At a Glance
The University of Virginia's Creative Writing Program offers a master of fine arts in poetry and fiction writing, undergraduate English concentrations in poetry and literary prose, and elective coursework at the undergraduate and graduate levels. If you are just beginning, we have 2000-level classes in our undergraduate curriculum that are open enrollment (though some sections are restricted to first- and second-year students). Intermediate and advanced writers can take courses from our full-time faculty by instructor permission, and citizen scholars can also apply. See our undergraduate page for more information or view our current course offerings here.
At the graduate level, we offer one of the best MFA programs in the country with award-winning faculty and alumni whose poetry and prose is in print or forthcoming from some of the top houses and prizes.
In the News
We are excited to announce that Rabih Alameddine, UVA’s Kapnick Foundation Distinguished Writer-in-Residence, has been selected as the winner of the 2022 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for his novel The Wrong End of the Telescope (Grove Atlantic).
“This year’s judges have done the seemingly
Ranking graduate creative writing programs is a fraught process because we're all so different. But here's a site that tries to do so by quantitatively scoring alumni publications in publications like Best American Short Stories, Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize, etc. UVA stacks up well