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 such 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, John Crowe Ransom, Hiram Haydn, Peter Taylor, and Randall Jarrell. They invited other distinguished writers to campus to read from their work and to meet with students; these writers 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 designed for full-time residential students. The degree requires forty-eight hours of course work, a thesis (a volume of poems, short stories, or a novel), and an oral examination.

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UNCG Resident MFA Faculty & Visiting Writers

Alumni from the MFA Writing Program at Greensboro have gone on to teach or direct writing programs at such places as the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Cornell University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Florida State University, and the University of Arkansas.

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UNCG MFA Admission & Assistantships

The MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a two-year graduate program that admits four-to-seven poets and four-to-seven fiction writers each academic year. Our program is full-time and residency for classes is required. Because the program is so 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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