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Creative Writing Program

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Our Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program is a two-year graduate degree in fiction or poetry writing. Consistently ranked among the top MFA programs in the nation, the program is full-time and workshop-based, with a small, but aesthetically diverse group of students and faculty. Our next application deadline is December 15, 2014. Prospective applicants can find out more about our program by visiting our MFA Admissions page and our About the Program page.  Most MFA programs advise applicants to read the work of their faculty before applying, but we think an even better suggestion is to read some books by recent graduates. For a list of recent U.Va. MFA publications, please see our MFA Alumni Books page.

At the undergraduate level, U.Va. offers an Area Program in Poetry Writing, and starting in 2014-2015, a new Area Program in Literary Prose Writing, which are English majors with a specializations in poetry or prose writing. All of our graduate and undergraduate creative writing courses are taught through U.Va.'s outstanding English Department.

If you live in the area and would like to receive e-mails about the creative writing readings and events we sponsor, please add your e-mail to this list.

And for those wanting to peek under the lid of our MFA program and view photos of current students and events, see this Tumblr site maintained by Paul Guest.


 

MFA News

  • Sam Taylor (Poetry 2010) is the recipient of the 2014 Amy Lowell Scholarship for American Poets Traveling Abroad.
  • And then there is the plain coolness of having your book turned into a movie, which is what is happening to alum Eleanor Henderson (Fiction 2005) and her Ten Thousand Saints.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
  • Sarah Estes (Poetry 2007) has her chapbook Hive Bone out from Finishing Line Press and had a book-length manuscript finish as first runner-up for the Cider Press Review Prize.
  • Current poetry student Safiya Sinclair wins the 2013 The Journal's annual poetry contest for her poem "Home."
  • We're always pleased to have our recent graduates get into print, but when an esteemed poetry series publishes two in the same year, we get a little giddy. Congratulations to Jasmine Bailey (Poetry 2010) and Cecilia Llompart (Poetry 2013), whose first collections, Alexandria and The Wingless, will come out from Carnegie Mellon University Press in February 2014.
  • Congratulations to Poetry International's 2013 contest winner, Mark Wagenaar (poetry 2010).  His poem “Migrations” was chosen by Valzhyna Mort and will be published in a future issue of Poetry International. Mark also earned a $1000 cash prize!
  • Megan Fishmann Getten's short story, "The House on Blackburn Avenue," which appeared on Five Chapters, receives a  Pushcart nomination from that magazine.
  • Austin Smith (Poetry, 2012) is interviewed by SFWeekly.
  • We have two alums in 2013's The Best American Nonrequired Reading.  Alexis Schaitkin (Fiction 2013) has her story "Bone" included (originally in the Southwest Review) and Kim Philley (Poetry 2007) also has her short story "Two Deaths" (originally in Epiphany) in the same edition!
  • Faculty member and alum Lisa Russ Spaar wins U.Va.'s 2013 Jefferson Scholars Foundation Faculty Prize.
  • Steve Barbaro (Poetry, 2010) has a recent poem on Verse Daily and a novel experpt up at Web Conjunctions.
  • Reed Johnson (Fiction, 2010) writes in the New Yorker blog on Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye and its Russian translations.
  • Faculty member Rita Dove’s paperback edition of The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetryis released on September 24, 2013.
  • Lilah Hegnauer (Poetry, 2002) wins the inaugural New Southern Voices Poetry Prize from Hub City Press for her collection Pantry.
  • Emma Eisenberg (Fiction, 2014) has a new story, "The Third Rainbow Girl," up at Five Chapters.
  • Drew Johnson (Fiction, 2007) has a new collection of short fiction about long bus rides, 7 Greyhounds, available at The Cupboard.
  • Callie Wright's (Fiction, 2004) "Love All" gets a rave review in People Magazine's Stylewatch.
  • Faculty member Debra Nystrom's poem "Pronghorn" appears in the May 13, 2013, New Yorker.
  • Emma Eisenberg (Fiction, 2014) has her story "There Was" in the current Gulf Coast.
  • Thomas Pierce (Fiction, 2013) has a new story, "The Critics," in the May 2013 Atlantic
  • Safiya Sinclair (Poetry, 2014) is the winner of the 2013 Driftless Prize in Poetry from Devil's Lake for her poems “Woman, Wound“ and “Notes on the State of Virginia, I."
  • Thomas Pierce (Fiction, 2013) has a new story, "The Real Alan Gass," in the current issue of Subtropics.
  • Mary Beth Keane (Fiction, 2005) has her new novel, Fever, receive stellar reviews in the Boston Globe  and USA Today.
  • Faculty Member Lisa Russ Spaar's (Poetry, 1982) new collection, Vanitas, Rough, is reviewed in the LA Times.
  • Peter Kline (Poetry, 2006) won a  2014 Amy Clampitt Residency Award.
  • UVA MFA professor emeritus Charles Wright wins the 2013 Bollingen Prize.
  • Megan Fishmann (Fiction, 2010) has her story  "The House On Blackburn Avenue" up on Five Chapters.
  • One of our current students, Thomas Pierce, has his short story "Shirley Temple Three" in the New Yorker.  
  • MFA faculty member Chris Tilghman's The Right-Hand Shore makes the New York Times Sunday Book Review100 Notable Books of 2012 list.
  • Emma Eisenberg (Fiction, 2014) is the runner up in Gulf Coast's Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose; her story "There Was" will appear in Gulf Coast's spring print issue.
  • Mary Beth Keane (Fiction, 2005) interviews all the 2012 National Book Award Finalists, Louise Erdrich (2012 winner), Junot Díaz, Dave Eggers, Ben Fountain, and Kevin Powers.