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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.

  • Greensboro, NC
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Stuart Dischell, Ansel Elkins, Terry Kennedy
    Fiction: Jim Clark, Holly Jones, Craig Nova, Michael Parker

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 24
    Deadline: 1/1/17
  • Wilmington, NC
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Mark Cox, Malena Morling, Michael White
    Fiction: Wendy Brenner, Nina De Gramont, Clyde Edgerton, Rebecca Lee, Robert Anthony Siegel
    Nonfiction: May-lee Chai, Philip Furia, Philip Gerard, David Gessner
    Editing/Publishing: Anna Lena Phillips Bell, Emily Louise Smith, Beth Staples

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 63
    Deadline: 1/5/17
  • Denton, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Bruce Bond, Jehanne Dubrow, Corey Marks
    Fiction: Ian McGuire, Miroslav Penkov, Barbara Rodman, John Tait
    Nonfiction: Bonnie Friedman, Jill Talbot

    Genre: Not Genre-Specific, Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 45 (MA and PhD students combined)
    Deadline: 1/1/17
  • Denton, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Bruce Bond, Jehanne Dubrow, Corey Marks
    Fiction: Ian McGuire, Miroslav Penkov, Barbara Rodman, John Tait
    Nonfiction: Bonnie Friedman, Jill Talbot

    Genre: Not Genre-Specific, Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 45 (MA and PhD students combined)
    Deadline: 1/1/17
  • Notre Dame, IN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Johannes Göransson, Joyelle McSweeney, Orlando Menes
    Fiction: Valerie Sayers, Roy Scranton, Steve Tomasula, Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi
    Nonfiction: Roy Scranton

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 18
    Deadline: 1/2/17
  • Eugene, OR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Daniel Anderson, Geri Doran, Garrett Hongo
    Fiction: Jason Brown, Marjorie Celona

    The 2016–2017 faculty includes fiction writer Sarah Jaffe.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 20
    Deadline: 1/15/17
  • Pittsburgh, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Lynn Emanuel, Yona Harvey, Terrance Hayes, Dawn Lundy Martin
    Fiction: Fiona Cheong, Angie Cruz, William Lychak, Irina Reyn
    Nonfiction: Erin Anderson, Jeanne Marie Laskas, Michael Meyer, Peter Trachtenberg
    Digital Narrative: Erin Anderson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 37
    Deadline: 1/7/17
  • San Francisco, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: D. A. Powell, Bruce Snider
    Fiction: Stephen Beachy, Lewis Buzbee, Laleh Khadivi, Nina Schuyler, K. M. Soehnlein, Susan Steinberg
    Nonfiction: Dave Madden, Bich Minh Nguyen, Ryan Van Meter

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 65
    Deadline: 1/15/17
  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
    Core Faculty Includes:

    The core faculty includes Jeanette Lynes. The contributing faculty includes Jon Bath and Kenneth Williams.

    The faculty also includes other professional mentors from the writing community and faculty members from the division of Humanities and Fine Arts.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 14
    Deadline: 1/30/17
  • Columbia, SC
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Samuel Amadon, Fred Dings, Nikky Finney
    Fiction: David Bajo, Elise Blackwell
    Nonfiction: Jim Barilla

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 24
    Deadline: 12/15/16
  • Tampa, FL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Hunt Hawkins, Jay Hopler, Heather Sellers
    Fiction: Karen Brown, Rita Ciresi, John Henry Fleming, Jarod Roselló
    Nonfiction: Heather Sellers, Ira Sukrungruang

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 30
    Deadline: 1/1/17
  • Los Angeles, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Mark Irwin, Anna Journey, Susan McCabe, Carol Muske-Dukes, David St. John
    Fiction: Aimee Bender, T.C. Boyle, Geoff Dyer, Percival Everett, Dana Johnson, Viet Thanh Nguyen, David Treuer, Marianne Wiggins

    Genre: Not Genre-Specific
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 10-12
    Deadline: 12/1/16
  • Tampa, FL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sandra Beasley, Erica Dawson, Donald Morrill, Alan Michael Parker
    Fiction: Jessica Anthony, Brock Clarke, Mikhail Iossel, Stefan Kiesbye, Kevin Moffett, Josip Novakovich, Jason Ockert, Jeff Parker, Corinna Vallianatos, Jennifer Vanderbes
    Nonfiction: Sandra Beasley, John Capouya, Donald Morrill

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Program Size:
    Deadline: 11/20/16
  • Knoxville, TN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Joy Harjo, Marilyn Kallet, Arthur Smith
    Fiction: Margaret Lazarus Dean, Christopher Hebert, Michael Knight
    Nonfiction: Margaret Lazarus Dean

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 5-10
    Deadline: 1/15/17
  • Knoxville, TN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Joy Harjo, Marilyn Kallet, Arthur Smith
    Fiction: Margaret Lazarus Dean, Christopher Hebert, Michael Knight
    Nonfiction: Margaret Lazarus Dean

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 10
    Deadline: 12/15/16
  • Austin, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Lisa Olstein, Dean Young
    Fiction: Edward Carey, Oscar Cásares, Peter LaSalle, Elizabeth McCracken, Deb Olin Unferth

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 14
    Deadline: 12/15/16
  • Edinburg and Brownsville, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Elvia Ardalani, Emmy Pérez, Steven Schneider
    Fiction: Britt Haraway, Eric Miles Williamson
    Nonfiction: Jean Braithwaite

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 36
    Deadline: 10/1/16
  • El Paso, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Rosa Alcalá (U. S.), Jeff Sirkin (U. S.), Sasha Pimentel (U. S.), Timothy Z. Hernandez (U. S.), Andrea Cote Botero (Colombia)
    Fiction: Daniel Chacón (U. S.), José de Piérola (Peru), Luis Arturo Ramos (Mexico), Timothy Z. Hernandez, Lex Williford (U. S.)
    Nonfiction: Sasha Pimentel, Luis Arturo Ramos, Lex Williford, Timothy Z. Hernandez
    Translation: Rosa Alcalá
    Screenwriting: Lex Williford

    The visiting writer for the 2016–17 academic year is Nelson Cardenas (Cuba).

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full, Online
    Program Size: 30 full-residency students; 30 online students
    Deadline: 2/2/17
  • El Paso, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Rosa Alcalá (U. S.), Jeff Sirkin (U. S.), Sasha Pimentel (U. S.), Timothy Z. Hernandez (U. S.), Andrea Cote Botero (Colombia)
    Fiction: Daniel Chacón (U. S.), José de Piérola (Peru), Luis Arturo Ramos (Mexico), Timothy Z. Hernandez, Lex Williford (U. S.)
    Nonfiction: Sasha Pimentel, Luis Arturo Ramos, Lex Williford, Timothy Z. Hernandez
    Translation: Rosa Alcalá
    Screenwriting: Lex Williford

    The visiting writer for the 2016–17 academic year is Nelson Cardenas (Cuba).

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full, Online
    Program Size: 30 full-residency students; 30 online students
    Deadline: 2/2/17
  • Austin, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Kurt Heinzelman, Lisa Olstein, Dean Young
    Fiction: Michael Adams, Edward Carey, Oscar Casares, Peter LaSalle, James Magnuson, Elizabeth McCracken, Deb Olin Unferth

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 36
    Deadline: 12/15/16
  • Salt Lake City, UT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Katharine Coles, Jacqueline Osherow, Paisley Rekdal
    Fiction: Katharine Coles, Michael Mejia, Lance Olsen, Paisley Rekdal, Melanie Thon

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 60
    Deadline: 12/15/16
  • Salt Lake City, UT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Katharine Coles, Jacqueline Osherow, Paisley Rekdal
    Fiction: Katharine Coles, Michael Mejia, Lance Olsen, Paisley Rekdal, Melanie Thon

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 60
    Deadline: 12/15/16
  • Victoria, Canada
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Tim Lilburn, Shane Book
    Fiction: Bill Gaston, Lee Henderson, Lorna Jackson
    Creative Nonfiction: David Leach

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 10
    Deadline: 12/1/16
  • Charlottesville, VA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Rita Dove, Paul Guest, Debra Nystrom, Gregory Orr, Lisa Russ Spaar
    Fiction: Jane Alison, Jeffrey Renard Allen, Sydney Blair, John Casey, Elizabeth Denton, Jeb Livingood, Christopher Tilghman

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 25
    Deadline: 12/15/16
  • Bothell, WA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Amaranth Borsuk, Sarah Dowling, Jeanne Heuving
    Prose: Rebecca Brown, Ted Hiebert, Joe Milutis
    Book Arts: Aeron Bergman, Alejandra Salinas

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Program Size: 18
    Deadline: 2/1/17

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