The MFA in Creative Writing at Chapman University is the most aesthetically diverse program you’ll find anywhere, with more genre options for students. Our faculty include award-winning writers Mark Axelrod, Richard Bausch, James P. Blaylock, Alicia Kozameh, Anna Leahy, Martin Nakell, and Tom Zoellner. At Chapman University, we write nestled between the mountains and the ocean, with sunshine almost every day of the year.
Our MFA students begin with a common course called Aspects of a Writer that introduces the practice and business of the writer’s life. Students read great literature and write fiction, poetry, nonfiction, or even screenwriting and can work in more than one genre and in digital modes. The MFA program culminates with a thesis guided by a faculty mentor. All courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening.
Three competitive fellowships are awarded each year with full tuition scholarship and a stipend of $18,000 per year. These fellowships are renewable for a second year and require no work obligation so that students can put their writing first. In addition, the program offers one full tuition scholarship and one half tuition scholarship to incoming students each year. Graduate Teaching Assistantships and innovative Graduate Assistantships with literary projects and in campus offices such as Chapman Magazine are available for select students in the second year of study. Our program beyond the program is unbeatable, with the Tabula Poetica reading series and WordTheatre every fall, the John Fowles Literary Forum of international writers every spring, and an international poetry journal on which MFA students work as readers and book reviewers.