Master of Fine Arts

Creative Writing

 

Professor introducing a book to his students

Ranked #2

for creative nonfiction
by Poets & Writers

World-Class

Work with award-winning authors in fiction, nonfiction, & poetry

Full Funding

Up to 3 years of funding for MFA graduate students

 

Get full funding to develop your writing in fiction, poetry, or nonfiction and work with our world-class faculty in small workshops.

About the MFA Program

  • A fully funded three-year program (can be completed in 2 or 2.5 years) in three genres (poetry, fiction, and nonfiction) with active encouragement to work across and between them.

  • Funding via GTA positions in the Writing Program (typical teaching load: 1-2, 2-2, 2-1), with opportunities to teach creative writing workshops in the second year and beyond.

  • An active prose and poetry series of visiting writers and editors.

  • Excellent student-teacher ratio (9 faculty for 36 students)

  • A challenging, supportive, and dynamic atmosphere in a super-literary, culturally vibrant, and progressive border city.

  • An extremely active and critically acclaimed faculty.

  • Funding opportunities for research and travel via the departmental English Graduate Union, the Graduate and Professional Student Council, Confluence Center and the Institute of the Environment, among other organizations.

  • MFA thesis defense that may include outside readers. Past outside readers have included such writers as Jenny Boully, Gary Paul Nabhan, Steven Church, Luís Alberto Urrea, and Kim Stanley Robinson.

  • Opportunities to work on nationally- and internationally-known literary magazines, websites, and presses

  • The lushest desert in the world with mountains all around.

Since 1972, the University of Arizona has offered one of the preeminent MFA programs in the country for the study of creative writing. With workshops and craft seminars in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, we offer intensive instruction in literary craft and the study of literature from a writer’s perspective, as well as opportunities to strengthen professional skills and flourish as a writer. The program requires three years in residence, the completion of 42 academic units, including four workshops in one genre and four craft courses. A student’s studies culminate in the production of an aesthetic statement and a thesis manuscript. The program is fully funded, with assistantships in teaching composition offered to all incoming MFA students. You have the opportunity to apply to teach creative writing in your second year. Assistantships include salary, health insurance, and a complete tuition waiver.

Full Funding for Students

Our program is fully funded, with assistantships in teaching composition offered to all incoming MFA students. Assistantships include salary, health insurance, and a complete tuition waiver.

First year students teach in our Foundations Writing Program (typical teaching load: 1-2, 2-2, 2-1). You have the opportunity to apply to teach creative writing in your second year.

Additional funding opportunities for research and travel are available from the departmental English Graduate Union, the Graduate and Professional Student Council, Confluence Center, and the Institute of the Environment, among other organizations.

Supportive Literary Environment

A writer engages in the world. With this in mind, we invite students to develop a course of study parallel to the page, whether it is in the University, the city of Tucson, the Sonoran desert, or beyond. You have the chance to volunteer with and/or have a for-credit internship with such organizations as the UA Poetry Center, Sonora ReviewFairy Tale ReviewDiagramNew Michigan Pressterrain.orgSpork PressKore Press, and the poetry collective POG.

The literary community here is strong. Please look into the offerings at the Poetry Center, our partner in many adventures. In addition to the Poetry Center Readings & Lectures Series, the creative writing faculty curates the UA Prose Series, which brings in four writers a year. MFA students run the Works-in-Progress (WIP) Reading Series, and Infuse, a cooperative reading and art series between creative-writing and visual-arts MFA students. The University of Arizona is the home to the Sonora Review, one of the oldest student-run literary magazines in the country.

Inspiring Setting

You'll have the opportunity to live, work, and write in the lushest desert in the world with mountains all around. Tucson is a a super-literary, culturally vibrant, progressive border city.

For more on Tucson literary happenings, read Poets & Writers overview of our literary city and check out MFA alumna Eshani Surya's piece entitled 5 Reasons a Writer Should Move to Tucson.