Creative Writing, M.F.A


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. 


  • UNC Greensboro’s Creative Writing program is one of the oldest and most distinguished in the country.
  • The residential 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.
  • Graduates have published more than 200 works of poetry and fiction since 2008.
  • Many graduates have received prestigious literary prizes. For example, MFA alumna Kelly Link was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist in fiction. 


  • The program is kept intentionally small, enabling students to work one-on-one with faculty in a close-knit community of writers.  
  • 18-24 hours in writing courses are required, including workshop courses for poetry or fiction and tutorials in writing where students work one-on-one with members of the faculty. 
  • The program offers fully funded graduate assistantships, including out-of-state and in-state tuition, health insurance, and a stipend. 
  • Students serve as fiction and poetry editors for “The Greensboro Review,” the program’s literary journal for more than 50 years. 
  • Each year the faculty also invites writers and editors to visit the campus for readings, workshops, and master classes with MFA students.


  • Alumni from the MFA Writing Program at Greensboro have gone on to teach or direct writing programs at such places as Clemson University, Colorado State University, Cornell University, Florida State University, the University of Vermont, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
  • Graduates have continued their literary careers with a variety of awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and the Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award, and numerous grants including those from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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  • For a full list of application instructions, visit 
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are no longer required for admission to this program.
  • Students must submit a writing sample of fiction or poetry to be reviewed by all faculty members in the genre. The primary decider of admission is the student’s writing sample. 

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Program Details

Degree Type: Master's

College/School: College of Arts and Sciences

Program Type: Majors & Concentrations

Class Type: In Person

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Terry Kennedy
Director of MFA in Creative Writing
Department of English