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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.

  • Irvine, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Amy Gerstler, Michael Ryan
    Fiction: Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Michelle Latiolais

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 12/13/19
  • Riverside, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Allison Hedge Coke, Katie Ford, Allison Benis White
    Fiction: Charmaine Craig, Josh Emmons, Steve Erickson, Alex Espinoza, Nalo Hopkinson, Michael Jayme, John Jennings, Laila Lalami, Goldberry Long, Jane Smiley, Susan Straight, Andrew Winer
    Nonfiction: Reza Aslan, Emily Rapp Black, Tom Lutz
    Playwriting/Screenwriting: Erith Jaffe-Berg, Charles Evered, Rickerby Hinds, Stu Krieger, Robin Russin

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 18
    Deadline: 1/5/20
  • Palm Desert, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jill Alexander Essbaum, Anthony McCann
    Fiction: Elizabeth Crane, Gina Frangello, Tod Goldberg, Stephen Graham Jones, Mary Otis, Rob Roberge, Mark Haskell Smith, Mary Yukari Waters
    Nonfiction: Emily Rapp, Deanne Stillman, David L. Ulin
    Screenwriting: Joshua Malkin, William Rabkin, John Schimmel
    Playwriting: Mickey Birnbaum 

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 35 per year
    Deadline: 2/1/20
  • La Jolla, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Kazim Ali, Ben Doller, Camille Forbes, Lily Hoang, Brandon Som, Anna Joy Springer

    Genre: Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 4-8
    Deadline: 12/11/19
  • Conway, AR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sandy Longhorn, Mark Spitzer
    Fiction: M. Shelly Conner, Mark Spitzer, John Vanderslice
    Nonfiction: Jennie Case, Mark Spitzer, Stephanie Vanderslice

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5-8
    Deadline: 2/1/20
  • Orlando, FL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Rochelle Hurt, Obi Nwakanma, Terry Ann Thaxton
    Fiction: Micah Dean Hicks, Chrissy Kolaya, Brenda Peynado, David James Poissant, Darlin' Neal, Jacob Wolff
    Nonfiction: Jocelyn Bartkevicius, Lisa Roney, Laurie Rachkus Uttich

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12-14
    Deadline: 1/1/20
  • Edmond, OK
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Matt Hollrah, Iliana Rocha
    Fiction: Constance Squires
    Screenwriting: Jesse Williams, Jr.

    Carolyn M. Dunn is the Artist-in-Residence.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-15
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Cincinnati, OH
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: John Drury, Rebecca Lindenberg
    Fiction: Chris Bachelder, Michael Griffith, Leah Stewart
    Nonfiction: Kristen Iversen

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 2-3
    Deadline: 1/16/20
  • Cincinnati, OH
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: John Drury, Rebecca Lindenberg
    Fiction: Chris Bachelder, Michael Griffith, Leah Stewart
    Nonfiction: Kristen Iversen

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 7-9
    Deadline: 1/16/20
  • Boulder, CO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Julie Carr, Noah Eli Gordon, Ruth Ellen Kocher, Khadijah Queen
    Fiction: Jeffrey DeShell, Marcia Douglas, Stephen Graham Jones, Elisabeth Sheffield

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6-10
    Deadline: 12/15/19
  • Norwich, England
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Tiffany Atkinson, Denise Riley, Sophie Robinson

    Fiction: Trezza Azzopardi, Amit Chaudhuri, Andrew Cowan, Giles Foden, Philip Langeskov, Jean McNeil, Henry Sutton, Naomi Wood

    Nonfiction: Vesna Goldsworthy, Kathryn Hughes, Rebecca Scott, Helen Smith, Ian Thomson

    Scriptwriting: Ben Musgrave, Molly Naylor, Steve Waters, Timberlake Wertenbaker

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 42
    Deadline: 5/1/20
  • Gainesville, FL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Michael Hofmann, William Logan, Ange Mlinko
    Fiction: Uwem Akpan, Camille Bordas, Jill Ciment, David Leavitt

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 1/15/20
  • Toronto, Canada
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Dionne Brand
    Fiction: Catherine Bush
    Drama: Judith Thompson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12-13
    Deadline: 12/9/19
  • Houston, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Nick Flynn, francine j. harris, Kevin Prufer, Martha Serpas, Roberto Tejada
    Fiction: Robert Boswell, Audrey Colombe, Chitra Divakaruni, Antonya Nelson, Alexander Parsons, Peter Turchi
    Nonfiction: Nick Flynn, Peter Turchi

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6-8
    Deadline: 1/2/20
  • Houston, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Nick Flynn, francine j. harris, Kevin Prufer, Martha Serpas, Roberto Tejada
    Fiction: Robert Boswell, Audrey Colombe, Chitra Divakaruni, Antonya Nelson, Alexander Parsons, Peter Turchi
    Nonfiction: Nick Flynn, Peter Turchi

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6-8
    Deadline: 1/2/20
  • Moscow, ID
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Brian Blanchfield, Michael McGriff, Alexandra Teague
    Fiction: Kim Barnes, Daniel Orozco
    Nonfiction: Kim Barnes, Brian Blanchfield, Scott Slovic

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 9
    Deadline: 1/15/20
  • Urbana, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Janice Harrington, Michael Madonick, Corey Van Landingham
    Fiction: Amy Hassinger, Ted Sanders, Alex Shakar, David Wright

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6
    Deadline: 12/1/19
  • Chicago, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Daniel Borzutzky, Christina Pugh, Luis Urrea
    Fiction: Christopher Grimes, Cris Mazza, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Luis Urrea
    Nonfiction: Mary Anne Mohanraj, Luis Urrea

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

    Poetry: Daniel Borzutzky, Christina Pugh, Luis Urrea
    Fiction: Christopher Grimes, Cris Mazza, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Luis Urrea
    Nonfiction: Mary Anne Mohanraj, Luis Urrea

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6-10
    Deadline: 12/15/19
  • Iowa City, IA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Nonfiction: John D’Agata, Kerry Howley, Jeff Porter, Bonnie Sunstein, Inara Verzemnieks

    Genre: Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-12
    Deadline: 12/16/19
  • Iowa City, IA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: James Galvin, Mark Levine, Elizabeth Willis
    Fiction: Ethan Canin, Lan Samantha Chang, Charles D’Ambrosio, Margot Livesey, Ayana Mathis

    The 2019–2020 visiting faculty include poets Cody-Rose Clevidence, Tracie Morris, M. NourbeSe Philip, and Emily Wilson, and fiction writers Alexia Arthurs, Kevin Brockmeier, Abby Geni, and Garth Greenwell.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 50
    Deadline: 12/15/19
  • Lawrence, KS
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Joe Harrington, Megan Kaminski
    Fiction: Kij Johnson, Laura Moriarty
    Playwriting: Darren Canady

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 4-9
    Deadline: 12/31/19
  • Lawrence, KS
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Joseph Harrington, Megan Kaminski
    Fiction: Kij Johnson, Laura Moriarty
    Playwriting: Darren Canady

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 2-8
    Deadline: 12/31/19
  • Lexington, KY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: DaMaris Hill, Julia Johnson, Frank X Walker
    Fiction: Andrew Ewell, Andrew Milward, Gurney Norman, Hannah Pittard, Crystal Wilkinson
    Nonfiction: Janet Eldred, Erik Reece

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 2/1/20
  • College Park, MD
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Elizabeth Arnold, Michael Collier, Joshua Weiner
    Fiction: Maud Casey, Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes, Emily Mitchell, Howard Norman

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8
    Deadline: 1/3/20

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