University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

http://creativewriting.virginia.edu/

We’re a small program, accepting only five fiction writers and five poets each year. Given our application numbers, this small cohort makes us one of the most competitive application pools among all MFA programs. After our students arrive, we fund them equally, which promotes a collegial, supportive workshop environment. None of our students teach in their first year; they teach one section of creative writing each semester of their second year, in courses where they have wide latitude in selecting readings and teaching content and methods. We are one of only five universities to offer an annual $10,000 Henfield Prize in fiction.

Degrees Offered

MFA

Genres

Fiction, Poetry

Residency type

Full

Program length

2 fully funded years, with an optional and partially funded third-year

Financial Aid

All our students receive the same amount of funding, and they do not have to re-compete for funding in their second year.

Teaching opportunities

Our students teach their own creative writing classes in fiction and poetry (they don't just run a discussion section of a larger course or do freshman comp).

Editorial opportunities

Our MFA program is also the home of Meridian, a semiannual literary magazine edited by our graduate students and distributed nationally. Meridian publishes twice a year, in January and May. The journal features outstanding fiction, poetry, and nonfiction from both emerging and established writers, and work from Meridian contributors has gone on for inclusion in Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, New Stories from the South, and the Pushcart anthology.

Cross-genre study

Limited. Our MFAs do not sit in the other genre’s workshops, but there are opportunities to take additional graduate-level workshops in different genres, and from the same core writing faculty.

Graduates

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