Creative Writing, MFA

The MFA in creative writing at ASU has always been an unswervingly student-first program. Through small classes, intimate workshops, or one-to-one mentoring, the centuries-old apprenticeship model thrives within the New American University. Poets and fiction writers work with an outstanding faculty that has published more than 80 books and has garnered national and international attention through awards that include:

  • Guggenheim, Howard Foundation, and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships
  • Pulitzer Prize
  • International Griffin Poetry Prize
  • Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets
  • two Medals of Achievement from the National Society of Arts and Letters

Additionally, in concert with the Master of Fine Arts program, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing offers students a variety of creative and global fellowship opportunities each year, including two teaching fellowships in Singapore; four to five global residency fellowships to study and write abroad; one to two fellowships to provide summer funding for writing; and other generous forms of support that include graduate assistantships and travel scholarships.

Furthermore, students have access to a variety of professional development opportunities, including serving on the editorial board of an international literary journal, Hayden's Ferry Review, and internships with Four Way Books.

Degree Offered

Creative Writing, MFA
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of


Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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