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MFA - Creative Writing Program

MFA Creative Writing

Accepting Applications for Summer/Fall through March 15.

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The paradoxical truth about writing


Writing demands both solitude-time alone to think and write-and a community of colleagues to sustain that work too.  The low-residency MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte is expressly designed to meet both of those demands.

Designed to benefit committed writers who want to hone their craft without uprooting their lives, the Queens MFA program brings together experienced and emerging writers for intensive seven-day residencies on campus twice a year and connects students and teachers online through the rest of the year as they work on their writing in the privacy and comfort of their own homes. With courses of study in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen, the MFA program offers a community of writers in-residence and online who share the immersive experience over four semesters of intense study and writing.

In keeping with Queens' long-standing commitment to excellence in teaching, the MFA program also provides a highly personalized course of study, with a student-teacher ratio that never exceeds four-to-one.  As the first low-residency program (and still one of the only low-residency programs) to use a workshop model in both distance learning and on-campus residencies, the Queens MFA program is committed to forming and sustaining a community of writers. 

And with an extensive alumni network and biennial alumni conferences featuring small workshops with influential editors and agents, the Queens MFA program offers a community of writers that extends beyond graduation.

Application Deadlines

Spring:    October 1
Summer: March 1
Fall:          July 1

Program Staff:

Fred Leebron
Program Director

Melissa Bashor
Administrative Director

Gisele Firmino
Latin America Coordinator

Buffa Short
Program Assistant

Program Office:
111 McEwen Hall

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Award-winning MFA Faculty are slated to host a residency, and an alumnus's freshly published novel received positive reviews from The New York Times. Read More

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MFA Residency Welcomes Talented Faculty and Students, Congratulates Graduates

During the week, MFA students will continue honing their craft through various collaborative workshops and presentations. Graduating students will present their theses, and on Saturday, May 28, they will participate in a formal commencement ceremony. Read More

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News of novels just published and forthcoming by MFA faculty and alumni. Read More

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2016 SIBA Book Award

Faculty Member David Payne and Alumna Leigh Ann Henion Long-Listed for the 2016 Pat Conroy Prize Read More

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MFA Alumna Amy Bagwell Inspires Others through "The Wall Poems of Charlotte"

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Sarah Creech: An Evening of Fiction

The Arts at Queens welcomes you to listen to Sarah Creech, assistant professor of English and creative writing at Queens, read, from her new novel, "The Whole Way Home," as part of the English Department Reading Series.  View Event

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