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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.

  • Waleska, GA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Donna Coffey Little, Laura Newbern, William Walsh, Will Wright
    Fiction: 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: Grant Clauser, Christine Salvatore
    Fiction: Jennifer Fenn, Trish Rodriguez, Carla (C.J.) Spataro
    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: Airea Dee Matthews, Gregory Pardlo, Patrick Rosal
    Fiction: Lauren Grodstein, Tom McAllister, Lisa Zeidner
    Nonfiction: Lise Funderburg, Paul Lisicky

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 9
    Deadline: 1/20/23
  • Newark, NJ
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 14
    Deadline: 12/15/22
  • Moraga, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Brenda Hillman, Matthew Zapruder
    Fiction: Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
    Nonfiction: Marilyn Abildskov

    Visiting writers rotate every semester. 

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 17
    Deadline: 12/10/22
  • 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: 3/15/23
  • San Diego, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sandra Alcosser, Blas Falconer

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20
    Deadline: 2/1/23
  • 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: 2/1/23
  • 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: 2/1/23
  • 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: Kirsten Brandt, Matthew Spangler

    Recent Lurie Distinguished Authors-in-Residence include Cristina Garcia, Vendela Vida, Andrew Sean Greer,  Don George, ZZ Packer, and Faith Adiele. In 2023: Jean Guerrero

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 14
    Deadline: 2/1/23
  • Bronxville, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Fiction and Speculative Fiction: Carolyn Ferrell, Myla Goldberg, Garth Risk Hallberg, David Hollander, Violet Kupersmith, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, K. Lorrel Manning, Lincoln Michel, Julia Phillips, Victoria Redel, Nelly Reifler, David Ryan
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    Nonfiction: Jo Ann Beard, Tim Kreider, Heather Harpham, Domenica Ruta, Vijay Seshadri, Jacob Slichter, Meredith Talusan, Cliff Thompson, Kate Zambreno.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 30–40
    Deadline: 1/10/23
  • Savannah, GA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Savannah: Chris Millis, Jonathan Rabb, Andrea Goto, Lee Griffith

    Atlanta: Christopher Bundy, Paige Gray, Catherine Ramsdell, Darby Sanders, Carlie Sorosiak

    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: Jesse Ball, 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
    Playwriting:  Ruth Margraff

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20-25
    Deadline: 1/10/23
  • Seattle, WA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Mischa Willet, Jennifer Maier
    Fiction: Bryan Bliss, Gina Ochsner
    Nonfiction: Robert Clark, David McGlynn

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 9-10 per residency
    Deadline: 11/1/22
  • 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: Wiley Cash, K. L. Cook, Kirby Gann, Rachel M. Harper, Roy Hoffman, Silas House, Angela Jackson-Brown, Robin Lippincott, Lee Martin, Nancy McCabe, Eleanor Morse, Elaine Neil Orr, John Pipkin, Karen Salyer, Neela Vaswani

    Nonfiction: Dianne Aprile, Roy Hoffman, Jason Kyle Howard, Robin Lippincott, Lee Martin, Nancy McCabe, Elaine Neil Orr, Felicia Rose Chavez, Karen Salyer McElmurray, Neela Vaswani, Rebecca Walker

    Writing for Children & Young Adults: Beth Bauman, Ellen Hagan, 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: 2/1/23
  • Greensburg, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Nicole Peeler, Michael Arnzen, Kosoko Jackson, Priscilla Oliveras, Valerie Burns, Victoria Thompson

    Genre: Fiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 10-20 per residency
    Deadline: 10/5/22
  • Sewanee, TN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Nickole Brown, Tiana Clark, Charles Martin, Eric Smith
    Fiction: Chris Bachelder, Ryan Chapman, Lee Conell, Sidik Fofana, 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: 10-15
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • New Haven, CT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jeff Mock
    Fiction: Rachel Furey, Tim Parrish
    Creative Nonfiction: Rachel Furey, Tim Parrish

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 3/1/23
  • Carbondale, IL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Judy Jordan, Allison Joseph
    Fiction: Pinckney Benedict, Rafael Frumkin

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8-10
    Deadline: 2/1/23
  • Manchester, NH
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Melissa Marr, Gabino Iglesias, Lauren A. Forry, Terry Maggert, Melissa Hart, Jen McGlaughlin

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

    Genre: Fiction
    Residency: Online
    Incoming Class Size: 44
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Brooklyn, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Felice Belle, Mahogany Browne, Annie Finch, Jive Poetic
    Fiction: Hannah Assadi, Theo Gangi, Marlon James, Lincoln Michel, Jason Starr
    Nonfiction: Chloe Cooper Jones
    Playwriting/Screenwriting: Ben Snyder
    Graphic Writing for Comic Books: Jason Starr

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 8 each year
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • DeLand, 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: 7
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Portland, ME
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Chen Chen, Katherine Larson, Raina León, Debra Marquart, Cate Marvin

    Fiction: Rick Bass, Susan Conley, Ron Currie Jr., Aaron Hamburger, Elizabeth Searle, Morgan Talty

    Popular Fiction: JJ Amaworo Wilson, Tobias Bucknell, Tom Coash, David Anthony Durham, John Florio, Theodora Goss, Elizabeth Hand, Robert Levy, Elizabeth Searle

    Creative Nonfiction: Faith Adiele, Rick Bass, Susan Conley, John Florio, Aaron Hamburger, Katherine Larson, Raina León, Debra Marquart, Morgan Talty

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 12-18 per residency
    Deadline: 9/1/22
  • Southampton and New York, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Billy Collins, Molly Gaudry, Julie Sheehan
    Fiction: Melissa Bank, Genevieve Sly Crane, Paul Harding, Amy Hempel, Kaylie Jones, Matthew Klam, Robert Lopez, Susan Scarf Merrell, Susan Minot, Robert Reeves, Frederic Tuten, Emma Walton Hamilton, Meg Waltzer
    Nonfiction and Memoir: Neal Gabler, Robert Lopez, Patricia McCormick, Patricia Marx, Roger Rosenblatt, Lou Ann Walker
    Screenwriting: Annette Handley Chandler

    Each semester noted authors are invited to teach a special class. Recent authors have included Brit Bennett, Hugh Ryan, Dawnie Walton, De’Shawn Winslow.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 15-25
    Deadline: 1/7/23

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