Letter from the Director

Dear Prospective Applicant:

Thank you for your interest in graduate work in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Arizona. The Program offers an opportunity for students to develop creative and critical skills through the practice of writing and the study of literature. Our faculty leads practical and theoretical discussions in workshop and seminar settings. The classes, over a three-year period (see this press release about our exciting move to a three-year program beginning in Fall 2017), guide the student toward the completion of a manuscript. We adapt our program to the interests of the individual MFA candidate.

The deadline for fall 2019 applications is December 15, 2018. Applications are online and are now open. Please refer to the Application Checklist.  Admission to the program is extremely competitive. Approximately four percent of the 350 people who apply each year are offered a place in the program. Our decisions for admission to the program and awards of teaching assistantships are based largely upon faculty evaluation of your creative sample. Such matters as GPA, personal statement, publications, and letters of recommendation are also considered, but to a lesser degree. No critiques are offered as part of the application process, and all deliberations of the admissions committee are confidential.

Please note that if you already have an MFA in creative writing, you cannot get another one at the University of Arizona.

Thank you again for your interest.  If you have any questions, please call Sharonne Meyerson, the Creative Writing Program Assistant, or myself, at (520) 621-7216, or Email Us.

With best wishes,

Ander Monson, Director

Creative Writing Program


College of Social and Behavioral Sciences