About our Creative Writing Program

Frequently requested information about our graduate and undergraduate programs:

  • Faculty

    For a listing of our creative writing faculty and staff, see our faculty page.

  • Funding

    Understanding an MFA program's funding package just shouldn't be all that hard. For details on our graduate support, see our funding page.

  • Undergrad & Citizen Scholar FAQs

    Are you a UVA undergrad who can't enroll in SIS? Questions about which ENCW to take? A local resident who wants to take a class? See our undergraduate CW page.

  • Alumni Books & Awards

    Some programs tell you to read their faculty books before applying. Sure, but you might also want to look at recent publications from and awards received by our MFA, APLP, and APPW program alums.

  • Course Offerings

    For our current creative writing (ENCW) offerings, both at the undergraduate- and graduate-level, see the CW Program page on Lou's List.

  • Calendar

    For a Google calendar of our upcoming public events, see our calendar page.

In the News

Just a few of the recent news items about our program, faculty, students, and alumni.

Applications Update

Applications Update

As of 20 March 2018, we have notified all current MFA applicants of their application status by email, and official notifications from the online applications system will arrive shortly. Thank you for sending us such great work this year.

Dave Lucas

Dave Lucas Named Ohio Poet Laureate

Governor John R. Kasich has named Dave Lucas, MFA '04 (poetry), as Ohio’s poet laureate. We think that's an MFA Program alumni first. See this news article for more.

Lisa Spaar

Lisa Russ Spaar at Convocation

University of Virginia creative writing professor Lisa Russ Spaar gave the keynote address at UVA's Fall Convocation, held Nov. 3 in the John Paul Jones Arena. See this UVA Today article for more.

Lee Clay Johnson and Safiya Sinclair

American Academy Winners

Very proud to have two MFA alums recognized by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with 2017 awards: Lee Clay Johnson, Nitro Mountain, Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction; and Safiya Sinclair, Cannibal, Addison M. Metcalf Award. See the American Academy website for more.

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