MFA in Creative Writing

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The Masters of Fine Art in Creative Writing allows you to balance academic coursework in English with the study of creative writing. Students participate in writing workshops in fiction and poetry, undertake coursework in literary periods and types, and study critical theory. MFA candidates also present an MFA thesis: a minimum of 30 poems or 5 short stories of at least 60 pages, 5 essays of at least 60 pages or 80 pages of a novel or memoir.

The MFA program at Northern Arizona University allows you to: 

  • live and write in Flagstaff while working on your MFA in Creative Writing
  • focus on poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction
  • enjoy intensive instruction with dedicated professors

In addition:

  • our selective admission ensures small, high-quality workshops
  • applications are reviewed year-round
  • graduate assistantships and tuition waivers are available (selection begins in early February: for first consideration of your GA application, submit all materials by February 1 st .)

How to apply

Degree Plan

For more information about the creative writing program, contact Dr. Nicole Walker, Assistant Professor of English. 

Please see the academic catalog for the most recent information regarding courses. 

The NAU academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the catalog as the official, authoritative source. 


Graduate assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are available on a limited basis. These are very competitive positions where you teach composition for the University Writing Program. In your GTA application statement, please describe how any previous experience will convey to your teaching. You do not necessarily need to have taught previously but you should be able to persuade your readers of your ability to teach. Please express your interest and commitment to teaching composition (e.g. creative writing samples or your general love of literature won't help). 

Also, please as your letter writers to address your teaching potential in their letters of recommendation.  Learn more about the available graduate assistantships.

Thin Air Magazine 

Thin Air Magazine, the graduate student literary journal, celebrates its 20th year anniversary. Run entirely by students in the MFA program, the magazine invites you to join its editorial staff. 

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