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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.

  • Syracuse, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Brooks Haxton, Mary Karr, Christopher Kennedy, Bruce Smith
    Fiction: Mona Awad, Chanelle Benz, Jonathan Dee, George Saunders, Dana Spiotta

    Teaching Faculty: Matthew Grzecki, Sarah Harwell

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 12/15/22
  • Philadelphia, PA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jena Osman, Pattie McCarthy
    Fiction: Don Lee, Liz Moore, Marie-Helene Bertino

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8
    Deadline: 2/15/23
  • 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, James Han Mattson, Kali Fajardjo-Anstine, Debra Monroe, and Tim O’Brien

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 20
    Deadline: 1/31/23
  • New York, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: J. Mae Barizo, Mark Bibbins, Elaine Equi, Robert Polito, Laurie Sheck

    Fiction: Ann Hood, Shelley Jackson, Mira Jacob, Luis Jaramillo, Alexandra Kleeman, James Lasdun, Dale Peck, John Reed, Helen Schulman, Darcey Steinke, Stephen Wright

    Nonfiction: Susan Cheever, Zia Jaffrey, Suzannah Lessard, Honor Moore, Brenda Wineapple

    Writing for Children and Young Adults: Coe Booth, Caron Levis, Emily X.R. Pan, Andrea Pinkney

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 90
    Deadline: 1/15/23
  • Brooklyn, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Randall Horton, Carly Joy Miller, Alicia Mountain
    Fiction: David Gates, Steven Hobbs, Lee Clay Johnson, Andrew Martin, Cleyvis Natera

    Past master lecturers have included Amy Hempel, Major Jackson, Mary Gaitskill, Nathan McClain, Francine Prose, and Ocean Vuong.

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 15
    Deadline: 3/1/23
  • Albany, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Fiction: Aashish Kaul, Edward Schwarzschild, Lynne Tillman

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-20
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Albany, NY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Fiction: Aashish Kaul, Edward Schwarzschild, Lynne Tillman

    Genre: Fiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6-8
    Deadline: 1/15/23
  • Tuscaloosa, AL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Robin Behn, John Estes, Kwoya Fagin Maples, Joel Brouwer
    Fiction: Nana Nkweti, Wendy Rawlings, Kellie Wells
    Nonfiction: Wendy Rawlings

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 16-20
    Deadline: 12/1/22
  • Fairbanks, AK
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sara Eliza Johnson
    Fiction: Gerri Brightwell, Joseph Holt
    Nonfiction: Daryl Farmer

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5-8
    Deadline: 1/15/23
  • Tucson, AZ
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 9
    Deadline: 12/15/22
  • Monticello, AR
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sarah Bloom, Jessica Hylton
    Fiction: Kelsey Englert, Mark Spencer
    Nonfiction: Sheyene Heller

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Online
    Incoming Class Size: 7
    Deadline: 8/1/22
  • 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: 2/15/22
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Keith Maillard, Sheryda Warrener, Bronwen Tate
    Fiction: Anosh Irani, Nancy Lee, Annabel Lyon, Keith Maillard, Maureen Medved, Alix Ohlin, Emily Pohl-Weary, Linda Svendsen, Timothy Taylor, John Vigna
    Nonfiction: Mandy Catron, Timothy Taylor
    Writing for Children/YA: Emily Pohl-Weary, Jordan Scott, Tanya Kyi
    Writing for Television: Linda Svendsen
    Screenwriting: Sharon McGowan
    Playwriting: Sara Graefe
    Indigenous Writing: Billy-Ray Belcourt
    Graphic Novel: Sarah Leavitt
    Lyric & Libretto: Tariq Hussain
    Speculative Fiction: Nalo Hopkinson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 18
    Deadline: 1/7/23
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Susan Musgrave, Bronwen Tate
    Fiction: Nancy Lee, Annabel Lyon, Maureen Medved, Alix Ohlin, Linda Svendsen, Timothy Taylor, John Vigna
    Children/YA: Emily Pohl-Weary, Jordan Scott, Tanya Kyi
    Nonfiction: Mandy Catron, Bronwen Tate
    Graphic Novel: Sarah Leavitt
    Screenwriting: Sara Graefe
    Writing for Television: Zac Hug
    Speculative Fiction: Nalo Hopkinson
    Indigenous Writing: Billy-Ray Belcourt

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Online
    Incoming Class Size: 25
    Deadline: 1/7/23
  • Davis, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-12
    Deadline: 1/5/23
  • Irvine, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Amy Gerstler, Natalie Shapero, Monica Youn
    Fiction: Michelle Latiolais, Claire Vaye Watkins

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6 (for Poetry course), 6 (for Fiction course)
    Deadline: 12/9/22
  • Riverside, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 18
    Deadline: 1/5/23
  • Palm Desert, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Sara Borjas, Jill Alexander Essbaum
    Fiction: Elizabeth Crane, Alex Espinoza, Jill Alexander Essbaum, Tod Goldberg, Stephen Graham Jones, Rob Roberge, Mark Haskell Smith
    Nonfiction: Emily Rapp Black, David L. Ulin
    Screenwriting: William Rabkin, Joshua Malkin, John Schimmel
    Playwriting: Mickey Birnbaum 

    Critic-in-Residence: Heather Scott Partington 

    Screenwriter-in-Residence: Jackie McKinley

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 15-20 per application period
    Deadline: 2/1/23
  • La Jolla, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Kazim Ali, Amy Sara Carroll, Ben Doller, Camille Forbes, Lily Hoang, Jac Jemc, Casandra López, Brandon Som, Anna Joy Springer, Marco Wilkinson

    Genre: Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 4-8
    Deadline: 1/5/23
  • Conway, AR
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5-8
    Deadline: 2/1/23
  • Orlando, FL
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Rochelle Hurt, Obi Nwakanma, Terry Ann Thaxton
    Fiction: Blake Sanz, Peter Kispert, Chrissy Kolaya, David James Poissant, Darlin’ Neal
    Nonfiction: Jocelyn Bartkevicius, Lisa Roney, Laurie Rachkus Uttich

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12-14
    Deadline: 1/1/23
  • Edmond, OK
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Fiction: Constance Squires
    Poetry: Toby Wray
    Screenwriting: Milos Ajdinovic

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5-10
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Cincinnati, OH
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Rebecca Lindenberg, Aditi Machado, Felicia Zamora
    Fiction: Chris Bachelder, Michael Griffith, Leah Stewart
    Nonfiction: Kristen Iversen

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 7-9
    Deadline: 1/6/23
  • Boulder, CO
    Core Faculty Includes:

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

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6-10
    Deadline: 1/3/23
  • Denver, CO
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Graham Foust, Bin Ramke
    Prose: Patrick Cottrell, Poupeh Missaghi, Selah Saterstrom, Joanna Howard (Director)

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6-8
    Deadline: 12/17/22

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