Writing Programs

Whether you’re looking for a creative writing program that leads to an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree at a US or international school, and whether you want a residency or low-residency program, here you’ll find easily searchable listings of our selection of the most worthwhile programs. The listings include links to author bios and works by each program’s graduates and by current and former faculty members who are published in Narrative.


Format: 12/15/2018
Format: 12/15/2018
Albion College

Albion College

BA
ALBION, MI
When studying literature, you’ll learn both the long narrative of literary history and the careful scrutiny of particular genres, periods, authors, and ideas. When studying writing, you’ll work toward a mastery of language, including critical reading, rigorous analysis, and the creation of art.
Narrative Author Faculty: Ryan Walsh
American University

American University

MFA
WASHINGTON, DC
This three-year, forty-eight-credit-hour MFA program integrates writing, literary journalism, translation, and the study of literature to prepare students for a range of career possibilities. Write, give feedback, and receive guidance from a close-knit community of respectful peers and faculty.
Narrative Author Graduates: Valzhyna Mort
Antioch University

Antioch University

MFA, BA
LOS ANGELES, CA
Our low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program is devoted not only to the education of literary artists but to community engagement and the pursuit of social justice. The program features one-on-one mentoring with a variety of successful, publishing writers and includes instruction in craft, revision, and critical reading and thinking skills.

Narrative Author Faculty: Jenny Factor, Emily Rapp
Narrative Author Graduates: Yuvi Zalkow
Arizona State University

Arizona State University

MFA
TEMPE, AZ
Through small classes, intimate workshops, and practicum, or one-to-one mentoring, the centuries-old apprenticeship model thrives within the New American University. The program requirements include forty-eight hours of study evenly divided between writing courses and literature courses designed to inform that writing.
Attic Institute Atheneum Master Writing Program

Attic Institute Atheneum Master Writing Program

CERTIFICATE
PORTLAND, OR
The program includes independent study under close faculty supervision, receptions, public readings, and discussion, selected readings, and other Atheneum events created around good food and great conversation, dialogue, and community. Plus, an end-of-program urban retreat to focus on your future writing goals.
Narrative Author Faculty: Marc Kaufman
Augustana College

Augustana College

BA
ROCK ISLAND, IL
Augustana offers a major and minor in English, a major in teaching English, a major in English with a writing emphasis, and a creative writing major and minor.
Narrative Author Faculty: Rebecca Wee
Narrative Author Graduates: Jodie Marion
Bard College, Simon’s Rock

Bard College, Simon’s Rock

BA
GREAT BARRINGTON, MA
Beyond the introductory course in which students write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, students take specialized workshops offered each term, as well as tutorials and independent studies.
Narrative Author Faculty: Peter Filkins
Barnard College

Barnard College

BA
NEW YORK, NY
Creative writing is not a separate major but a concentration within an English major, and majors can only take on the concentration in their senior year. However, all students are welcome to enroll in creative writing courses, even those attending Columbia or who are not English majors.
Narrative Author Faculty: Elizabeth Benedict, Mary Gordon, Ursula Hegi
Baruch College in New York City

Baruch College in New York City

BA
NEW YORK, NY
At Baruch, the discipline of English helps students unlock this potential through the study of a broad range of fields that includes literature, creative writing, literacy and rhetorical studies, linguistics, cultural inquiry, and film.
Narrative Author Faculty: Bridgett M. Davis
Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

MA
BATH, UNITED KINGDOM
Working with tutors and other writers in the course, you’ll develop your writing and build up a substantial body of work. Weekly workshops are taught by a strong team of published writers, and there are regular visits by literary agents, publishers, magazine editors, and broadcasters, as well as other writers.
Narrative Author Graduates: Brian Kimberling
Behrend College, Penn State

Behrend College, Penn State

BA
ERIE, PA
The ability to earn a fine arts degree in creative writing is an unusual opportunity at the undergraduate level, one that offers you time to completely immerse yourself in imaginative writing.
Narrative Author Faculty: Eugene Cross
Bennington College Writing Seminars

Bennington College Writing Seminars

MFA
NORTH BENNINGTON, VT
During this two-year, low-residency program, you commit as much to reading as you do to writing and conceive reading lists that strengthen and broaden your knowledge. You perform critical literary analysis. You craft bold new works of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry inspired by your discoveries. You finish with a polished thesis and a parting lecture.
Berea College

Berea College

BA
BEREA, KY
The English department has two principal responsibilities: advancing the student’s skill in writing and critical analysis, and furthering the student’s insight into the meaning and value of human experience through the study of literature and other art forms and through the student’s own creativity.
Narrative Author Faculty: Silas House
Boise State University

Boise State University

MFA
BOISE, ID
The MFA Program in Creative Writing offers degree tracks in fiction and poetry, emphasizing the art and craft of literary writing and concentrating on the student’s written work.
Narrative Author Graduates: Jacob Powers
Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green State University

MFA
BOWLING GREEN, OH
The program is a composite of a total of thirty-six hours, consisting primarily of writing workshops, including a minimum of one course in techniques, one in literary editing, one in pedagogy, and the remainder in recommended courses or electives.
Narrative Author Graduates: Tessa Mellas
Brandeis University

Brandeis University

BA
WALTHAM, MA
The Creative Writing Program is structured to allow flexible participation in its activities by a diverse body of students, whose interest or commitment may vary in nature or over time.
Narrative Author Faculty: Olga Broumas
Brooklyn College

Brooklyn College

MFA
BROOKLYN, NY
This small, highly personal two-year program in creative writing confers master of fine arts degrees in fiction, poetry, and playwriting. It offers single-discipline and inter-genre workshops, literature seminars, small-group reading tutorials, and one-on-one tutorials.

Narrative Author Faculty: Ben Lerner
Narrative Author Graduates: Linda Bernal, CJ Hauser, Reese Okyong Kwon, John Yau
Brown University

Brown University

MFA, BA
PROVIDENCE, RI
The Literary Arts MFA Program at Brown is structured to allow graduate student writers maximum possible time for creative and intellectual exploration. Students attend two courses per semester: a writing workshop and an elective.
Narrative Author Faculty: C. D. Wright (d. 2016) , John Yau
Narrative Author Graduates: Ben Lerner
Bucknell University

Bucknell University

MA
LEWISBURG, PA
The graduate program in English offers a structure consisting of eight seminars in English or seven seminars in English and one in another humanities discipline. Seminars require active participation, student reports, oral and written, and a substantial paper.
Narrative Author Faculty: Harold Schweizer
California College of the Arts

California College of the Arts

MFA
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
CCA’s two-year graduate creative writing program, based in the San Francisco Bay Area with a deep literary history, connects you to a writing community of emerging and professional writers.
Narrative Author Faculty: Tom Barbash, Rebekah Bloyd
California Institute of the Arts

California Institute of the Arts

MFA
VALENCIA, CA
Classes combine workshopping of student-generated work with discussion of assigned texts. Students are also encouraged to explore the intersections between writing and other media/art forms, such as performance, digital media, visual art, and film.
Narrative Author Graduates: Susan Kinsolving
California State University, Fresno

California State University, Fresno

MFA, BA
FRESNO, CA
We combine studio and academic approaches in a substantial fifty-four-unit degree program, providing students with critical workshop experience and a solid background in literature.
Narrative Author Faculty: Randa Jarrar
Narrative Author Graduates: T. L. Crum
California State University, Fullerton

California State University, Fullerton

BA
FULLERTON, CA
Our major program emphasizes the production of academic, professional, and creative writing and the study of the literatures of England and America, and intersecting countries across the globe.
Narrative Author Faculty: David Hernandez
California State University, Long Beach

California State University, Long Beach

MA, MFA, BA
LONG BEACH, CA
The MFA program at CSULB is a two-year, full-time program in which students complete forty-eight units of coursework with professors in the department of English. Each student is expected to submit an approved thesis of creative writing midway through the spring semester of her or his second year
Narrative Author Faculty: David Hernandez
Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University

BA
PITTSBURG, PA
The Master of Arts in Professional Writing is a program designed for students who wish to directly enter the professional world as writers. Graduates of the MAPW program will be prepared to work as communication specialists in government, business, and industry. The program requires three semesters of coursework plus a professional internship.
Narrative Author Faculty: Jane Bernstein
Chapman University

Chapman University

MFA
IRVINE, CA
Our MFA students begin with a common course called “Aspects of a Writer” that introduces the practice and business of the writer’s life. Students read great literature and write fiction, poetry, nonfiction, or even screenwriting and can work in more than one genre and in digital modes.
Narrative Author Faculty: Richard Bausch, Victoria Chang, Lisa Cupolo
Chico State - CSU Chico

Chico State

MFA
CHICO, CA
The MFA in Creative Writing is offered by a consortium of California State University campuses, including Chico, Hayward, Los Angeles, Northridge, and San Luis Obispo. A minimum of three summers of enrollment at a consortium campus is required, as is continuous enrollment once the program is begun.
Narrative Author Graduates: Heather Brittain Bergstrom
City College of New York

City College of New York

MFA
NEW YORK, NY
The mission of our program is simple: We want all students to find their unique voice, whether through fiction, nonfiction, drama, screenwriting, experimental or genre fiction, or poetry, while simultaneously preparing them for life beyond graduate school as writers, teachers and scholars.
Narrative Author Faculty: Danielle Blau, Tracy O’Neill, Emily Raboteau