Creative Writing Programs

MFA Creative Writing Programs :: Includes PhD, MA

 


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Antioch University Los Angeles logoAntioch University Los Angeles

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

In Antioch University Los Angeles' unique low-residency program, students explore the important role of the writer in society, reading works by diverse and socially-conscious authors. The MFA in Creative Writing program is comprised of on-campus residencies—which include classes, readings, and workshops—complemented by a five-month, online project period during which students live and write in their home communities. Antioch University Los Angeles offers specialized fields of creative writing study in the following genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, and Writing for Young People. Our distinguished instructors are all actively published writers who serve as dedicated mentors throughout the program.

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Pine Manor College logoPine Manor College Solstice Low-Residency

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is co-educational, inclusive, and affordable. Our program is designed to help students reach their full potential as writers through a demanding curriculum that balances the workshop experience with the study of literary craft, criticism, and theory.

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Vanderbilt University logoVanderbilt University

MFA in Creative Writing

The Vanderbilt MFA—in vibrant Nashville, TN—is a highly selective, two to three year, intensive MFA program in poetry and fiction. Nine faculty teach 12-15 students. All students fully funded; annual stipend $24,000 + health insurance. Students work several hours/week in the Writing Studio first year, and teach one section undergraduate creative writing second year. We focus on one on one mentoring, and encourage students to use their gifts as writers in community, working as writers in residence, at talented youth camps, and prison workshops. Outstanding Visiting Writers Series. Students edit and publish national online journal Nashville Review.

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West Virginia University logoWest Virginia University

MFA in Creative Writing

Founded in 2001, West Virginia University’s MFA Program is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, along the Monongahela River. Our program offers specializations in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Workshop sizes are always small, usually capped at twelve students.In addition to taking five workshops, including one out of genre, students work one-on-one with faculty mentors in preparing their theses: a book-length work of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Students take additional courses in editing, professional writing, and literature, receive training in pedagogy, and teach composition and creative writing. Our program is home to the Cheat River Review, and we offer opportunities for outreach via the Appalachian Prison Book Project, the Bolton Writing Workshops, and partnerships with middle schools and senior citizen "lifelong learners."

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Antioch University Los Angeles logoAntioch University Los Angeles

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

In Antioch University Los Angeles' unique low-residency program, students explore the important role of the writer in society, reading works by diverse and socially-conscious authors. The MFA in Creative Writing program is comprised of on-campus residencies—which include classes, readings, and workshops—complemented by a five-month, online project period during which students live and write in their home communities. Antioch University Los Angeles offers specialized fields of creative writing study in the following genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, and Writing for Young People. Our distinguished instructors are all actively published writers who serve as dedicated mentors throughout the program.

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Arcadia University logoArcadia University

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

A low-residency program incorporating online workshops, one-on-one work with faculty members, and a residency spent abroad. Each student produces a manuscript length thesis as well as a plan to publish it.

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Ashland University MFA logoAshland University

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

Ashland University offers the only two-genre low-residency program in the country, with a cross-genre option and degree tracks in poetry and creative nonfiction. The program is characterized both by an insistence on high aesthetic standards for the creation of new literature and by an emphasis on a supportive community of writers.

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Augsburg College MFA logoAugsburg College

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

Come to the Twin Cities and be a part of a vibrant literary community where you’ll engage the world thoughtfully, deepen and broaden your artistic sensibilities, and enjoy individual attention with a 5:1 student to faculty mentor ratio. The Augsburg MFA in creative writing is a two-year low-residency program with tracks in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting and playwriting and concentrations in translation, teaching, and publishing. Students enrolled in the MFA’s publishing sequence are the editors of a literary press that sponsors a national writing competition and publishes a book-length collection of prose or poetry each year.

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Bard College MFA logoBard College

Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

Bard MFA is a nontraditional school for interdisciplinary study in the visual and creative arts: film/video, music/sound, painting, photography, sculpture, and writing. Students are in residence on campus for eight weeks during three consecutive summers, with two winter sessions of independent study completed off campus. Each summer, students meet one on one with faculty from all six disciplines. This interdisciplinary context is ideal for writers, as it allows them to explore issues common to the other arts while they address those specific to writing. The program is most suitable for writers working with poetry, short fiction, sound, internet, and mixed-media writing.

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Bennington College MFA screenshotBennington College

Bennington Graduate Writing Seminars

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

The Bennington Graduate Writing Seminars Low-Residency program can be seen as the response of the literary sensibility to the realities of modern life. It is an alternative time calculation, realistically reflecting the seasons and rhythms of a writer's actual work habits. It offers considerable freedom to the student, but the student must be willing to practice a good deal of Emersonian self-reliance. At Bennington, freedom and responsibility exist on a continuum just as freedom and responsibility exist in a dynamic interdependence.

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Bluegrass Writers Studio logoBluegrass Writers Studio

Eastern Kentucky University

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

The mission of the Bluegrass Writers Studio is simple: to help our participants fulfill the dream of becoming better writers—with more focus, speed, and support than self-study can typically provide. Through our courses and residencies, we also offer rare opportunities to connect with accomplished writers, agents and editors. We provide an apprenticeship in craft and form, while our residency and online workshops provide focused feedback on your fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. Your progress through the program includes opportunities to study overseas in Lisbon, Portugal and culminates in a guided thesis project in the genre of your choice.

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Butler University logoButler University

MFA in Creative Writing

The MFA is a 36-hour studio MFA that includes ten three-credit courses and six hours of formal thesis work with an advisor. We offer programs in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, as well as electives in screenwriting, young adult fiction, poetic form, literary editing and publishing, and teaching creative writing. We offer top-flight, full-time faculty, nationally recognized visiting faculty, and one of the finest visiting writers series in the country. We operate a MFA-run literary magazine and other publishing enterprises, and also offer teaching and service opportunities through an array of programs.

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California College of the Arts logoCalifornia College of the Arts

MFA in Creative Writing

CCA’s MFA Program in Writing is dedicated to leading talented writers toward their lifelong creative careers. In our distinctly flexible yet rigorous curriculum, you’ll engage in workshops that offer supportive yet instrumental critiques of your work in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and cross genre writing. You are not required to declare a specific genre of study. Mentored-study courses provide one-on-one instruction and guidance from accomplished faculty writers who value interdisciplinary opportunities. Alumni have gone on to publish books, launch publishing houses, literary journals and reading series, and teach at the some of the finest colleges and universities.

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Chatham University MFA logoChatham University

MFA in Creative Writing Program

Chatham University's MFA, focusing on place-based writing and social outreach, is the premier graduate program for students interested in place-based writing and innovative community programs. No other MFA program offers concentrations in travel writing, teaching, publishing, or nature writing in addition to a primary genre focus (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction or children’s writing), and no other MFA program offers the ability to have a dual-genre focus. We are also the only MFA program to offer both a full residency program and a low-residency program as well as the ability to easily move between the two.

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Columbia College Chicago logoColumbia College Chicago

Creative Writing BA, BFA, MFA - Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Columbia College Chicago offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, with internationally renowned faculty in USA’s largest not-for-profit private arts and media college as well as distinguished writers-in-residence, teaching instructorships, editorial opportunities, diverse reading series, annual literary festivals, a thriving literary community, and small classes. The MFA in Poetry is an intimate studio/academic program with a curriculum that centers on writing and craft. The MFA in Nonfiction is an intensive study of nonfiction and the theory of nonfiction. Thesis seminars and one-on-one advising help students complete program with book-length manuscript. The MFA in Fiction offers Story Workshop® classes and a wide range of specialty writing courses.

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Columbia University School of the Arts logoColumbia University School of the Arts

MFA in Creative Writing

The Columbia University School of the Arts MFA Writing Program, offering concentrations in Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry, and a joint course of study in Literary Translation, is highly regarded for artistic diversity and for its outstanding faculty of acclaimed writers and editors. The rigorous approach to literary instruction requires 60 credits over 2-3 years of study. Extracurricular programming includes the Creative Writing Lecture Series, Nonfiction Dialogues, student reading series, Our Word: Writers of Color, and events to introduce students to editors and agents. Internships, scholarships and teaching fellowships are available.

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Converse College MFA logoConverse College

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

The MFA in Creative Writing is a two-year co-educational low residency program designed for serious, independent writers seeking advanced instruction in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction through a non-traditional course of graduate study. The program’s emphasis on the mastery and understanding of writing skills and contemporary literature and craft, through the master-writer and apprentice mentoring relationship, offers students a stimulating and individually tailored curriculum of courses and projects.

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Eastern Oregon University logoEastern Oregon University

MFA in Creative Writing

Innovative, intense, intimate. The new low residency MFA in Creative Writing combines the rigor and energy of small, focused workshops (5-7 students working with faculty mentors) in the heart of Northeast Oregon’s Grande Ronde Valley. If you value the real West over the resort town West, then join us in the low residency MFA program at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.

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Eastern Washington University logoEastern Washington University

MFA in Creative Writing

The Inland Northwest Center for Writers Master of Fine Arts program is an intensive, two-year, pre-professional course of study with an emphasis on the practice of literature as a fine art. The program includes course work in the study of literature from the vantage point of its composition and history.

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Fairfield University logoFairfield University

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

If you're interested not only in writing your book but getting it published, then Fairfield's MFA is the program for you. In the past two years our alumni have published 14 books, in addition to hundreds of articles, essays, stories, and poems. With our post-graduate teacher-training program, students have also been offered teaching positions on the college level, and our new concentration in publishing and editing has helped students get internships at magazines and publishing houses. With our flexible, twice-yearly residencies on Enders Island in Mystic, CT, you don't have to interrupt your life, your career, or your family by attending weekly classes.

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Goddard College logoGoddard College

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

In the Goddard College Creative Writing program, students work with faculty advisors to develop rigorous individualized study plans for finding and strengthening their creative voices and creative professional lives. The first low-residency writing program, the Goddard MFA supports students writing fiction, poetry, memoir, plays, screenplays, graphic novel scripts, and nonfiction. The faculty are professional, working authors and also devoted, effective teachers. Students can gain editing experience with the student-run Pitkin Review literary journal, and residencies include publishing workshops. The Goddard MFA includes the unique and rewarding teaching practicum, in which students teach creative craft in workshop, community, and college settings.

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Hamline University logoHamline University

MFA in Writing
MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults (low-res)

At Hamline, you’ll benefit not only from being a part of the only university in the U.S. with three fine arts programs in creative writing and an award-winning national literary magazine, but also from the cultural and literary bounty of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Hamline students experience a world-class education in the process and craft of writing taught by award-winning practicing writers. Our faculty have published more than 250 books and won the highest awards given for excellence in writing for children, young adults, and adults. Our alumni go on to publish, teach, and work in the literary publishing industry.

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Hollins University Jackson Center logoHollins University
Jackson Center for Creative Writing

MFA in Creative Writing

Our intensive two-year studio/hybrid MFA program helps you find your way in an atmosphere of cooperation and encouragement. We support college graduates who want to concentrate on craft and on reading the way writers do. The 24 students in this highly regarded program work successfully in poetry, short fiction, novels, and creative nonfiction—and between genres, too. We're known for our strong sense of community and our lively co-curricular program. Our faculty take time to work with students. Hollins alums have a remarkably high record of publication: this is a program for people who really want to write.

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Lesley University logoLesley University

MFA Program in Creative Writing (low-res)

Ranked #4 among low-residency MFA Programs by Poets & Writers, and the only such program located in a major U.S. literary city, Lesley offers five concentrations: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Writing for Stage and Screen, and Writing for Young People. Our graduates have published books, been featured in prestigious journals, won major literary prizes and fellowships, had theatrical productions, and found teaching positions in numerous schools and colleges. The faculty are celebrated writers and passionate teachers. The program's Interdisciplinary Studies component nourishes students’ writing and aspirations to be working writers.

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Manhattanville College logoManhattanville College

MFA in Creative Writing

Manhattanville’s MFA program is among the most flexible creative writing programs in the country. With our unique, non-tracking curriculum, students have the opportunity to work in a variety of genres, to experiment with cross-genre writing, or to focus on a single genre with gifted teachers and mentors who are also award-winning authors. MFA students are encouraged to build an individualized program that best fits their immediate interests and long-term goals. Course offerings regularly include workshops in fiction (in short story and novel), poetry, cross-genre writing, creative nonfiction, children’s/young adult writing, and screenwriting as well as other electives.

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Mills College logoMills College

MFA in Creative Writing

Part of the San Francisco Bay Area’s vibrant literary community, Mills College offers innovative MFA programs in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and book art. Our graduate English programs tap into the Bay Area’s energy and are distinguished by their long-established reputations; innovation; outstanding faculty; intimate community of writers, scholars, and alumni; and commitment to a vision of the literary arts as socially transformative. Our graduate English programs enhance your creativity and give you the tools to engage the world around you.

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Murray State University MFAMurray State University

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

In the beautiful lakes region of Western Kentucky, something extraordinary is happening. Masters in their craft—some of the most widely respected novelists, poets and essayists working today—are guiding a group of talented and diverse writers in Murray State University's high quality, low-residency, and very affordable MFA program.

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Naropa University logoNaropa University

Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics

MFA in Writing & Poetics

The Jack Kerouac School emphasizes innovative approaches to literary arts. Our programs problematize genre while cultivating contemplative and experimental writing practices. Each year, we invite more than sixty guest faculty to our internationally renowned Summer Writing Program, a four-week colloquium of workshops, lectures, and readings. This distinguishing feature fosters an intensely creative environment for students to develop their writing projects in conversation with a community of writers. Founded in 1974 by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman, the Jack Kerouac School consists of the undergraduate Core Writing Seminars, a BA in Writing & Literature, a residential MFA in Writing & Poetics, a low-residency MFA in Creative Writing, and the Summer Writing Program.

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National University logoNational University

MFA in Creative Writing (online)

The National University MFA program is a completely online program with no residency requirement. Workshop classes are conducted in electronic classrooms with fellow writers from around the country and the world.

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New Hampshire Institute of Art logoNew Hampshire Institute of Art

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

Our Low-residency MFA in Creative Writing is situated within an art institute, inspiring opportunities for cross-pollination and hybridization of genres and art forms. In each ten-day residency, writers work alongside the MFA students in Visual Arts, Photography, and Writing for Stage and Screen. Whether you'd like to write traditional fiction or nonfiction or invent a new hybrid form, you'll learn how different disciplines approach the creative process, participate in writing workshops and seminars with our award-winning faculty, and receive one-one-one feedback from mentors and peers.

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New York University Creative Writing Program logoNew York University

Graduate Creative Writing Program

The graduate Creative Writing Program at NYU consists of a community of writers working together in a setting that is both challenging and supportive. Through innovative literary outreach programs, a distinguished reading series, special literary seminars with master writers, and the production of a high-quality literary journal, students participate in a dynamic literary community actively engaged in all aspects of the literary arts. Situated in the heart of Greenwich Village, students have the opportunity to enjoy America's most literary terrain while working closely with some of the finest poets and novelists writing today.

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New York University Creative Writing Program logoNew York University

Low-Residency MFA Writers Workshop in Paris (low-res)

The MFA Writers Workshop in Paris constitutes an intimate creative apprenticeship that extends beyond traditional classroom walls. Over two years, students and faculty convene regularly in Paris for five intensive ten-day residency periods (held biannually in January and July). While in residency in Paris, students participate in a vibrant community engaged in all aspects of the literary arts, including workshops, craft talks, lectures, individual conferences, and manuscript consultations, as well as a diverse series of readings, special events, and professional development panels.

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Northern Michigan University logoNorthern Michigan University

MA, MFA in Creative Writing

NMU, located on the Lake Superior shore of Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula, offers a three-year MFA degree in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction, as well as a two-year MA in writing, literature, pedagogy, or theater. Teaching assistantships and fellowships are available, as well as travel opportunities, summer grants, and internships with Passages North. NMU grads have published work with Knopf and Penguin, continued on to literary and creative PhD programs, found full-time teaching positions, and started literary magazines. Marquette, Michigan, a bike-friendly town even in the snowy winter, is surrounded by some of the country's most stunning forests and water.

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Northwestern University logo Northwestern University
School of Continuing Studies

MA/MFA in Creative Writing

The part-time Master of Arts/Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Northwestern University offers scheduling flexibility to pursue your writing goals while balancing your professional and personal life. Core writing competency is developed through peer workshops, reading and discussing other authors’ works, literature courses, electives, a teaching practicum, and publishing internships.

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Northwest Institute of Literary Arts logoNorthwest Institute of Literary Arts

Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA in Creative Writing &
MFA in Publishing & Editing (low-res)

The Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, an organization of writers, sponsors the Whidbey Writers Workshop's two low-residency MFAs: the MFA in writing and the MFA in Publishing and Editing. The only accredited MFA program in the country sponsored by an association of writers includes tracks in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for children/young adults and Publishing and Editing. Each semester begins with a 10-day intensive residency on Whidbey Island, Washington; classes begin there and continue online for an additional 16 weeks. MFA in writing students may take an additional Certificate in Publishing and Editing for a total of 70 semester credits.
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The Ohio State University logoThe Ohio State University

MFA in Creative Writing

The MFA at OSU is a fully funded three-year program, unparalleled in its commitment to the success of its students. The enthusiastic mutual support of current students and alumni is legion. Course offerings are varied and numerous, with core workshops/forms seminars in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction; seminars in playwriting, screenwriting, and literary publishing; special topics workshops (in the long poem, humor writing, etc.); cross-disciplinary workshops; and a multidisciplinary seminar for artists across the university. MFA students teach two courses a year, including creative writing workshops, and have the opportunity to work as editors on The Journal.

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Red Earth MFA logoOklahoma City University

The Red Earth MFA in Creative Writing

The Red Earth MFA in Creative Writing: Write in the middle of it all. A new kind of low-residency program. Two years, five residencies. Creative and professional development.

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Pine Manor College logoPine Manor College Solstice Low-Residency

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is co-educational, inclusive, and affordable. Our program is designed to help students reach their full potential as writers through a demanding curriculum that balances the workshop experience with the study of literary craft, criticism, and theory.

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Rosemont College logoRosemont College

MFA in Creative Writing

The mission of Rosemont College’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is to empower students with real-life skills and experiences that will enable them to achieve their professional and creative goals as writers, and to become productive contributors of larger writing communities as authors, teachers, publishers, and readers. We have envisioned a program where the students have opportunities to work with established and accomplished writers, editors, and industry professionals, in a variety of settings that allow our students to blossom and discover their own unique voices as writers.

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Rutgers-Newark logoRutgers-Newark

MFA in Creative Writing

The Rutgers-Newark MFA Program, located on the most richly diverse undergrad campus in the nation, is a 18-minute train ride from Manhattan. Our award-winning faculty truly mentor our poets and fiction writers; our studio/research MFA offers workshops, thesis hours, and 7 interdisciplinary elective courses to full (2 year) and part time (3 year) students. Aid includes TA's and Part Time Scholarships teaching Comp or Creative Writing, Half Tuition Scholarships, and Capote Fellowships. The Writers At Newark Reading Series is central to our curriculum; our Writers at Newark: Contemporary American Lit courses and Newark High Schools outreach are based on the work of Series' writers each semester.

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San Francisco State University logoSan Francisco State University

MA, MFA in Creative Writing

The Creative Writing Program at SFSU offers three degree programs: B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing, M.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing; and M.F.A. in Creative Writing. Our curriculum reflects our commitment to a variety of styles, subjects, and approaches, recognizing the complexity and breadth of contemporary writing. Students are instructed in literary analysis and develop their craft to constructively critique their own work and that of others. We are honored to be associated with the SFSU Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives, which curates two reading series a year.

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Sarah Lawrence College logoSarah Lawrence College

MFA in Writing

The Master of Fine Arts Program in Writing at Sarah Lawrence confers degrees in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Study at Sarah Lawrence includes weekly workshops and craft classes; a yearlong colloquium in which writers and publishing professionals talk with students about every aspect of the writing life; and biweekly, one-on-one meetings between student and workshop instructor. In these biweekly conferences, our faculty of distinguished writers engages with your work in depth and in detail, accompanying you every step of the way as you investigate the possibilities of your art. We know of no other writing program that offers this degree of mentorship.

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School of hte Art Institue of Chicago logoSchool of the Art Institute of Chicago

MFA in Creative Writing

The two-year Master of Fine Arts in Writing (MFAW) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) distinguishes itself from more conventional writing programs in that it both questions typical genre distinctions and nurtures traditional writing approaches. MFAW students are immersed in an arts environment within the nation’s second-highest rated MFA program, encouraging them to participate in an active community of artists, writers, and scholars. Collaboration is complemented by the program’s self-directed nature: students work closely with faculty advisors who are also prolific practitioners in their fields to create a course plan specific to their interests.

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Seattle Pacific University logoSeattle Pacific University

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

The low-residency MFA at Seattle Pacific University is for apprentice writers who want to pursue excellence in the craft of writing and care about the relationship between faith and literature. For us, faith is not a shortcut or a warrant to produce didactic or sentimental work. We are inspired by a tradition of writing in which the highest standards of art, an open-eyed exploration of human experience, and a respect for transcendent mystery come together. That’s why our program is one of the most rigorous in the world. Our models are Augustine and Dante, Donne and Dostoevsky, Eliot and O’Connor.

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Seton Hill University logoSeton Hill University

MFA in Writing Popular Fiction (low-res)

Seton Hill’s unique online program—supported by intensive on-campus writers' residencies—teaches writers to create, market, and teach the fiction that sells. It is designed for those authors who wish to write within the popular fiction genres such as romance, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery. Seton Hill’s program features a flexible online/residency format that allows students to earn a master of fine arts degree while working full-time, one-on-one mentoring by established writers, professors who are active and successful authors, a supportive writing community that continues after graduation, and the ability to write a full-length novel while earning a degree.

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Spalding MFASpalding University

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

The Spalding MFA offers an intellectually stimulating and emotionally supportive experience; unparalleled flexibility and individually tailored graduate study; a diverse and close-knit community of writers. Our 65-hour, brief-residency MFA in Writing combines superb instruction with unparalleled flexibility. Each semester of the program begins with a ten-day residency, in which students and faculty gather for an intensive workshopping and learning experience. At the conclusion of the residency, students return home to study independently with a faculty mentor for the rest of the semester. During the semester, each instructor supervises a small number of students, and each student’s program is highly individualized to meet each student at his or her level of writing. Students may customize the location, season, and pace of their studies.

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Stony Brook Southampton MFAStony Brook Southampton

MFA in Writing & Literature

Immerse yourself in your work while in the company of other serious writers at our seaside campus in the Hamptons. Enrollment in our workshops, led by distinguished authors, is capped at twelve. Unlike most MFA programs, ours does not track students into a single genre. We welcome full and part-time students, and offer a Manhattan Track to the MFA.

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University of Arkansas - Monticello MFAUniversity of Arkansas - Monticello

MFA in Creative Writing Program (online)

UAM's entirely online program offers workshops in creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. We offer our students a rigorous, yet flexible education with small classes and a quality education at an affordable price.

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University of California, Riverside logoUniversity of California, Riverside-Palm Desert

MFA Program in Creative Writing &
Writing for the Performing Arts (low-res)

The low residency MFA program at UCR-Palm Desert, the first of its kind in the University of California system, offers a full academic and professional immersion into the writing world. In addition to their creative work, students meet one-on-one with industry professionals to help guide them towards the next step of their careers.

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University of Guelph logoUniversity of Guelph

MFA in Creative Writing

Our degree program offers workshops in fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, and poetry. Defining characteristics of the program include innovative plenary courses, a semester-long mentorship with a professional writer, and the opportunity to design and teach creative writing workshops in a downtown Toronto public school.

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University of Idaho MFA logoUniversity of Idaho

MFA Program in Creative Writing

Idaho’s three-year curriculum is ideal for those who demand rigorous instruction in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Our program—small by design—limits enrollment in graduate workshops to 10-15 students, which allows for an intimate and dynamic work environment, and full access to our award-winning faculty. Moscow, and its abundant wilderness opportunities, is an ideal place to focus on writing.

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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign logoUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

MFA in Creative Writing

The MFA degree at UIUC provides students with graduate study and professional training in the writing of fiction and poetry with our distinguished graduate faculty: Philip Graham, Janice N. Harrington, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Michael Madonick, Audrey Petty, and Alex Shakar. The degree’s primary goal is to give writers time and space to work on perfecting their art. Upon graduation, students will have the skills necessary to teach writing and will produce a book-length, publishable manuscript. Students will also have the opportunity to gain experience in literary editing and publishing while working on Ninth Letter.

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University of New Hampshire logoUniversity of New Hampshire

MFA in Creative Writing

The MFA Program at the University of New Hampshire has a clear goal: to help you mold your gifts and passion for the art and to prepare you for the opportunities and demands that all writers will experience in a long career. What happens to you after you leave this program—how you will sustain yourself and your work—is one of our strongest concerns. This supportive community of students and faculty shares a belief that writing matters and that the best books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction are made out of both the creative imagination and rigorous work.

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University of North Carolina at GreensboroUniversity of North Carolina-Greensboro

MFA Writing Program

We are one of the oldest MFA programs in the country. With an emphasis on studio  time in which to study the writing of poetry or fiction, students also develop their talents through small classes in the arts. Workshops and individual conferences with faculty are the core of the curriculum.

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University of North Carolina Wilmington logoUniversity of North Carolina Wilmington

MFA in Creative Writing

Our MFA program—an intensive, three-year studio-academic experience in the writing of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction—joins students who share a common passion and faculty members who provide critical support of their work. The faculty of the Department of Creative Writing view MFA students as colleagues-in-the-making, and consider it a privilege to teach in such a community. Our invitation to successful candidates to join our MFA community is regarded as an equal privilege. We do all that we can to mentor our MFA students to successful lives as writers; in return we ask that they contribute something of value to our writing community.

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University of South Carolina logoUniversity of South Carolina

MFA In Creative Writing

The University of South Carolina MFA blends the camaraderie of a small program with the resources of a large English department. Students work closely with well-published and supportive faculty and interact frequently with both internationally acclaimed and emerging visiting writers. All admitted students are funded across their three years here. (All second- and third-year students are fully funded and all first-year students are fully or substantially funded.) Intensive yet collegial workshops comprise the program's center, while students also receive world-class training in literary study with optional opportunities in pedagogy, editing, and outreach in a vibrant, inexpensive, and relaxed college city.

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University of Southern Maine logoUniversity of Southern Maine

Stonecoast MFA Program (low-res)

The University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing combines the energy of a forward-thinking low-residency program with the solid educational excellence of the very best creative writing programs in the nation. Stonecoast is one of the nation’s leading low-residency M.F.A. programs, ranked in the top ten low-residency programs by Poets and Writers since 2010, and is known for providing a superb, open-minded, and progressive education in the art of writing.

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MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

The University of Tampa low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program is designed to help poets, fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers advance their command of craft through exposure to literature from a writerly perspective and with supportive critique and mentoring.

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Vanderbilt University logoVanderbilt University

MFA in Creative Writing

The Vanderbilt MFA—in vibrant Nashville, TN—is a highly selective, two to three year, intensive MFA program in poetry and fiction. Nine faculty teach 12-15 students. All students fully funded; annual stipend $24,000 + health insurance. Students work several hours/week in the Writing Studio first year, and teach one section undergraduate creative writing second year. We focus on one on one mentoring, and encourage students to use their gifts as writers in community, working as writers in residence, at talented youth camps, and prison workshops. Outstanding Visiting Writers Series. Students edit and publish national online journal Nashville Review.

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Vermont College of Fine Arts logoVermont College of Fine Arts

MFA in Writing (low-res)

Established in 1981, the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing program was one of the first low-residency programs in the country. The Atlantic named it one of the top low-residency programs nationwide. The 1200+ alumni/ae have published over hundreds of books and received nearly every literary award in the country. Unlike traditional residential programs, VCFA brings students together twice each year on campus from every corner of the world. The diversity of perspectives, attitudes, and voices is exceptional. After each residency, writers return home inspired and ready to continue the semester through discourse with their faculty advisors.

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Washington University St. Louis logoWashington University St. Louis

MFA in Creative Writing

The MFA Program at Washington University in St. Louis is a two-year program where 20 to 25 students are working toward MFA degrees in fiction or poetry. Each year our reading series brings a diverse group of poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers to the department. In addition, the Hurst Professor program brings in four distinguished visitors each year to present their newest work, lecture on the craft of writing, and work one-on-one with our MFA students. Students teach creative writing courses in their second year. All students are fully and equally funded.

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MFA in Creative Writing

Founded in 2001, West Virginia University’s MFA Program is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, along the Monongahela River. Our program offers specializations in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Workshop sizes are always small, usually capped at twelve students.In addition to taking five workshops, including one out of genre, students work one-on-one with faculty mentors in preparing their theses: a book-length work of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Students take additional courses in editing, professional writing, and literature, receive training in pedagogy, and teach composition and creative writing. Our program is home to the Cheat River Review, and we offer opportunities for outreach via the Appalachian Prison Book Project, the Bolton Writing Workshops, and partnerships with middle schools and senior citizen "lifelong learners."

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West Virginia Wesleyan College logoWest Virginia Wesleyan College

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

Students join an extraordinarily warm community every summer and winter for an intensive ten-day residency that initiates an independent semester of apprenticeship completed off-site through correspondence with a mentor. Students work with a mixture of new and returning faculty, working one-on-one with a different mentor within their discipline throughout each residency and off-campus period. Located in central Appalachia, the program welcomes and fosters writing that explores place and identity, though that emphasis is secondary to fostering excellence in all writing. Interested students may substitute a residency in Ireland for one campus residency. Faculty-student ratio never exceeds 1 to 4.

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Western State Colorado University MFA logo Western State Colorado University

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

Western’s low-residency MFA in Creative Writing focuses on writing for larger audiences: concentrations in mainstream as well as genre fiction; poetry with an emphasis in form; and screenwriting for Indies, Hollywood, and television. Residencies occur the last two weeks of July, high the Colorado Rockies.

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