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Creative Writing Program


MFA Admissions Update (3/18/2015): We have notified all applicants by email of their application status. We know these are difficult spring weeks for all MFA applicants, and especially for those on program waitlists. When we extend offers, we urge the applicants to make their decisions as soon as they can, but we also adhere to the Council of Graduate Schools "Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants," which stipulates that no student accepted at any of its hundreds of member institutions should be under obligation to respond to an offer of financial support prior to April 15. For more information, see the full text of this resolution on the  Council of Graduate Schools website.


The University of Virginia offers creative writing courses at both the undegraduate and graduate levels.

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, 2015. 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 Alumni Books page.

At the undergraduate level, U.Va. offers the Area Program in Poetry Writing and the 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.


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