syracuse, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Brooks Haxton, Mary Karr, Christopher Kennedy, Bruce Smith
    Fiction: Jonathan Dee, Arthur Flowers, George Saunders, Dana Spiotta

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 12/15/19
  • Philadelphia, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jena Osman, Brian Teare
    Fiction: Don Lee, Liz Moore, Alan Singer

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 12/15/19
  • San Marcos, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Cyrus Cassells, Roger Jones, Naomi Shihab Nye, Cecily Parks, Kathleen Peirce, Steve Wilson
    Fiction: Doug Dorst, Jennifer duBois, Tom Grimes, Debra Monroe, Tim O’Brien

    The 2017–2020 visiting fiction faculty is Karen Russell.

    The Poet-in-Residence for Spring 2020 is Victoria Chang. 

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20
    Deadline: 1/15/20
  • New York, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Mark Bibbins, Elaine Equi, Hettie Jones, Robert Polito, Camille Rankine, Laurie Sheck
    Fiction: Ann-Marie Hood, Shelley Jackson, Mira Jacob, Luis Jaramillo, Alexandra Kleeman, James Lasdun, Patrick McGrath, Sigrid Nunez, Dale Peck, John Reed, Helen Schulman, Darcey Steinke, Stephen Wright
    Nonfiction: Susan Cheever, John Freeman, Zia Jaffrey, Suzannah Lessard-Soeiro, Honor Moore, Benjamin Taylor, Brenda Wineapple
    Writing for Children and Young Adults: Coe Booth, Andrew Eliopulos, David Levithan, Caron Levis, Andrea Pinkney, Tor Seidler, Sarah Weeks

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 95
    Deadline: 1/15/20
  • Brooklyn, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Grace Bonner, Randall Horton
    Prose: David Gates, Lee Clay Johnson, Steven Hobbs
    Playwriting: Leah Nanako Winkler

    Past thesis advisors: Paul LaFarge, Lee Clay Johnson, Nathan McClain, Randall Horton, Safiya Sinclair, Joel Whitney, Leah Nanako Winkler

    Master Lecturers: Amy Hempel, Major Jackson, Mary Gaitskill, Nathan McClain, Francine Prose, Ocean Vuong

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 3/1/20
  • Albany, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Michael Leong
    Fiction: Aashish Kaul, Edward Schwarzschild, Lynne Tillman

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-20
    Deadline: 11/1/19
  • Albany, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Michael Leong
    Fiction: Aashish Kaul, Edward Schwarzschild, Lynne Tillman

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6-8
    Deadline: 1/15/20
  • Buffalo, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Judith Goldman, Myung Mi Kim, Steve McCaffery
    Fiction: Dimitri Anastasopoulos, Christina Milletti

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Tuscaloosa, AL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Robin Behn, Joel Brouwer, John Estes, Heidi Lynn Staples
    Fiction: Michael Martone, Wendy Rawlings, Kellie Wells
    Nonfiction: Hali Felt, Michael Martone, Wendy Rawlings

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 16-20
    Deadline: 12/1/19
  • Anchorage, AK
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Erin Hollowell, Ishmael Angaluuk Hope, Susanna Mishler
    Fiction: Ed Allen, Rich Chiappone, Daryl Farmer, Valerie Miner
    Nonfiction: Jan DeBlieu, Nancy Lord, Sherry Simpson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 10-15
    Deadline: 1/15/20
  • Fairbanks, AK
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sara Johnson
    Fiction: Gerri Brightwell, Joseph Holt
    Nonfiction: Daryl Farmer
    Dramatic Writing: Leonard Kamerling

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5-8
    Deadline: 1/15/20
  • Tucson, AZ
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Susan Briante, Bojan Louis, Farid Matuk
    Fiction: Kate Bernheimer, Manuel Muñoz, Aurelie Sheehan, Johanna Skibsrud
    Nonfiction: Christopher Cokinos, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Fenton Johnson, Ander Monson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 12/15/19
  • Fayetteville, AR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Geoffrey Brock, Geffrey Davis, Davis McCombs
    Fiction: Bryan Hurt, Toni Jensen, Padma Viswanathan
    Translation: Geoffrey Brock, John DuVal

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 11
    Deadline: 1/13/20
  • Monticello, AR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sarah Bloom, Jessica K. Hylton
    Fiction: Kelsey Englert, Mark Spencer
    Nonfiction: Amy Knox Brown, Sheyenne Heller

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Online
    Incoming Class Size: 7
    Deadline: 12/1/19
  • Baltimore, MD
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Steven Leyva
    Fiction: Betsy Boyd, Jane Delury
    Nonfiction: Marion Winik, D. Watkins

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 25
    Deadline: 2/15/20
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Keith Maillard, Sheryda Warrener, Ian Williams

    Fiction: Nancy Lee, Annabel Lyon, Keith Maillard, Maureen Medved, Alix Ohlin, Emily Pohl-Weary, Linda Svendsen, Timothy Taylor, John Vigna
    
Nonfiction: Kevin Chong, Timothy Taylor
    Writing for Children/YA: Alison Acheson
    Screenwriting: Sharon McGowan
    Playwriting: Bryan Wade
    
Indigenous Writing: Billy-Ray Belcourt
    Graphic Novel: Sarah Leavitt
    
Lyric & Libretto: Tariq Hussain

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 18–20
    Deadline: 1/10/20
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Susan Musgrave, Ian Williams
    Fiction: Nancy Lee, Annabel Lyon, Maureen Medved, Alix Ohlin, Linda Svendsen, Timothy Taylor
    Children/YA: Emily Pohl-Weary, Maggie De Vries
    Nonfiction: Kevin Chong
    Graphic Novel: Sarah Leavitt
    Screenwriting: Sara Graefe

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Online
    Incoming Class Size: 25
    Deadline: 1/10/20
  • Davis, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Katie Peterson, Margaret Ronda, Joe Wenderoth
    Fiction: Lucy Corin, Pam Houston
    Nonfiction: Pam Houston
    Hybrid: Lucy Corin, Katie Peterson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-12
    Deadline: 1/5/20

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