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The MFA in Writing is a three-year degree providing students with the time and opportunity to produce a book-length final manuscript. Our graduate writing faculty have distinguished nationally and internationally through numerous publications and awards. They include poets Yona Harvey, Diana Khoi Nguyen, and Dawn Lundy Martin; fiction writers Angie Cruz, William Lychack, and Irina Reyn; and, in nonfiction, Jeanne Marie Laskas, Michael Meyer, and Peter Trachtenberg, with Erin Anderson teaching digital narrative. 

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How to Apply

Ready to apply? Visit the Department of English's main graduate program page for more information. 

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In addition to travel and research funding, the Writing Program offers teaching assistantships, as well as the K. Lefoy Irvis Fellowships. Learn more. 

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Learn more about recently offered MFA courses. For a complete list of courses offered and the most current descriptions, visit the School of Arts and Sciences course descriptions database. 

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Read more about the general guidelines for prospective MFA students

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Check out the most frequently asked questions regarding the MFA in Writing. 

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Graduate students are encouraged to submit their work to the program’s three writing awards

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In addition to the support that our students provide one another, the program offers an extensive array of academic, professional, and social opportunities for graduate students and their families. 

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Read what alumni have to say about the graduate program.