MFA in Creative Writing

By Writers, For Writers

Our program was built entirely by writers, to guide authors organically through the exploration of their craft and thorough preparation for a sustainable life of creation and publication. No other program nurtures a writer from line and sentence to essay, story, poetry collection or novel like ours does.

Our editing semester is a uniquely practical experience in crafting work which is both thrilling and publishable. Our gifted faculty are here because they want to launch unique, individual voices within a global dialogue; to see risks taken, new moves in language braved, and students grow into professional and artistic peers.

Come lean toward our fire and tell us your stories, poems, essays. We’re listening.

How does a low-residency program work?

We’ve made this program so that people who are unable to walk away from jobs and families and service can still become masters of their craft . . . NOW.

Over four distance-learning semesters punctuated by five week-long residencies, students will focus on their chosen genre (be it fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction) while exploring new territories of artistic expression.

Faculty meet with their students one-on-one during each residency to set plans, then work with them intensively throughout the semester providing written critiques. With a student-to-mentor ratio never greater than 5:1, students receive creative, focused, individualized feedback.

Each residency is an eight-day intensive period of workshops, seminars, readings and more, in which we explore the wide landscape of the writing life from practical tricks-of-the-trade to subtleties of conceptual nuance. Residencies take place in early January and early August, with one of every five residencies (for the program as a whole) located overseas. Our August 2014 residency was in Doolin, Ireland – our January 2017 residency will be in Jamaica.

Meet Our Faculty

MFA Directory

2016 – 2017 Visiting Professor Announced

Hopkins-Ellen-200x150Celebrated Young Adult novel author Ellen Hopkins will be a 2016 – 2017 Visiting Professor in the Writing for Children & Young Adult (WCYA) track! Her work includes the New York Times bestselling novels Crank, Identical and Burned, which engage with difficult teenage issues such as mental health, prostitution, and drug addiction.

Each of our faculty members is an experienced writer and an incredible teacher of their art. Here are a few:

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Peter Mountford



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Benjamin Busch

Creative Nonfiction

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Anitra Budd

Faculty & Student News


MFA Student LouAnn Muhm has received a scholarship toward a month-long residency at the Vermont Studio Center for July, 2016.


MFA Alum Brooke King’s personal essay on war (“Dogtags”) was published in the fall of 2015 in War, Literature, and the Arts Magazine.


MFA Faculty Lisa Papademetriou will speak on the topic of "Grammar as Voice" at Michigan Reading Association's annual conference in Detroit on March 19.


MFA Alum Brooke King’s personal essay, “Redeployment Packing Checklist” was featured on KPBS’s Veteran Series, Incoming.


MFA Student LouAnn Muhm has two poems included in Volume 2, Issue 3 of Tinderbox Poetry Journal.

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We want artists who will write for the rest of their lives. If you are interested in adding your voice to this transformative conversation and intrigued by the possibility of working with teachers and peers who are passionate about the art they love, then please contact us — we look forward to meeting you.

Sophie Cherry
Program Coordinator and Graduate Admissions Counselor

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