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University of North Carolina Wilmington

MFA in Creative Writing

Contact Information:

UNCW Department of Creative Writing

601 S. College Rd.

Wilmington, NC 28403


Program director/contact: Lavonne Adams

Phone: (910) 962-3436


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Program Information:

Degrees offered: MFA

Type of program: residency

Length of program: 3 years

Genres: creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry

Enrollment: 75

Total credits required: 48

Application deadline: January 5

Scholarships: yes (see website)

Assistantships: yes (see website)

Core faculty: Lavonne Adams, Wendy Brenner, May-lee Chai, Mark Cox, Clyde Edgerton, Phil Furia, Philip Gerard, David Gessner , Nina de Gramont , Rebecca Lee, Beth Staples, Malena Mörling, Anna Lena Phillips, Robert Siegel , Emily L. Smith, and Michael White

Visiting faculty: Cristina García, Allan Gurganus, Elizabeth Kostova, ZZ Packer, Donna Tartt, Diana Hume George, Melanie McGrath, Terry Tempest Williams, David Wright, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Carolyn Forché, A. Van Jordan, Timothy Liu, Mary Ruefle, Gerald Stern

Publishing/editing courses: yes (see website)

Literary magazine: Ecotone

Literary imprint: Lookout Books

Reading series: Creative Writing Reading Calendar

Recent visiting writers: Hope Edelman, Jason Mott, Natasha Tretheway, Cynthia Huntington, Bob Reiss, Bill Roorbach

Program description: Our MFA program—an intensive, three-year studio-academic experience in the writing of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction—joins students who share a common passion and faculty members who provide critical support of their work. The faculty of the Department of Creative Writing view MFA students as colleagues-in-the-making. To help initiate them into the profession, we offer a series of panels and workshops designed to address practical issues that lie outside the scope of the writing workshop.

Our faculty members consider it a privilege to teach in such a community, and our invitation to successful candidates to join our MFA community is an equal privilege and should be regarded as such. We do all that we can to mentor our MFA students to successful lives as writers; in return we ask that they contribute something of value to our writing community.


last updated 9/18/2014