Guide to Writing Programs

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Writing Program Name Location     Genres   Degrees

Aberystwyth University
Faculty: Matthew Francis, Tiffany Atkinson, Katherine Stansfield, Rosie Dub, Jacqueline Yallop, David Towsey, Richard Marggraf Turley

United Kingdom

 
Fiction, Criticism & Theory, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular/Genre Fiction    MA, PHD, BA, MINOR 

Abilene Christian University
Faculty: Albert Haley, Chris Willerton, Stephen Weathers

TX, US

 
Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Playwriting    MA 

Adams State University

CO, US

 
Fiction, Criticism & Theory, Playwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry    BA 

Adelphi University
Faculty: Judith Baumel, Martha Cooley, Anton Dudley, Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Igor Webb, Katherine Hill

NY, US

 
Fiction, Literary Translation, Criticism & Theory, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting, Playwriting    MFA, BA 

Agnes Scott College

GA, US

 
    BA 

Alaska Pacific University

AK, US

 
    MA, MINOR 

Albertus Magnus College
Faculty: Paul Robichaud, Sarah Wallman, Robert Hubbard, Charles Rafferty, Eric Shoeck

CT, US

 
Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction    MFA, BA, MINOR 

Albion College

MI, US

 
    BA, MINOR 

Alfred University

NY, US

 
    MINOR 

Alice James Books

ME, US

 
     

Allegheny College
Faculty: Christopher Bakken, Matthew Ferrence, Jen Julian

PA, US

 
    BA 

American International College

MA, US

 
     

American University
Faculty: Kyle Dargan, Danielle Evans, Stephanie Grant, David Keplinger, Rachel Louise Snyder, Richard McCann

DC, US

 
Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction    MFA 

Amherst College

MA, US

 
    MINOR 

Anderson University

SC, US

 
    MINOR 

Anderson University, Indiana

IN, US

 
    BA, MINOR 

Anoka-Ramsey Community College
Faculty: Kathryn Kysar, Scott Wrobel, Paige Riehl, William Breen, Melody Heide, Elizabeth Tannen, Scott Stankey, Rachel MacDonald

MN, US

 
Fiction, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.), Writing for Children, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry    AA, AFA 

Antioch University Los Angeles
Faculty: Steve Heller, Jenny Factor, Tananarive Due, Peter Selgin, Gayle Brandeis, Christine Hale, Jim Daniels, Carol Potter, Erin Aubry Kaplan, Richard Garcia, Dan Bellm, Sharman Apt Russell, Alistair McCartney, Bernadette Murphy, Jim Krusoe, Alma Luz Villanueva, Terry Wolverton, Brad Kessler, Francesca Lia Block, Todd Mitchell, Victoria Chang, Tammy Lechner, Kerry Madden-Lunsford, Kate Maruyama, Victoria Patterson, Gary Phillips

CA, US

 
Fiction, Literary Translation, Writing for Children, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry    MFA, BA, MINOR 

Antioch University Midwest

OH, US

 
    BA 

Antioch University Santa Barbara
Faculty: David Starkey, Tananarive Due, Jenny Factor, Steve Heller, Kate Maruyama

CA, US

 
Screenwriting, Playwriting    MFA 

Appalachian State University

NC, US

 
    BA, MINOR 

Arapahoe Community College

CO, US

 
     

Arcadia University
Faculty: Richard Wertime, Joshua Isard, Stephanie Feldman, James Warner, Genevieve Betts, Paul Elwork, Eric Smith

PA, US

 
Fiction, Poetry, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.), Criticism & Theory, Writing for Children, Playwriting, Creative Nonfiction    MFA, MA, BA, MINOR 

Arizona State University
Faculty: Sally Ball, Tara Ison, Norman Dubie, T.M. McNally, Alberto Alvaro Rios, Matt Bell, Natalie Diaz, Jennifer Irish

AZ, US

 
Fiction, Poetry    MFA, BA, MINOR 

Arkansas Tech University

AR, US

 
Fiction, Screenwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular/Genre Fiction    BFA, MA, BA 

Armstrong Atlantic State University

GA, US

 
     

Art Academy of Cincinnati

OH, US

 
    MINOR 

Ashland University
Faculty: Naomi Williams, Kate Hopper, Dexter Booth, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Douglas Manuel, Lily Hoang, Angela Morales, Matthew Salesses, Naoymi Munaweera, Derek Palacio, Sarah Monette, Brian Conn, Chris Arnold

OH, US

 
Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting, Playwriting    MFA, BA, MINOR 

Assumption College

MA, US

 
    MINOR 

Auburn University
Faculty: Keetje Kuipers, Anton DiSclafani, Rose McLarney, Jeremy Downes, Carrie Spell, Peter Huggins, Sam Ruddick, Lindsay Doukopoulos, Mat Smith

AL, US

 
Fiction, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.), Criticism & Theory, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry    BA, MA, MINOR 

Augsburg University
Faculty: Karen Babine, Jeremy Bandow, Jim Cihlar, Stephan Clark, Cass Dalglish, Heid Erdrich, Douglas Green, Carson Kreitzer, Sarah Myers, Sun Yung Shin, Lindsay Starck, Kathryn Swanson, Cary Waterman

MN, US

 
Fiction, Literary Translation, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.), Criticism & Theory    MFA, BA, MINOR 

Augusta University
Faculty: Anna Harris, Jared Hegwood, Jim Minick, Paul Sladky

GA, US

 
Fiction, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.), Criticism & Theory, Writing for Children, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular/Genre Fiction    BA 

Augustana College, Rock Island
Faculty: Kelly Daniels, Rebecca Wee

IL, US

 
Fiction, Screenwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry    BA, MINOR 

Augustana College, Sioux Falls

SD, US

 
     

Aurora University

IL, US

 
    MINOR 

Austin College

TX, US

 
    BA, MINOR 

Austin Community College

TX, US

 
     

Austin Peay State University
Faculty: Andrea Spofford, Barry Kitterman

TN, US

 
Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry    MINOR, BA 

Azusa Pacific University

CA, US

 
    BA, MA 

Baldwin Wallace University

OH, US

 
    BA, MINOR 

Ball State University
Faculty: Cathy Day, Jill Christman, Sean Lovelace, Matt Mullins, Mark Neely, Silas Hansen, Katy Didden, Rani Deighe Crowe, Sarah Domet

IN, US

 
Fiction, Screenwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry    MA, BA 

Bard College
Faculty: Ann Lauterbach, Anselm Berrigan, Robert Fitterman, David Levi Strauss, Paul La Farge, Matvei Yankelevich, Anna Moschovakis

NY, US

 
Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction    MFA 

Bard College at Simon's Rock

MA, US

 
    BA 

Barnard College

NY, US

 
    MINOR 

Barusch College, CUNY

NY, US

 
    MINOR 

Bates College

ME, US

 
    MINOR 

Bath Spa University
Faculty: Lucy English, Richard Kerridge, Colin Edwards, Tessa Hadley, Tracy Brain, Jonathan Neale, Mimi Thebo, Steve Voake, Gerard Woodward, Tim Liardet, Julia Green, Steve May, Paul Evans, Gavin Cologne-Brookes, Carrie Etter, Andrew Miller, Celia Brayfield, Paul Meyer, Ursula Sarma

ZZUnited Kingdom

 
Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Writing for Children, Literary Translation, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.), Criticism & Theory, Popular/Genre Fiction    MA, PHD, BA, MINOR, BS 

Bay Path University

MA, US

 
    MFA 

Baylor University
Faculty: Greg Garrett, Arna Hemenway, Elizabeth Dell

TX, US

 
Fiction, Poetry, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.), Criticism & Theory, Writing for Children, Screenwriting    MA, PHD, BA, MINOR 

Becker College

MA, US

 
    MINOR 

Belhaven University
Faculty: Randall Smith, Howard Bahr

MS, US

 
    BFA 

Belmont University
Faculty: Danielle Alexander, Cynthia Cox, David Curtis, Linda Holt, Amy Hodges Hamilton, Sandra Hutchins, Robbie Pinter, Annette Sisson, Bonnie Smith, Andrea Stover, John Caresse, Margaret Monteverde, Doulas Murray, John Paine

TN, US

 
    MA, BA, MINOR 

Beloit College
Faculty: Fran Abbate, Megan Milks, Christi Clancy, Chuck Lewis, Shawn Gillen

WI, US

 
    BA 

Bemidji State University
Faculty: Lauren Cobb, Mark Christensen, Maureen Gibbon, MC Morgan, CarolAnn Russell, Brian Donovan, Jessica Durgan, Gary Rees, Larry Swain

MN, US

 
Fiction, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.), Criticism & Theory, Playwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry    BFA, MINOR, BA, MA 

Benedictine University at Springfield
Faculty: David Logan, Judi O'Brien Anderson, Debra Parker, Gary Vitale, Lynette Smith, Amy Lakin

IL, US

 
    BA 

Bennington College
Faculty: Sven Birkerts, Martha Cooley, David Gates, Amy Hempel, Alice Mattison, Sheila Kohler, Askold Melnyczuk, Bernard Cooper, Bret Anthony Johnston, Susan Cheever, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Ed Ochester, Phillip Lopate, Timothy Liu, Amy Gerstler, Brian Morton, Rachel Pastan, Paul Yoon, Dinah Lenney, April Bernard, Major Jackson, Mark Wunderlich

VT, US

 
Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry    MFA 

Bentley University

MA, US

 
    MINOR 

Berry College
Faculty: Will Donnelly, Sandra Meek

GA, US

 
Fiction, Playwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry    BA 

Bethel University

MN, US

 
    BA, MINOR 

Binghamton University
Faculty: Thomas Glave, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Jaimee Wriston Colbert, Lisa Li Shen Yun, Leslie Heywood, Liz Rosenberg , Pamela Gay, Alexi Zentner, Joe E. Weil

NY, US

 
Fiction, Criticism & Theory, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Writing for Children    MA, PHD, BA, MINOR 

Biola University

CA, US

 
    MINOR 

Blackburn College

IL, US

 
    BA 

Bloomfield College

NJ, US

 
     

Bloomsburg University

PA, US

 
    BA, MINOR 

Bluefield College

VA, US

 
    MINOR 

Bluffton University

OH, US

 
    BA, MINOR 

Bluffton University Writing & English

OH, US

 
     

Boise State University
Faculty: Martin Corless-Smith, Janet Holmes, Brady Udall, Mitch Wieland

ID, US

 
Fiction, Poetry    MFA 

Boston College
Faculty: Suzanne Matson, Elizabeth Graver, Suzanne Berne, Christopher Boucher, Andrew Sofer, Carlo Rotella, Paul Mariani

MA, US

 
    BA, MINOR 

Boston University
Faculty: Leslie Epstein, Ha Jin, Sigrid Nunez, Robert Pinsky, Dan Chiasson, Louise Gluck, Rosanna Warren

MA, US

 
Fiction, Poetry    MFA, BA, MINOR 

Bowdoin College

ME, US

 
    MINOR 

Bowie State University

MD, US

 
    MA 

Bowling Green State University
Faculty: Sharona Muir, Lawrence Coates, Wendell Mayo, Larissa Szporluk, Theresa Williams, Abigail Cloud, Dan Rzicznek, Brad Felver, Joe Celizic, Jessica Zinz-Cheresnick, Cheryl Lachowski

OH, US

 
Fiction, Poetry    MFA, BFA 

Bradley University
Faculty: Kevin Stein, Thomas Palakeel, Demetrice Worley, Lee Newton, Devin Murphy

IL, US

 
Fiction, Criticism & Theory, Screenwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.), Playwriting    MA, BA, MINOR 

Brandeis University

MA, US

 
    BA 

Brazosport College

TX, US

 
     

Brewton-Parker College
Faculty: Thom Brucie, Farrah Senn, George Mosley

GA, US

 
Fiction, Screenwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular/Genre Fiction, Criticism & Theory    BFA, MINOR 

Briar Cliff University

IA, US

 
    MINOR, BA 

Bridgewater College

VA, US

 
    MINOR 

Bridgewater State University

MA, US

 
Fiction, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.), Poetry    MA, BA, MINOR 

Brigham Young University
Faculty: John Bennion, Chris Crowe, Joey Franklin, Kimberly Johnson, Lance Larsen, Michael Lavers, Patrick Madden, John Talbot, Stephen Tuttle

UT, US

 
Fiction, Writing for Children, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry    MFA, BA, MINOR 

Brookdale Community College
Faculty: Suzanne Parker

NJ, US

 
    MINOR 

Brooklyn College
Faculty: Julie Agoos, Anselm Berrigan, Erin Courtney, Wendy Fairey, Myla Goldberg, Colin Harrison, Amy Hempel, Joshua Henkin, Ben Lerner, Ernesto Mestre, Martha Jane Nadell, Meera Nair, Jenny Offill, Richard Pearse, Ellen Tremper, Mac Wellman, Marjorie Welish

NY, US

 
Fiction, Poetry, Playwriting    MFA, BFA 

Brown University
Faculty: Ama Ata Aidoo, John Cayley, Robert Coover, Brian Evenson, Thalia Field, Forrest Gander, Renee Gladman, Michael S. Harper, Joanna Howard, Carole Maso, Gale Nelson, Meredith Steinbach, , John Edgar Wideman, C.D. Wright

RI, US

 
Fiction, Poetry, Playwriting, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.)    MFA, BA 

Bryan College

TN, US

 
    BA, MINOR 

Bryn Mawr College

PA, US

 
    MINOR 

Bucknell University
Faculty: Paula Closson Buck, Christopher Camuto, Shara McCallum, Robert Rosenberg, G.C. Waldrep, Chinelo Okparanta, Virginia Zimmerman, Joe Scapellato

PA, US

 
Criticism & Theory, Fiction, Screenwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry    MA, BA 

Buffalo State College
Faculty: Peter Ramos

NY, US

 
    BA, MA 

Burlington College

VT, US

 
    BA 

Butler University
Faculty: Chris Forhan, Dan Barden, Andrew Levy, Susan Neville, Hilene Flanzbaum, Alessandra Lynch, Michael Dahlie, Allison Lynn, David Shumate

IN, US

 
Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction    MFA, BA 

Cabrini College

PA, US

 
    BA, MINOR 

California College of the Arts
Faculty: Joseph Lease, Aimee Phan, Faith Adiele, Tom Barbash, Dodie Bellamy, Kevin Killian, Eric Olson, Donna De la Perriere, Tonya Foster, Jasmin Darznik, Leslie Carol Roberts

CA, US

 
Fiction, Criticism & Theory, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry    MFA, BA 

California Institute of Integral Studies
Faculty: Randall Babtkis, Anne Bluethenthal, Carolyn Cooke, Cindy Shearer, Sarah Stone

CA, US

 
Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Playwriting    MFA 

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
Faculty: Bruce Bauman, Tisa Bryant, Steve Erickson, Jen Hofer, Maggie Nelson, Janet Sarbanes, Mady Schutzman, Matias Viegener, Jon Wagner, Christine Wertheim

CA, US

 
Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Playwriting, Criticism & Theory    MFA 

California Lutheran University

CA, US

 
    BA, MINOR 

California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

CA, US

 
    BA, MINOR 

California State University Channel Islands

CA, US

 
    MINOR 

California State University, Chico
Faculty: Paul Eggers, Jeanne E. Clark, Rob Davidson, Sarah Pape, Heather Altfeld

CA, US

 
Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Playwriting    MA, BA, MINOR 

California State University, Dominguez Hills
Faculty: Debra Best, Cauthen Randolph, Chinq Timothy, Larry Ferrario, Lois Feur, Thomas Giannotti, Jon Hauss, Rodercik Hernandez, Burckhard Mohr, Helen Oesterheld, Scott Phillabaum, Michael Shafer, David Sherman, Marilyn Sutton, Vanessa Wenzell, Andrea Wenzell, Andrea White, Edward Zoerner

CA, US

 
    MA, BA 

California State University, East Bay
Faculty: Sara McAuly, Stephen Gutierrez, Donald Markos

CA, US

 
Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction    MA, BA, MINOR 

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