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Antioch University Los Angeles

MFA in Creative Writing

Contact Information:

400 Corporate Pointe

Culver City, CA 90230


Program director: Steve Heller, MFA, EdD

Phone: (310) 578-1080


Program Information:

Degrees offered: MFA

Type of program: low-residency

Length of program: 2 years (4 semesters, 5 residencies)

Genres: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, young adult, mixed genre, dual genre

Enrollment: 150

Total credits required: 48 semester credits

Application deadlines: February 15, August 15

Scholarships available: yes (see website)

Assistantships: no

Core faculty: Steve Heller, Jenny Factor, Bernadette Murphy

Associate Faculty: Dodie Bellamy, Francesca Lia Block, Gayle Brandeis, Jim Daniels, Tananarive Due, Hope Edelman, Richard Garcia, Christine Hale, Jim Krusoe, Alistair McCartney, Carol Potter, Sharman Apt Russell, Erin Aubrey Kaplan, Alma Villanueva, Terry Wolverton

Publishing/editing courses: yes (see website)

Literary magazine: Lunch Ticket

Recent visiting writers: Mary Gordon, Rick Moody, Lin Oliver, Natasha Tretheway, Tobias Wolf

Program description: 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.

AULA 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.

Some MFA programs are designed to help aspiring writers complete a manuscript and find a publisher. The goals of Antioch University’s program are much broader. Our MFA in Creative Writing graduates will demonstrate:

  • Mastery of creative writing skills in at least one of the following genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, or Writing for Young People.
  • Critical reading, writing, and thinking skills required of a literary artist. 
  • Knowledge of ethical dilemmas and social values of the literary arts. 
  • Readiness to assume the working life of a professional writer, whether in academia, commercial, or independent publishing, or within one’s community.