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Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Contact Information:

5245 Pacific Concourse Drive, Suite 100

Los Angeles, CA 90045


Program director: Frank Montesonti

Program contact: Frank Montesonti

Phone: (310) 662-2159


Program Information:

Degrees offered: MFA

Type of program: online

Length of program: 20 months (min)

Genres: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screenwriting

Total credits required: 58.5

Application deadlines: Rolling admissions—no deadlines

Scholarships available: yes (see website)

Assistantships: no

Core faculty: Frank Montesonti, Amina Cain, Colin Dickey, Michael Zimmer

Visiting faculty: Amanda Ackerman, Peter Bricklebank, Brandi Megan Granett, Sheyene Foster Heller, Howard V. Hendrix, Bryan Hurt, Marci Rae Johnson, Helen Kantor, Erin Keane, Cheryl Klein, Kristi Maxwell, Thomas Pendleton, Seth Sherwood, Carolyn Turgeon, David Womack

Publishing/editing courses: no

Literary magazine: The GNU

Reading series: no

Program description: The National University MFA program is a completely online program with no residency requirements. Students may focus in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or screenwriting. We recognize that many students cannot attend even a low-residency MFA because of the residency requirements. Our MFA program allows students to have the workshop experience at home, guided by published, experienced faculty. The courses are conducted in electronic classrooms and are asynchronous, so you don’t have to be in the classroom at any certain time of day. We are friendly to genre fiction of literary merit and fiction for young adults. Our workshops are accelerated eight-week courses, and students take only one course at a time. Students may also take elective courses from the extensive course selections of our MA in English Literature program.

One of the main benefits of our program is the diversity of our student body. Our student population is mainly working adults—scientists, doctors, teachers, homemakers. We have had students from nearly every state in the Union represented in the program and even American citizens living overseas and active military. Diverse as they are, the thing all our students share is their love of literature and their desire to pursue their creative writing projects. We believe that such a diversity of experience leads to great writing and exciting discussions in workshop.

Our admissions are “rolling,” which means that you can apply to and begin the program at any time of year. For further information on application requirements, please see the FAQ on our website or email program lead faculty, Frank Montesonti.


last updated 9/18/2014