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Department of English Language and Literature


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MFA Program 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 and fiction, 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

  • This year's visitors include Claudia Rankine, Etgar Keret, Maria Semple, Nuruddin Farah, Anthony Doerr, Paul Auster, Jenny Offil, and Celeste Ng.
  • MFA Professor Elise Blackwell’s fifth novel, The Lower Quarter, will be published this September by Unbridled Books.
  • Mark Powell's (MFA 2001) third and fourth novels, The Dark Corner and The House of the Lord, were published this year by the University of Tennessee Press and Kitsune Books. He is associate professor of creative writing at Stetson University.
  • Brian Ray (MFA 2008) has accepted a tenure-track appointment as Director of Composition at the University of Arkansas. His first novel, Through the Pale Door, was published in 2011 by the Hub City Writers Project.
  • Matt Boedy (MFA 2009) has accepted a tenure-track position in the English Department at the University of North Georgia.
  • Ashley Strosnider (MFA 2012) is the managing editor at Prairie Schooner in Lincoln, NE.