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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, 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

  • This year's visitors include Dave Eggers, Ron Rash, Eliza Griswold, Tony Hoagland, George Saunders, Kate Christensen, Mary Szybist, Teju Cole, Chang-rae Lee, Joe Oestreich, Jessica Handler, and literary agent Peter Steinberg.
  • We are pleased to announce that we have eliminated our MFA comprehensive exam and foreign-language proficiency requirement in order to give our students more time to write.
  • Last year our MFA students took master classes with Martin Amis, Jennifer Egan, Charles Johnson, Yiyun Li, David Mitchell, Susan Cheever, and several others.
  • Samuel Amadon and Liz Countryman have launched Oversound, a new poetry journal, as well as the Oversound Poetry Reading Series. Stay tuned for upcoming house readings.
  • We are delighted to welcome National Book Award-winning poet Nikky Finney to our faculty, and to announce that David Bajo will serve as next MFA director. (Professor Bajo's newest novel, Mercy 6, will be out this September!)