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MFA at Carolina


Our graduate program in creative writing is a three-year program leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree. We offer the intimacy of a small program with the advantages of a larger English department.

Students work closely with our nationally and internationally published writing faculty and have opportunities to study with top literary scholars, interact with visiting writers, and gain experience in both teaching and literary editing. We offer tracks in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, and all of our MFA students receive financial support. Our community of writers consists of dedicated faculty and students who have come to Carolina to commit themselves to the writing and study of literature. Many of our students begin publishing during their time here.


MFA News

  • We are delighted to welcome National Book Award-winning poet Nikky Finney to our faculty.
  • The 2014 season of The Open Book will feature visits by Martin Amis, Jennifer Egan, Charles Johnson, Yiyun Li, and David Mitchell.
  • This past year MFA students took master classes with Elmore Leonard, Marilynne Robinson, John Banville, Aleksandar Hemon, Nicole Krauss, Tea Obreht, Kevin Young, Susan Cheever, and others.
  • Congratulations to Professors Samuel Amadon, David Bajo, Jim Barilla, and Ed Madden on recent and forthcoming books!
  • Samuel Amadon and Liz Countryman have launched Oversound, a new poetry journal, as well as the Oversound Poetry Reading Series.
  • We'll be attending the AWP conference in Seattle. Stop by our booth and say hello.
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