Program Overview

What to Expect in the MFA in Creative Writing Program

The MFA in Creative Writing program offers degree tracks in one primary genre:

  • Poetry
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Fiction (literary fiction & science fiction/fantasy tracks)

Cross-genre options also are available if you’re interested in more than one genre.

This program is offered in a low-residency format based on the mentorships that informed the development of many accomplished writers prior to the establishment of traditional, residential MFA programs.

The format of this low-residency program includes:

  • Intensive two-week residencies each summer for three years
  • Four online semesters of workshop
  • Individualized mentorship from established writers
  • Ongoing, rigorous discussions of contemporary literature

Learn more about the MFA in Creative Writing program.

Program Benefits

As a student in the MFA program in Creative Writing, you’ll:

  • Connect with and learn from distinguished writers
  • Develop writing skills and relationships that will last a lifetime
  • Build a basis in reading for a lifetime of writing
  • Create and revise original work in your chosen genre
  • Complete a book-length manuscript
  • Deepen your ability to critically assess contemporary literature
  • Re-energize your commitment to the literary arts
  • Form a strong writing community, especially through the Summer Residency
  • Have the opportunity to work with a faculty mentor and peers abroad via the Residency in Paris
  • Have the opportunity to build publishing experience as an editor for the Black Fork Review and/or via a Graduate Publishing Assistantship