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Northern Michigan University

MFA in creative writing, MA in writing

Contact Information:

1401 Presque Isle Ave.

Marquette, MI 49855


MFA program director: Jennifer A. Howard

MA program director: Russ Prather

Phone: (906) 227-2711

MFA email:

MA email:

Program Information:

Degrees offered: MA, MFA, BA

Type of program: residency

Length of program: 3-year MFA, 2-year MA

Genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry

Enrollment: 20

Total credits required: 48

Application deadlines: February 1

Scholarships: no

Assistantships: yes (see website)

Core faculty: Jon Billman, Matthew Gavin Frank, Jennifer A. Howard, Austin Hummell

Publishing/editing courses: no

Literary magazine: Passages North

Reading series: Visiting Writers

Recent visiting writers: Tom Bissell, Roxane Gay, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Kwame Dawes, John D'Agata, Richard Ford, Tim O'Brien, Lan Samantha Chang, Elizabeth McCracken, John McNally, Nahid Rachlin, Jim Harrison, Donald Hall, Mary Clearman Blew.

Program description: Northern Michigan University, located on the Lake Superior shore of Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula, offers a three-year MFA degree in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction, as well as a two-year MA in writing, literature, pedagogy, or theater. Teaching assistantships are available in both programs, as well as travel opportunities, summer grants, and internships with Passages North. All full-time students are issued laptops.

Candidates in creative writing are selected primarily on the basis of the portfolio. If you don't already have an MA, applying to both programs increases not only the chance of admission but opportunities for funding. Because we have small MFA program and a large MA program, students get the benefit of both a tight community and a varied classroom experience. MFA students produce a book-length manuscript, working closely with one of our delightful and talented faculty members.

NMU grads have published work with Knopf and Penguin, continued on to both literary and creative PhD programs, found full-time teaching positions, started literary magazines, and more.

Marquette, Michigan, a bike-friendly town even in the snowy winter, is surrounded by some of the country's most stunning forests and water.


last updated 9/18/2014