MFA in Creative Writing

The Creative Writing MFA brings together nationally recognized authors and a diverse, carefully selected group of students in one of the most culturally rich cities in the country. Graduates of the program have gone on to publish books, win awards, and teach in universities around the country.Students work in small groups with faculty to study fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or a mix of all three. Students may also have opportunities to teach creative writing locally and abroad.

In addition to their coursework, MFA students help run the River City Writers Series, one of the oldest and most prestigious series of its kind. They also staff The Pinch, an award-winning literary journal distributed nationally twice a year.

Learn More:
Creative Writing FAQ
MFA Thesis Page
Graduate Catalog


What Do Our Graduates Have to Say?
"The program helped me understand the process of being an active writer: setting my own writing schedule, sending out submissions, and being an active part of the literary community. As a result, I've been published in around thirty different journals and served as the inaugural Artist in Residence at the Brooks Museum."
- Jonathan May, MFA
"Six of the ten stories included in my thesis have either been published or are under contract by journals. The collection is under contract with Unsolicited Press and is scheduled for release in November 2017 . . . I have taken a position at Fayetteville 500 Internal Server Error

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and Composition. I am a co-advisor for Sigma Kappa Delta, the English honors society, and Managing Editor for Unbound, an award winning literary arts journal."
- Doug Haines, MFA


Creative Writing Coordinator:
Marcus Wicker


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