Florida International University

Miami, FL


With over 200 books published (and counting) by its alumni, the program offers small seminars, intense mentoring, and a dedicated faculty who are themselves highly successful working writers: Lynne Barrett, Richard Blanco, Debra Dean, John Dufresne, Denise Duhamel, Campbell McGrath, Les Standiford and Julie Wade. Students are selected on the basis of demonstrated talent and the desire to join a hard-working, mutually supportive community of writers. The program places great emphasis upon preparation and completion of a publishable book-length creative thesis. In addition to studying with talented and inspiring faculty, students can gain hands-on experience in publishing and editing via the program's literary journal, Gulf Stream Magazine, and The Florida Book Review, which also provides students the opportunity to write and publish book reviews. Students can interact with prominent authors at the annual Lawrence Sanders Award in Fiction and the ongoing Writers on the Bay Reading Series, which hosts visiting writers from around the country.

Degrees Offered



Fiction, Poetry, CNF

Residency type


Program length

3 years (48 credit hours)

Part-time study


Financial Aid

A limited number of tuition fee waivers, fellowships and teaching assistantships with a Fall/Spring semester stipend of approximately $9,500 are available.

Teaching opportunities


Editorial opportunities

MFA students edit the program's literary magazine, Gulf Stream.


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