University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

We seek students with an equal interest in writing and in reading literature. We don’t believe in any particular school of writing; we have no wish to foster or found one. Criticism in the writing workshop here attempts to fulfill the design of a poem or a story on its own terms. We aim to cultivate good writers. If we effect this bettering, we do so by admitting that the question “Can writing be taught?” is best answered, “Yes and no.” Certain aspects of it can be taught, others cannot.

At MFA@FLA, we believe in collaboration, both between students and teachers and within the close-knit community that our students forge. This is why we have no part-time or visiting faculty. That all of our faculty live in Gainesville, most within a few miles of the campus, allows us to establish relationships with our students that extend well beyond office hours and workshops.

Another unique aspect of our program is its international perspective. Although based in the United States, MFA@FLA regards its mission as the promotion of world literature in English. That of our seven faculty four were born outside the United States and are bilingual if not trilingual helps us to achieve this goal. Even those of us who are Americans by birth, however, see ourselves as citizens of the world. It is for this reason that, in our classes, you may find yourself reading more British and European writers, more African and Asian and Caribbean writers, more Indian and Australian writers, than American writers.

Degrees Offered



Fiction, Poetry

Residency type


Program length

3 years

Financial Aid

A writing program should be easily affordable. All MFA students here receive a full tuition waiver. They also receive a fellowship and teaching-assistantship package currently worth $22,000 a year for the duration of the three-year program.

Teaching opportunities

In their first year, MFA candidates team-teach English Comp 1101 and 1102. In their second and third years, MFA candidates may teach creative writing workshops in their concentration, composition courses (English 1101 and 1102), Writing for Engineers, or other courses of their choice as part of a 2/1 or 1/2 teaching load. MFA candidates are guaranteed one section of creative writing in both the second and third years. In addition MFA candidates with expertise in fields outside creative writing may be given the opportunity to teach academic courses in their areas of expertise and to serve as TAs to faculty teaching lecture courses.

Editorial opportunities

During their three years at UF, MFA candidates are given the opportunity to work on Subtropics, our internationally recognized literary journal. For this work they receive elective credit.

Cross-genre study

Although at present we offer degrees only in poetry and fiction, we encourage cross-genre work and often have students in our fiction program whose work defies simple genre definitions.


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