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Creative Writing Program

LoungeThe University of Virginia offers creative writing courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Our Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a two-year graduate degree program 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 the Area Program in Poetry Writing and the Area Program in Literary Prose Writing, which are concentrations within the English major. 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.