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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.

  • 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
  • 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:

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

    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: Kristine Maria Darling, Sara Nicholson
    Fiction: Lisa Borders, Diane Payne, Diana Spelcher, Mark Spencer
    Nonfiction: Suzanne Cope, Josh MacIver-Anderson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Online
    Incoming Class Size: 7
    Deadline: 11/1/19
  • 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
  • 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

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