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: 10/22/2019
Format: 10/22/2019
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