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Graduate Creative Writing Programs

MA, MFA, PhD Writing Programs

This directory of university creative writing programs includes MFA creative writing programs, and MA and PhD creative writing  programs. It is still being updated, and we'd appreciate hearing from you if you know of programs not yet listed. Whenever possible, links lead directly to the home page for the creative writing program.

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Alabama


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Auburn University

MA in English

poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction

University of Alabama

MFA Program in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

University of Alabama at Birmingham

MA in English

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

University of North Alabama

MA in Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, technical writing, rhetoric/composition

university south alabamaUniversity of South Alabama
Stokes Center for Creative Writing

MA in English

The MA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing offers students an opportunity to develop their writing in a variety of genres (including screenwriting) and to work with the writers sponsored by the Stokes Center for Creative Writing. The Stokes Center enhances the English department’s offerings in creative writing by sponsoring readings, lectures, forums, community projects, and other events that are free and open to the public. It also supports students through its undergraduate and graduate awards in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. A number of competitive scholarships are available to augment the assistantships and tuition waivers such as summer creative writing awards for work on individual projects. For students who enroll full time, the MA in English can be completed in four semesters. Students also have the option of enrolling part time and/or completing the degree through evening coursework. Come develop your craft in a diverse and vibrant city near world-class beaches.

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Alaska


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University of Alaska Anchorage

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

University of Alaska Fairbanks

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, dramatic writing

 

 

Arizona


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Arizona State University

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Northern Arizona University

MFA in Creative Writing

poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction

University of Arizona

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry

Wilkes University–Mesa

MA or MA/MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting

 

 

Arkansas


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University of Arkansas

MFA in Creative Writing & Translation

fiction, poetry, literary translation

University of Arkansas - Monticello

MFA in Creative Writing (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.

University of Central Arkansas

Arkansas Writer's Workshop MFA

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting

 

 

California


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Antioch 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, Writing for Young People, and Literary Translation. Our distinguished instructors are all actively published writers who serve as dedicated mentors throughout the program. Scholarships are available.

Antioch University Santa Barbara

MFA in Writing & Contemporary Media (low-res)

fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting

california college artsCalifornia College of the Arts

MFA in Writing

CCA MFA students explore across genre and are nourished by the unique creative environment of our esteemed, socially conscious, 100+ year-old art school community.
Apply to join our successful community of alumni and vibrant writing community. Leslie Scalapino Award, financial aid, and teaching assistantships available.

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California College of the Arts Low-Res

MFA in Comics (low-res)

comics, graphic novels

ciis mfaCalifornia Institute of Integral Studies

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts & Writing

Our innovative Interdisciplinary Arts & Writing MFA is a 39-unit, two-year program, conducted in a unique hybrid format that includes on-campus, online learning, and optional summer intensives in Greece and the UK. Writers and artists working in wide-ranging genres and forms are in conversation with one another, while also engaging across disciplines--in classes, workshops, and arts events—in a culture of inquiry that helps them to further develop and better articulate their work.

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California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

California State University, Chico

MA in English

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

California State University, East Bay

MA in English

fiction, poetry, playwriting

California State University, Fresno

MFA Program in Creative Writing

poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction

California State University, Long Beach

MFA Creative Writing Program

fiction, poetry

California State University, Los Angeles

MA in English

fiction, poetry

California State University, Northridge

MA in English

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting

California State University, Sacramento

MA in English

fiction, poetry

Chapman University

MA in English/MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

Dominican University of California

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, narrative/poetic medicine

Loyola Marymount University

MA in English

fiction, poetry, nonfiction, playwriting

mills collegeMills College

MFA in Creative Writing;
MA in English Language and Literatures

Part of the San Francisco Bay Area’s vibrant literary community, Mills College offers innovative MFA programs in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Our graduate creative writing and literature 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 alumnae; and commitment to a vision of the literary arts as socially transformative. Our graduate creative writing and literature programs enhance your creativity and give you the tools to engage the world around you.

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mount saint marys universityMount Saint Mary's University

MFA in Creative Writing

The MFA in Creative Writing at Mount Saint Mary's University is an artist-training program for students who want to write professionally across multiple genres. Class sessions meet every other weekend at the Doheny Campus in Downtown Los Angeles, making it ideal for busy working professionals. The program offers bilingual Spanish/English courses and integrates the humanities into the course of study, reflecting a commitment to intellectual rigor and liberal arts as the cornerstone of human understanding. Faculty also place a premium on helping students into their professional careers through continued mentoring and preparing them for the publication market.

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national university mfaNational 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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Otis College of Art and Design

MFA in Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Pepperdine University

MFA in Writing for Screen & Television

screenwriting

Saint Mary's College of California

MFA in Creative Writing

creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry

San Diego State University

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

San Francisco State University

MA in English, MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting

San Jose State University

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting

Sonoma State University

MA in English

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

University of California Davis

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, cross-genre

University of California Irvine

MFA Program in Writing

fiction, poetry

University of California Riverside

MFA in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting

university california riversideUniversity of California Riverside – Palm Desert Center

MFA 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 California San Diego

MFA in Writing

fiction, poetry, cross-genre

university san franciscoUniversity of San Francisco

MFA in Writing Program

Our 2 1/2-year program offers students a personalized learning experience with access to San Francisco’s vital literary community. Students focus on fiction (including the novel), poetry, or nonfiction and may cross genres. In small workshops and seminars students work closely with award-winning writers. Thesis instruction provides one-on-one mentoring with faculty for two semesters. The Reading Series brings acclaimed writers to campus. Students have the opportunity to gain professional development and to work on our journal Switchback. Merit fellowships, including a fully-funded biannual poetry fellowship, teaching assistantships, and post-graduate teaching fellowships are offered.

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University of Southern California

PhD in Creative Writing & Literature

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting

 

 

Colorado


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Colorado State University

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Naropa University

Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics
MFA in Writing & Poetics
; MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

fiction, poetry

regis universityRegis University

Mile-High MFA

Regis' Mile-High MFA, is a low-residency program that lets you stay at your job and close to your family, but pushes you to make time for writing. You'll leave the program with a manuscript ready to submit to publishers, along with an action plan for putting your writing into practice in the world.

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University of Colorado Boulder

MFA in Creative Writing
PhD in Intermedia Art, Writing, & Performance

fiction, poetry

University of Denver

PhD in English—Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

Western Colorado University

MA/MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry, screenwriting

 

 

Connecticut


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Albertus Magnus College

MFA in Writing (low-res)

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

fairfield universityFairfield University

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

Before you write your story, you have to find your voice. As a student in Fairfield’s MFA in Creative Writing, you can pursue fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and scriptwriting/playwriting. Within these genres you can pursue concentrations in publishing/editing, spiritual writing, or literary health and healing.

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Southern Connecticut State University

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

Western Connecticut State University

MFA in Creative & Professional Writing (low-res)

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, technical writing

Yale University

MFA in Playwriting

playwriting

 

 

Washington DC


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American University

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs

MA in Writing (part-time)

fiction, nonfiction

 

 

Delware


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Contact NewPages if you know of any universities or colleges offering graduate creative writing programs in Delaware.

 

 

 

Florida


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florida atlantic university mfaFlorida Atlantic University

MFA in Creative Writing

The MFA at FAU is a three-year, fully-funded program in the heart of sunny South Florida. Students in the programs are encouraged to experiment, take risks, and explore the boundaries between genres. In addition to classes in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, students take courses in translation, book arts, creative writing pedagogy, and more from our award-winning faculty. Other opportunities include: teaching creative writing in the community, for-credit internships, summer travel and research money, working on our two literary journals, mentoring undergraduate creative writing students, and working with a wide variety of visiting writers. GTA positions are available.

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Florida International University

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screenwriting

Florida State University

Creative Writing Program :: MFA, PhD

playwriting, screenwriting

saint leo univeristySaint Leo University

MA in Creative Writing (low-res)

Saint Leo University’s Master of Arts in Creative Writing gives aspiring fiction writers, essayists, memoirists, and poets the tools to begin a new phase of their creative life as a professional writer. Designed to be completed in just two calendar years, the 36-hour master’s degree is a low-residency program that requires three summer residencies, four semesters of study, and a book-length thesis of the student’s creative work. We offer tracks of study in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, and we are the only graduate creative writing program to offer an optional track of study in war literature and writing by and for veterans.

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Stetson University

MFA of the Americas (low-res)

fiction, poetry

University of Central Florida

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction

University of Florida

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

University of Miami

MFA in Fiction & Poetry

fiction, poetry

University of South Florida

MFA in Creative Writing Program

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

university of tampaUniversity of Tampa

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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University of West Florida

MA in English

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

 

 

Georgia


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Georgia College & State University MFA in Creative Writing logoGeorgia College & State University

MFA in Creative Writing

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is a fully-funded program that offers workshops with award-winning faculty in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry; students may write their thesis in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. We encourage students to work in other genres and require our students to take at least one workshop in a genre other than their thesis genre. In addition to workshops, students take creative writing seminars in Poetry & Poetics or Prose Forms, pedagogy classes on the teaching of writing, journal design, and courses on literature and special topics.

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Georgia State University

MA in English, MFA in Creative Writing, PhD in English

fiction, poetry

Kennesaw State University

MA in Professional Writing

fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, applied writing, composition & rhetoric

Reinhardt University

Etowah Valley MFA

poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, scriptwriting

Savannah College of Art and Design

MFA in Writing (res/online)

creative nonfiction

University of Georgia

Low-Residency MFA in Narrative Media Writing; PhD in English

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting

 

 

Hawaii


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University of Hawaii at Manoa

MA or PhD in English

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

 

 

Idaho


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Boise State University

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

university of idahoUniversity of Idaho

MFA 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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Illinois


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Bradley University

MA in English

creative nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, fiction

Chicago State University

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry

Columbia College Chicago

Creative Writing BA, BFA, MFA

Columbia College Chicago offers graduate study in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry with internationally renowned faculty and distinguished writers-in-residence, along with teaching instructorships, editorial opportunities, a diverse reading series, a thriving literary community, and small classes.

depaul universityDePaul University

MA in Writing and Publishing

This unique program combines intensive, craft-focused creative writing workshops with elective courses and internships in publishing, pedagogy, literature, and language. The flexible curriculum encourages students to explore more than one genre, and our course offerings include fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, and multi-genre workshops.

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Eastern Illinois University

MA in English

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting

Illinois State University

MA in English, PhD in English Studies

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Northwestern University School of Communication

MFA in Writing for the Screen & Stage

playwriting, screenwriting

northwestern universityNorthwestern University School of Professional Studies

MA or MFA in Creative Writing (part-time)

The part-time MA/MFA in Creative Writing program offers flexible scheduling (all courses are in the evening) and flexible progress toward completion of the degree. Pursue your writing goals while in balance with your personal and professional life. Develop your writing at your own pace through peer workshops, courses in literature, elective courses in reading as a writer, a practicum in how to teach creative writing, and editorial work on TriQuarterly, the university's renowned literary journal (triquarterly.org) and in publishing internships. This program combines the virtues of both residency and low-residency programs, allowing students to keep their full-time jobs and have year-round access to faculty. Classes are offered in Evanston and in downtown Chicago.

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northwestern university weinberg collegeNorthwestern University Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Litowitz Creative Writing Graduate Program, MFA+MA

This new and distinctive program offers intimate classes; the opportunity to pursue both creative and critical writing; close mentorship by renowned faculty in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction; and three fully supported years in which to grow as writers and complete a book-length creative project. Our curriculum gives students time to deepen both their creative writing and their study of literature. Students will receive full financial support for three academic years and two summers. Both degrees—the MFA in Creative Writing and the MA in English—are awarded simultaneously at graduation.

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Roosevelt University

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting

saicSchool 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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Southern Illinois University Carbondale

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

University of Chicago

MA Program in the Humanities

fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction

University of Illinois at Chicago

MA in English, PhD in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

 

 

Indiana


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ball state universityBall State University

MA in Creative Writing

Our program is a flexible, innovative, two-year program that encourages cross-genre study through graduate workshops and culminates in a creative project. Our graduate assistantships provide valuable teaching experience and training. Our graduates go on to highly regarded MFA and PhD programs and careers in marketing, publishing, editing, and freelance writing. We’ve also had students publish collections with presses such as Dancing Girl and Ravenna and in journals such as AGNI, Callaloo, CALYX, and Mid-American Review. Faculty expertise includes: creative writing pedagogy, flash fiction, memoir and essays, screenwriting, eco-poetry, hybrid forms, mixed media and digital media, and literary editing and publishing.

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butler universityButler 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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Indiana State University

MA in English

fiction, poetry

Indiana University Bloomington

MFA in Fiction & Poetry

fiction, poetry

Indiana University South Bend

MA in English with Creative Writing Concentration

fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting

Purdue University

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

University of Notre Dame

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

 

 

Iowa


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Iowa State University

MFA in Creative Writing and Environment

poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting

The University of Iowa

Writers' Workshop; Nonfiction Writing Program

fiction, poetry, nonfiction

The University of Iowa Theatre Arts

The Iowa Playwrights Workshop :: MFA

playwriting

University of Northern Iowa

MA in English

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

 

 

Kansas


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Emporia State University

MA in English

fiction, poetry

Kansas State University

MA in Creative Writing and Literature

poetry, fiction, nonfiction

Pittsburg State University

MA in English Creative Writing Emphasis

fiction, poetry

University of Kansas

Graduate Program in Creative Writing :: MFA, PhD

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting

Wichita State University

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

 

 

Kentucky


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eastern kentucky universityEastern Kentucky University

Bluegrass Writers Studio

A low-residency program, Bluegrass Writers Studio features live, online workshops. Students become part of a vibrant writing community. In addition to literature courses like Forms of Poetry, Short Story Masters, The Literature of War, and Writing Across Genres, students have the opportunity to gain editing experience working on the nationally-distributed Jelly Bucket. Every July, students attend a domestic residency in Richmond, KY or an international residency in Lisbon, Portugal where they meet and work with award-winning writers, agents, editors, and other professionals. The program culminates with a book-length thesis that candidates complete under the direction of a core faculty member.

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Morehead State University

MA in English (online)

fiction, poetry

Northern Kentucky University

MA in English

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

spalding mfaSpalding University School of Creative & Professional Writing

MFA in Writing (low-res), MA in Writing (low-res)

Spalding’s affordable, nationally distinguished MFA and new MA in Writing are committed to excellence in a noncompetitive, supportive atmosphere. Students explore across genres, examine the interrelatedness of the arts, engage with the downtown arts scene, stay in a four-star hotel, and study with prize-winning faculty while gaining editorial experience and developing a close-knit literary community and lifelong writing habits. Students choose their own independent-study pace and may opt to travel abroad. All students write prolifically and receive extensive faculty feedback. Selective admissions. Students may matriculate from MAW to MFA, earning two master’s degrees for about the cost of one.

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university kentucky mfaUniversity of Kentucky

MFA in Creative Writing

Situated in historic Lexington and surrounded by the awesomeness of thoroughbred horse farms and bourbon distilleries, the University enjoys a rich literary heritage dating back to 1947, when Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist A.B. Guthrie first offered courses in fiction. Graduates of the English Department include Bobbie Ann Mason, Rebecca Gayle Howell, Wendell Berry, Kayla Rae Whitaker, Patrick O’Keefe, Holly Goddard Jones, and James Baker Hall. The UK MFA Program in Creative Writing is the proud home of Erik Reece's Ekphrastic Craft class, the Creating Writing Residency at the Mill House, New Limestone Review, and eight fully funded TAships.

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University of Louisville

MA in Creative Writing

poetry, fiction, playwriting, creative nonfiction

Western Kentucky University

MFA Program in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting

 

 

Louisiana


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Louisiana State University

MFA Program in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting

McNeese State University

Low-Residency MA in Creative Writing
MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

Southeastern Louisiana University

MA in English

fiction, poetry, professional writing

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Creative Writing Program :: MA, PhD

fiction, poetry, nonfiction, playwriting

University of New Orleans

Creative Writing Workshop (res)
Creative Writing Workshop — Low Residency MFA

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting

 

 

Maine


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University of Maine at Orono

MA in English

fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry

University of Southern Maine

Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

 

 

Maryland


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Goucher College

MFA in Creative Nonfiction (low-res)

creative nonfiction

Johns Hopkins University

The Writing Seminars MFA in Fiction and Poetry

fiction, poetry

Morgan State University

English Program :: MA, PhD

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting

Towson University

MS in Professional Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, technical writing, journalism, scientific writing

University of Baltimore

MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

University of Maryland

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

 

 

Massachusetts


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Bay Path University

MFA in Creative Nonfiction (online)

creative nonfiction

Boston University

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

Bridgewater State University

MA in English

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Emerson College

MFA in Creative Writing
MFA in Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing (online)
MA in Writing and Publishing

fiction, popular fiction, nonfiction, poetry, publishing

lesley universityLesley 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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Pine Manor College

Solstice MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

Located five miles from downtown Boston, the Solstice MFA Program helps our diverse student body reach their full potential as writers in a learning environment that fosters community and celebrates the individual. We offer concentrations in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, comics & graphic narratives, and writing for children & young adults. We encourage cross-genre study and offer an applied track in pedagogy for those who hope to teach at the college level.

University of Massachusetts - Amherst

MFA for Poets and Writers

fiction, poetry

University of Massachusetts - Boston

MA in English; MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

Western New England University

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

fiction

 

 

Michigan


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Central Michigan University

MA in English

fiction, poetry

eastern michigan university mfaEastern Michigan University

MA in Creative Writing

The MA Program in Creative Writing at EMU promotes innovation, experimentation, and collaboration across artistic fields and cultural practices. Distinguished as one of the only interdisciplinary programs for creative writing in the country, we provide a rich space for exploring the relationships between poetry and poetics, experimental prose, cultural translation, community service, pedagogy, and contemporary arts.

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northern michigan universityNorthern Michigan University

MFA in Creative Writing, MA in 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 non fiction,as well as a two-year MA in writing, literature, pedagogy, or theater. Teaching assistantships are available, as well as travel opportunities, field writing residencies in the beautiful Upper Peninsula wilderness, 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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University of Michigan

Helen Zell Writers’ Program

fiction, poetry

Wayne State University

MA in English with Emphasis in Creative Writing

poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting

Western Michigan University

Creative Writing Program :: MFA, PhD

poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting

 

 

Minnesota


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Augsburg University

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, translation, teaching, publishing

Concordia University, St. Paul

MFA in Creative Writing (online)

poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction

Hamline University

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

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, writing for children, writing for young adults

Minnesota State University Mankato

MFA Writing

fiction, poetry

St. Cloud State University

MA in English

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

University of Minnesota

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

University of St. Thomas

MA in Creative Writing & Publishing

poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction

 

 

 

Mississippi


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Mississippi State University

MA in English

fiction, poetry

mississippi university for women mfaMississippi University for Women

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

Mississippi University for Women’s Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing aims to be flexible, personal, professional, and affordable. Students take online classes, including Graduate Writing Workshops in Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Playwriting, Translation, and Writing for New Media, as well as Literature and Forms classes. With internships and two types of residencies, the program offers small classes, flexible full-time and part-time scheduling, professional development, and low in-state tuition with waivers of non-resident fees for all students in the program. Mississippi University for Women is an equal opportunity, co-educational institution with a diverse student body, located in historic Columbus, Mississippi.

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University of Mississippi

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, eco-writing

University of Southern Mississippi

Center for Writers :: MA, PhD

fiction, poetry

 

 

Missouri


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Lindenwood University

MFA in Writing Program (online or in-class)

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting

Missouri State University

MA in English

fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, poetry

southeast missouri state universitySoutheast Missouri State University

MA in English: Professional Writing

Southeast's Masters in Professional Writing helps students to explore different types of professional writing, to further develop their writing skills, and to perfect their critical abilities, including the determination of effective styles and presentations for texts. Professional Writing includes composition, technical writing, new media, editing, and creative writing. The option allows students to learn in depth about writing theories, rhetorical theory, creative writing and its strategies, and technical production of text in print and online. Entering students should be computer-literate and able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

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Stephens College

MFA in TV and Screenwriting (low-res)

screenwriting

University of Missouri

Creative Writing Program :: MA, PhD

fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, poetry

University of Missouri - Kansas City

MFA in Creative Writing and Media Arts

fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, poetry, screenwriting

University of Missouri - St. Louis

MFA in Fiction and Poetry

fiction, poetry

washington university st louisWashington University in 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, nonfiction, 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 six 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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Montana


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University of Montana

MFA Program in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

 

 

Nebraska


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Creighton University

MA in English, MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry, screenwriting

University of Nebraska, Kearney

MA in English

fiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting

University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Creative Writing Program :: MA, PhD

poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction

University of Nebraska, Omaha

MFA in Writing (low-res)

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, writing for young adults

 

 

Nevada


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Sierra Nevada College

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, writing for children, writing for young adults

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Creative Writing Program :: MFA, PhD

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

University of Nevada, Reno

MA in English; MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

 

 

New Hampshire


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New England College

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, dual genre

Southern New Hampshire University

Mountainview MFA in Fiction or Nonfiction (low-res)
MA in English & Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction

university new hampshireUniversity of New Hampshire

MFA in Writing Program

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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New Jersey


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fairleigh dickinsonFairleigh Dickinson University

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

The MFA program at Fairleigh Dickinson University provides students the opportunity to work closely with award-winning, acclaimed faculty writers in small classes (usually 4-6 students) that provide rigorous and individualized attention. At residencies, faculty and students dine together, attend readings and lectures, and socialize. Our curriculum supports every writer's unique creative exploration, with a highly customized reading list and a guided study of craft.

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Kean University

MA in English Writing Studies

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Monmouth University

MA/MFA in Creative of Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, genre writing

Rowan University

MA in Writing

creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, journalism

Rutgers University - Camden

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

Rutgers University - Newark

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

William Paterson University

MFA in Creative & Professional Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

 

 

New Mexico


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Institute of American Indian Arts

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting

New Mexico Highlands University

MA in English

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

New Mexico State University

MA in English: Emphasis in Creative Writing, MFA in Creative Writing

poetry, fiction

University of New Mexico

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction

 

 

New York


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Adelphi University

MFA in Creative Writing Program

poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction

Bard College

Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts
MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

fiction, poetry

Binghamton University - SUNY

Creative Writing Program :: MA, PhD

poetry, fiction, nonfiction, writing for children

Brooklyn College - CUNY

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry, playwriting

City College of New York - CUNY

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting

The College at Brockport - SUNY

MA in English, Creative Writing Concentration

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

The College of New Rochelle

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction

columbia universityColumbia 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 its illustrious alumni, artistic diversity and outstanding faculty of acclaimed writers and editors. The rigorous approach to literary instruction requires 60 credits over 2 or more years of study. Extracurricular programming includes the Creative Writing Lecture Series, Nonfiction Dialogues, a poetry reading series, 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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Cornell University

Creative Writing Program in English Language and Literature :: MFA, PhD

fiction, poetry

hofstra univeristy mfaHofstra University

MFA in Creative Writing

The MFA in creative writing features an exciting curriculum in literature classes and creative writing workshops, as well as genre-related courses in craft. In addition to concentrations in fiction, poetry, playwriting, and creative nonfiction, Hofstra offers an MFA in Creative Writing for Writers of Spanish, which draws on the talents and experiences of faculty from the departments of English and Romance Languages and Literatures. The program is the first of its kind on Long Island and the second in the New York metropolitan area. Our program offers graduate teaching fellowships and partial scholarships to our full- and part-time students. Mentoring is an important aspect of our program, and students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty not only on their writing, but through our teaching fellowship program, which pairs students with faculty mentors. Our campus is located just 25 miles east of NYC, one of the most culturally enriched resources for anyone interested in the arts.

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Hunter College - CUNY

MFA Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Ithaca College

Image Text MFA (low-res)

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography

Lehman College - CUNY

MA in English

fiction, poetry, professional writing

Long Island University - Brooklyn

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting

manhattanville collegeManhattanville College

MFA in Creative Writing

Our unique, non-tracking curriculum allows students 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. Manhattanville's campus provides a lush, quiet home and literary community to writers just 30 minutes from New York City. The program can be completed part-time, and evening and weekend courses are offered.

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The New School

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, writing for children, writing for young adults

new york university mfaNew York University

The NYU 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.

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new york university mfaNew York University (low-res)

Low-Residency MFA Writers Workshop in Paris

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).

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Pratt Institute

MFA in Writing

fiction, poetry, journalism, translation, image/text

Queens College - CUNY

MFA Creative Writing and Literary Translation

poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, literary translation

Sarah Lawrence College

MFA in Writing

fiction, speculative fiction, poetry, nonfiction, screenwriting

st francis mfaSt. Francis College

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

St. Francis College is proud to offer the ONLY low-residency creative writing graduate program in NYC! Our location means we bring the publishing industry to our students, running daily roundtables and panel discussions with top agents, editors, and publishers (previous speakers included Barnes & Noble, Buzzfeed Books, Amazon Books, and more). Our 6-to-1 student to faculty ratio offers an intimate, focused environment for aspiring writers to flourish in our downtown Brooklyn community. Unlike traditional MFA programs that demand a full-time commitment, our low-residency model represents the working life of the overwhelming majority of writers. Come join our loyal community! #WriteforChange

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St. Joseph's College Brooklyn

The Writer's Foundry MFA

fiction, nonfiction

stony brook southampton mfaStony Brook Southampton

MFA in Creative Writing and 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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Syracuse University

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

University at Albany - SUNY

Writing Practices: Poetics, Rhetorics, Technologies :: PhD

poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, hypertext

University at Buffalo - SUNY

Certificate in Innovative Writing

fiction, poetry

 

 

North Carolina


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East Carolina University

MA in English

poetry, fiction, screenwriting, playwriting, creative nonfiction

North Carolina State University

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

Queens University of Charlotte

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for stage & screen

north carolina greensboroUniversity of North Carolina at 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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uncw mfaUniversity of North Carolina Wilmington

MFA in Creative Writing

Our MFA program is an intensive, three-year studio-academic experience in the writing of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. It 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 here. Our invitation to successful candidates to join us should be regarded as an equal privilege. We do all we can to encourage a supportive community and to mentor our students toward successful lives as writers.

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Warren Wilson College

MFA Program for Writers (low-res)

fiction, poetry

Western Carolina University

MA in English

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, professional writing

 

 

North Dakota


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University of North Dakota

MA/PhD in English

fiction, poetry

 

 

Ohio


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Ashland University

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, cross-genre

Bowling Green State University

MFA in Creative Writing

poetry, fiction

John Carroll University

MA in English

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Miami University

MFA in Creative Writing

creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, screenwriting, multimedia & performance writing

Miami University

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts (NEOMFA)

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting

The Ohio State University

MFA Program in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Ohio University

Creative Writing Program :: MA, PhD

poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction

University of Cincinnati

Creative Writing Program :: MA, PhD

fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction

 

 

Oklahoma


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Oklahoma City University

The Red Earth MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

The Red Earth Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing @ Oklahoma City University offers you the opportunity pursue your writing without sacrificing your life. Our program connects you with experienced creative and professional writers who will nurture your creative talent in workshops and individual instruction. We also offer skills-courses to enrich your writing career: Writing Pedagogy, Professional Writing, and Literary Magazine Editing & Production. 10-day residencies, twice a year. Four semesters you complete at home.

Oklahoma State University

MFA in Creative Writing, PhD in English with Creative Writing Concentration

fiction, poetry

University of Central Oklahoma

MA in English

fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction

University of Oklahoma

MA in English 

fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction

 

 

Oregon


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eastern oregon universityEastern Oregon University

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

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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Oregon State University

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction

Oregon State University - Cascades

Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction

Pacific Northwest College of Art

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

prose, poetry, cross-genre, literary translation

Pacific University

MFA in Writing (low-res)

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Portland State University

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

University of Oregon

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

 

 

Pennsylvania


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arcadia university mfaArcadia 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 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Students each produce a complete manuscript for their thesis, as well as a plan to publish it.

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Carlow University

Creative Writing MFA (low-res)

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

cedar crest college logoCedar Crest College

Pan-European MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

With 15-day summer residencies held exclusively in European cities—Dublin, Barcelona, Vienna—the Cedar Crest College low-residency MFA in Creative Writing offers writers the inspiration of place as they hone their craft with accomplished faculty mentors. The study of how location leads to artistic inspiration complements our workshops and one-on-one tutorials grounded in shaping the written word. Our students join an international community of authors with study in fiction, nonfiction, or poetic genres.

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Chatham University

MFA in Creative Writing (res/low-res)

poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, writing for children

DeSales University

MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing (low-res)

fiction, poetry, narrative nonfiction

Point Park University

MFA in Screenwriting and Playwriting (low-res)

playwriting, screenwriting

rosemont collegeRosemont 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. Rosemont College also offers a unique Double Degree program where students can earn both an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Publishing.

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Saint Joseph's University

Writing Studies MA

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, writing for children, playwriting

seton hill universitySeton Hill University

MFA in Writing Popular Fiction (low-res)

Seton Hill’s unique online-supported residency program 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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Temple University

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

University of Pittsburgh

Writing Program :: MFA

fiction, poetry

West Chester University

MA in English

fiction, poetry, nonfiction

Wilkes University

MA/MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting

Wilson College

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

poetry, playwriting

 

 

Rhode Island


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Brown University

The Literary Arts MFA Program

fiction, poetry

Rhode Island College

MA in English

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Salve Regina University

The NewPort MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

University of Rhode Island

PhD in English

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting

 

 

South Carolina


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Coastal Carolina University

MA in Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

College of Charleston

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

converse college mfaConverse 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, young adult 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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University of South Carolina

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

 

 

South Dakota


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University of South Dakota

MA/PhD in English

poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, publishing

 

 

Tennessee


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Austin Peay State University

MA in English

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Belmont University

MA in English

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Sewanee School of Letters

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting

The University of Memphis

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

MA in English

fiction, poetry

The University of Tennessee - Knoxville

MFA in Creative Writing, PhD in English

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

vanderbilt universityVanderbilt University

MFA in Creative Writing

The M.F.A. at Vanderbilt is a three-year program requiring four semesters of graduate work in writing workshops and seminars. Students enroll in a workshop and two seminars during each of their first three semesters. During the spring semester of their second year, they work intensively on a creative thesis. The thesis is a substantial piece of creative writing: a novel, a collection of short stories, or a collection of poems. During their third year, students work to refine their theses and deepen their writing along a more independent course of study. In addition, students are assigned part-time responsibilities within the department, such as teaching, tutoring, or other creative writing-related activities.

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Texas


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Abilene Christian University

MA in English

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Baylor University

MA in English

fiction, poetry

Our Lady of the Lake University

MA-MFA in Literature, Creative Writing, and Social Justice

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting

Sam Houston State University

MFA in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing

fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry

Stephen F. Austin State University

MA in English

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Texas State University

MFA Program in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

texas tech universityTexas Tech University

MA/PhD in English/Creative Writing

Our MA and PhD programs in English with emphasis in creative writing offer students with exceptional ability and potential the chance to concentrate on their art and the rigorous academic study of literature. This powerful combination opens doors for many academic opportunities not available to typical MFA graduates.

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University of Houston

Creative Writing Program :: MFA, PhD

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

University of Houston - Victoria

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res/online)

fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry

University of North Texas

MA in Creative Writing, PhD in English

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

University of Texas at Austin

New Writers' Project
MFA in English

fiction, poetry

University of Texas at Austin

Michener Center for Writers
MFA in Writing

fiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting

University of Texas at Dallas

MA/PhD in Arts and Humanities

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting

University of Texas at El Paso

MFA in Creative Writing (res/online)

fiction, poetry, nonfiction, screenwriting, literary translation

University of Texas at San Antonio

Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing

poetry, fiction

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, translation

 

 

Utah


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Brigham Young University

Creative Writing MFA

poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction

University of Utah

Creative Writing Program :: MFA, PhD

fiction, poetry

Utah State University

MA/MS in English

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Weber State University

MA in English

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

 

 

Vermont


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Bennington College

MFA in Writing (low-res)

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

goddard collegeGoddard 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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VCFA logoVermont College of Fine Arts

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

Vermont College of Fine Arts is home to three MFA programs in writing: the Master of Fine Arts in Writing, Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children & Young Adults, and Master of Fine Arts in Writing & Publishing. These programs are designed for students with a serious interest in deepening their craft and developing professional skills in writing. VCFA’s internationally acclaimed writing faculty are also committed and passionate teachers and mentors.

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Virginia


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George Mason University

MFA in Creative Writing

poetry, fiction, nonfiction

hollins university mfaHollins University

Jackson Center for 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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Old Dominion University

Creative Writing MFA

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Randolph College

MFA in Creative Writing (low-res) 

poetry, fiction, nonfiction

University of Virginia

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

Virginia Commonwealth University

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry, dual genre (including creative nonfiction)

Virginia Tech

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

 

 

Washington


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Central Washington University

MA Professional & Creative Writing (online)

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Eastern Washington University
MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Pacific Lutheran University

Rainier Writing Workshop :: MFA (low-res)

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

seattle pacific universitySeattle 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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University of Washington

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

University of Washington - Bothell

MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Western Washington University

MA in English Studies, MFA in Creative Writing Program

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

 

 

West Virginia


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West Virginia University

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction,  poetry

west virginia wesleyan collegeWest Virginia Wesleyan College

Low-Residency MFA

Write in the heart of Appalachia. Students in Wesleyan’s two-year low-residency program join an extraordinarily warm community every summer and winter residency for ten days before launching into a semester of student-centered apprenticeship in fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Program highlights: uncommonly affordable; 1 to 4 faculty-student ratio; option of spending one residency in Ireland; secondary-genre concentration available; postgraduate teaching fellowship awarded to one alum each year; opportunity to explore place and identity in writing.

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Wisconsin


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Mount Mary University

MA in English

fiction, poetry

University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire

MA English: Writing

fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry

University of Wisconsin at Madison

MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

Creative Writing Program :: MA, PhD

fiction, poetry

 

 

Wyoming


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University of Wyoming

MFA in Creative Writing

poetry, fiction, nonfiction, cross-genre

 

 

Canada


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Concordia University

MA in English

fiction, poetry, playwriting

University of Alberta

Studies in English Language and Literature

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

University of British Columbia - Okanagan

MFA Visual Arts & Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, visual arts, media arts, performance arts

University of British Columbia - Vancouver

MFA in Creative Writing, Optional-Residency MFA Program

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

University of Calgary

MA, PhD with Concentration in Creative Writing

poetry, fiction

University of Guelph

MFA in Creative Writing

creative nonfiction, playwriting, fiction, poetry

University of King's College

MFA in Creative Nonfiction (low-res)

creative nonfiction

university new brunswickUniversity of New Brunswick

MA or PhD in Creative Writing (English)

The Department of English at UNB offers six graduate programs, including a PhD and MA in English with a focus on creative writing. Full-time students in all programs are eligible to be considered for funding from the UNB Faculty of Arts, which distributes funding on a competitive basis to the faculty's graduate students, and for funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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University of Saskatchewan

MFA in Writing

poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting

University of Toronto

MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting

University of Victoria

Graduate Writing Program MFA

fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, film, poetry

University of Windsor

MA in English

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

 

 

International


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Bar-Ilan University (Israel)

Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Track in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Bath Spa University (England)

MA in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Cardiff University (Wales)

MA in Creative Writing
PhD in Creative & Critical Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting

University College Dublin (Ireland)

MA in Creative Writing, MFA in Creative Writing, PhD in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

University of Edinburgh (Scotland)

MSc in Creative Writing

fiction, poetry

University of Lincoln (England)

MA in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting

University of St. Andrews (Scotland)

MLitt in Creative Writing, MFA in Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting

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