Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

The part-time graduate program in creative writing provides students the opportunity to grow as artists within the specializations of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. The small-group workshop format allows for individual attention from published, award-winning faculty. Flexible scheduling gives students the opportunity to balance their professional, personal and writing lives. While earning their degrees, students connect with other writers at readings and other events in an artistic community that extends beyond the University into Chicago╩╝s vibrant literary scene. This program is also the home of literary journal TriQuarterly.

Degrees Offered



Fiction, Poetry, CNF

Residency type


Program length

The Creative Writing program is designed to be completed in two to three years of uninterrupted part-time study (one to two classes per quarter), although students are allowed five years to finish the program.

Financial Aid

MFA students in good academic and financial standing will receive full tuition remission for the 15th-18th courses of the program. Good academic standing is defined as having a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 and no more than one outstanding incomplete grade. Students who get jobs at Northwestern University get a 75 percent reduction in tuition.


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