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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.

  • Los Angeles, CA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Mark Irwin, Anna Journey, Robin Coste Lewis, Susan McCabe, Carol Muske-Dukes, David St. John
    Fiction: Aimee Bender, Percival Everett, Dana Johnson, Viet Thanh Nguyen
    Nonfiction: Geoff Dyer, Maggie Nelson, Danzy Senna, David Treuer

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8-12
    Deadline: 12/1/22
  • Hattiesburg, MS
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Michael Aderibigbe, Angela Ball, Olivia Clare Friedman, Adam Clay
    Fiction: J. A. Bernstein, Olivia Clare Friedman

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-12
    Deadline: 2/1/23
  • Hattiesburg, MS
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Michael Aderibigbe, Angela Ball, Olivia Clare Friedman, Adam Clay
    Fiction: J. A. Bernstein, Olivia Clare Friedman

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10-12
    Deadline: 2/1/23
  • Knoxville, TN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Cornelius Eady, Iliana Rocha
    Fiction: Margaret Lazarus Dean, Christopher Hebert, Michael Knight
    Nonfiction: Margaret Lazarus Dean

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5
    Deadline: 1/15/23
  • Knoxville, TN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Cornelius Eady, Iliana Rocha
    Fiction: Margaret Lazarus Dean, Christopher Hebert, Michael Knight
    Nonfiction: Margaret Lazarus Dean

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 2
    Deadline: 12/1/22
  • El Paso, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Rosa Alcalá, Andrea Cote-Botero, Nelson Cárdenas, Tim Z. Hernandez, Sasha Pimentel, Jeff Sirkin
    Fiction: Sylvia Aguilar Zéleny, Daniel Chacón, Tim Z. Hernandez, José de Piérola, Lex Williford
    Nonfiction: Tim Z. Hernandez, Sasha Pimentel, Lex Williford
    Screenwriting: Nelson Cárdenas, Lex Williford
    Translation: Rosa Alcalá, José de Piérola

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Translation
    Residency: Full, Online
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 2/2/23
  • Austin, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jennifer Chang, Lisa Olstein, Roger Reeves
    Fiction: Edward Carey, Oscar Cásares, Bret Anthony Johnston, Peter LaSalle, Elizabeth McCracken, Deb Olin Unferth

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6
    Deadline: 12/3/22
  • Edinburg and Brownsville, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Emmy Pérez, José A. Rodríguez, Steven Schneider
    Fiction: David Bowles, Christopher Carmona, Britt Haraway, Eric Miles Williamson
    Nonfiction: Jean Braithwaite, José A. Rodríguez
    Translation: José A. Rodríguez

    Affiliate Faculty:
    Poetry (Spanish): Elvia Ardalani
    Fiction (Spanish): Elvia Ardalani, Edna Ochoa
    Translation: Elvia Ardalani, Edna Ochoa
    Playwriting: David Carren, Edna Ochoa
    Scriptwriting: David Carren

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 9
    Deadline: Rolling Admissions
  • Austin, TX
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Jennifer Chang, Joanna Klink, Lisa Olstein, Roger Reeves
    Fiction: Edward Carey, Oscar Casares, Amy Hempel, Peter LaSalle, Bret Anthony Johnston, Elizabeth McCracken, Deb Olin Unferth
    Screenwriting: Stuart Kelban, Richard Lewis, Cindy McCreery, Maya Perez
    Playwriting: Annie Baker, Liz Engelman, Kirk Lynn, KJ Sanchez

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 12
    Deadline: 12/1/22
  • Salt Lake City, UT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Katharine Coles, Jacqueline Osherow, Paisley Rekdal
    Fiction: Lindsey Drager, Michael Mejia, Lance Olsen
    Creative Nonfiction: Katharine Coles, Michael Mejia, Lance Olsen, Paisley Rekdal

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 2-4
    Deadline: 12/15/22
  • Salt Lake City, UT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Katharine Coles, Jacqueline Osherow, Paisley Rekdal
    Fiction: Lindsey Drager, Michael Mejia, Lance Olsen
    Creative Nonfiction: Katharine Coles, Michael Mejia, Lance Olsen, Paisley Rekdal

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6-8
    Deadline: 12/15/22
  • Victoria, Canada
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Shane Book, Tim Lilburn, Gregory Scofield
    Fiction: Lee Henderson
    Creative Nonfiction: Deborah Campbell, Danielle Geller, David Leach
    Playwriting: Kevin Kerr
    Screenwriting: Maureen Bradley, Kathryn Mockler
    Multigenre: Marita Dachsel

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 5
    Deadline: 12/1/22
  • Charlottesville, VA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Rita Dove, Debra Nystrom, Kiki Petrosino, Lisa Russ Spaar, Brian Teare
    Fiction: Rahib Alameddine, Jane Alison, Jeb Livingood, Micheline Marcom

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 12/15/22
  • Bothell, WA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry, Prose & Hybrid: Amaranth Borsuk, Ching-In Chen, Jeanne Heuving

    Cross-Disciplinary: Anida Yoeu Ali, Amaranth Borsuk, Naomi Macalalad Bragin, Ching-In Chen, Jeanne Heuving, Ted Hiebert, Joe Milutis

    2022-23 Visiting Faculty: Ruth Joffre, D.A. Navotti

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 15-19
    Deadline: 2/1/23
  • Seattle, WA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Linda Bierds, Andrew Feld, Richard Kenney, Pimone Triplett
    Prose: David Bosworth, David Crouse, Rae Paris, Maya Sonenberg

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 10
    Deadline: 1/2/23
  • Madison, WI
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Quan Barry, Sean Bishop, Nate Marshall, Erika Meitner, Alison C. Rollins, Paul Tran
    Fiction: Ron Kuka, Dantiel W. Moniz, Beth (Bich Minh) Nguyen, Porter Shreve

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6
    Deadline: 12/15/22
  • Milwaukee, WI
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Brenda Cárdenas, Rebecca Dunham
    Fiction: Liam Callanan, Valerie Laken

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8-10 (MA and PhD students combined)
    Deadline: 12/15/22
  • Milwaukee, WI
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Brenda Cárdenas, Rebecca Dunham
    Fiction: Liam Callanan, Valerie Laken

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8-10 (MA and PhD students combined)
    Deadline: 12/15/22
  • Laramie, WY
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Fiction: Alyson Hagy, Nina McConigley
    Nonfiction: Harvey Hix, Frieda Knobloch, Jeff Lockwood

    Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 4-9
    Deadline: 1/20/23
  • Nashville, TN
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Rick Hilles, Didi Jackson, Major Jackson
    Fiction: Lydia Conklin, Tony Earley, Lorrie Moore, ZZ Packer, Nancy Reisman

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 6
    Deadline: 12/15/22
  • Montpelier, VT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Samiya Bashir, Geoff Bouvier, Tarfia Faizullah, Richard Jackson, Philip Metres, Tomás Q. Morín, Natasha Sajé, Betsy Sholl, Leslie Ullman, Nance Van Winckel, David Wojahn

    Fiction: Miciah Bay Gault, Michael Croley, Fernando A. Flores, Connie May Fowler, Douglas Glover, Gabino Iglesias, T. Geronimo Johnson, Samuel Kọ́láwọ́lé, Ellen Lesser, Brian Leung, Bret Lott, Robin MacArthur, Clint McCown, Adam McOmber, SJ Sindu, Hasanthika Sirisena, Nance Van Winckel,Wanjikū Wa Ngūgī

    Creative Nonfiction: Melissa Faliveno, Harrison Candelaria Fletcher, Connie May Fowler, Barbara Hurd, Gabino Iglesias, Negesti Kaudo, Bret Lott, Patrick Madden, Elena Passarello, Natasha Sajé, Sue William Silverman, SJ Sindu, Hasanthika Sirisena, Ira Sukrungruang

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 25-30 per semester
    Deadline: 10/1/22
  • Montpelier, VT
    Core Faculty Includes:

    William Alexander, Martha Brockenbrough, Loree Griffin Burns, A. R. Capetta, Sheela Chari, Melanie Crowder, Alan Cumyn, David Macinnis Gill, Louise Hawes, Corey Ann Haydu, K. A. Holt, Varian Johnson, A. S. King, Uma Krishnaswami, Jane Kurtz, Martine Leavitt, Kekla Magoon, Deborah Marcero, Cory McCarthy, Anna-Marie McLemore, Anica Mrose Rissi, An Na, Mary Quattlebaum, Sara Ryan, Alex Sanchez, Liz Garton Scanlon, Laura Shovan, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Shelley Tanaka, Linda Urban, Jasmine Warga, Fran Wilde, Emily X. R. Pan, Jennifer Ziegler

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 18-25
    Deadline: 10/15/22
  • Richmond, VA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Gregory Donovan, Kathleen Graber, David Wojahn
    Fiction: Gretchen Comba, Clint McCown, SJ Sindu
    Nonfiction: Sonja Livingston, Jessica Nelson

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 8
    Deadline: 1/15/23
  • Blacksburg, VA
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Nikki Giovanni, Janine Joseph, Jeffrey Mann, Khadijah Queen, Carmen Giménez Smith, Soham Patel, Sophia Terazawa
    Fiction: Edward Falco, Evan Lavender-Smith, Lucinda Roy, Matthew Vollmer

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Full
    Incoming Class Size: 7-9
    Deadline: 1/8/23
  • Asheville, NC
    Core Faculty Includes:

    Poetry: Kaveh Akbar, Debra Allbery, Marianne Boruch, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Daisy Fried, Brooks Haxton, Amaud Jamaul Johnson, A. Van Jordan, Sally Keith, Christine Kitano, Dana Levin, Sandra Lim, James Longenbach, Maurice Manning, Heather McHugh, Matthew Olzmann, Martha Rhodes, Alan Shapiro, Solmaz Sharif, Mary Szybist, Dan Tobin, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Connie Voisine, Alan Williamson, Eleanor Wilner, Monica Youn, C. Dale Young

    Fiction: Lesley Nneke Arimah, Dean Bakopoulos, Robert Boswell, Liam Callanan, Maud Casey, Christopher Castellani, Lan Samantha Chang, Sonya Chung, Angela Flournoy, Jeremy Gavron, Lauren Groff, David Haynes, Vanessa Hua, T. Geronimo Johnson, Nina McConigley, Ana Menendez, Antonya Nelson, Alix Ohlin, Peter Orner, Michael Parker, Kirstin Valdez Quade, Robin Romm, Joan Silber, Marisa Silver, Dominic Smith, Debra Spark, Lysley Tenorio, Peter Turchi, Laura van den Berg

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction
    Residency: Low
    Incoming Class Size: 12-20
    Deadline: 9/1/22

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