Graduate-Level Writing Programs

Below are links to a selection of graduate-level creative writing programs. For answers to frequently asked questions about writing programs and the degree, see the FAQs page. For a comprehensive list of programs, buy The AWP Official Guide to Writing Programs.

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Chatham College: MFA in Creative Writing, focusing on nature, environment, and travel writing.

Columbia College Chicago: Combined degree: MFA in Creative Writing/MA in the Teaching of Writing. This program's focus is fiction, and it offers classes in science fiction and researching and writing historical fiction, among others. Columbia College Chicago also offers an MFA in Poetry.

Hollins University: A summer master's program in poetry, fiction, drama, and creative nonfiction for children.

University of Miami: MFA in Motion Pictures. Three areas of concentration: production, producing, screenwriting.

Naropa Institute: MFA in Writing and Poetics, which is part of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, co-founded by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman. The program can be done full- or part-time.

University of Nevada Las Vegas: MFA International Program with residencies abroad and a Peace Corps track.

Rainier Writing Workshop: Three- to four-year low-residency MFA at Pacific Lutheran University. Outside-experience component. Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, cross-genre, and multi-genre.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago: MFA in Writing program closely associated with MFA in Studio program. Writing students have access to studio facilities. Collaborative projects are encouraged.

Vermont College: Low-residency MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. (Also has a "regular" low-res program with tracks in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.)

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