The UNCG MFA Program

The Master of Fine Arts in creative writing is a two-year residency program with an emphasis on providing studio time for the writing of poetry or fiction. Our students develop their particular talents through small classes in writing, literature, publishing, and the arts. As a community of writers, students read and comment on each other's work under the guidance of distinguished resident and visiting faculty, who also meet with students in one-on-one tutorials.

The History the UNCG MFA Program

The MFA Writing Program at Greensboro is one of the oldest creative writing programs in the country. During the early years, the University had among its faculty a number of noted writers, such as Allen Tate, Caroline Gordon, Hiram Haydn, Peter Taylor, and Randall Jarrell. They invited other distinguished authors to campus to read from their work and to meet with students; these included Robert Lowell, Robert Frost, Flannery O’Connor, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, and Saul Bellow.

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The MFA Degree

The MFA Writing Program is a full-time residency program. The degree requires forty-eight hours of course work, including focused writing workshops in poetry or fiction, one-on-one tutorials, and a final creative thesis (a volume of poems, short stories, or a novel).

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UNCG Resident MFA Faculty & Visiting Writers

The resident faculty at the MFA Writing Program in Greensboro are not only award-winning writers, but also committed teachers who have spent their careers mentoring young writers. Each year the faculty also invites authors and editors to campus for our Distinguished Visiting Writers Series, which includes readings, workshops, and master classes with MFA students.

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UNCG MFA Admission & Assistantships

The MFA Writing Program at UNC Greensboro is a two-year graduate program that offers fully funded graduate assistantships to a group of 10-14 poets and fiction writers each academic year. Because the program is kept intentionally small, our admissions process is extremely competitive.

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Frequently Asked Questions of the UNCG MFA Program

Need to know about funding? Wondering what our acceptance rate is? Want to know what Greensboro has to offer? Curious about student publications? Find answers to these and more in our FAQs.

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