The MFA in Creative Writing at Chapman University encourages students to write boldly, read thoughtfully, and live vibrantly.
We’re here to make something. To explore options as we discover the hundreds of ways a draft doesn’t work, the dozens of ways it shouldn’t work, and the one way it could work better than anything we’ve written before.
We’re here to put in the time. Hours in thought. Hours in books. Hours on the keyboard. Hours talking with each other about how to create something extraordinary.
Our students and our faculty—Mark Axelrod, Richard Bausch, James P. Blaylock, Alicia Kozameh, Anna Leahy, Mildred Lewis, Martin Nakell, and Tom Zoellner—are here for big ideas. To bring them to life in words and deliver those words to the world.
Whether you’re interested in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, or a combination of genres, the MFA at Chapman University invites you to write better than you ever thought you could.The MFA is designed so that you can create a portfolio of possibilities for your life. When the world asks us what we can write, we answer: anything imaginable.
Why this MFA?
- The most aesthetically wide-ranging faculty of any MFA in the country.
- More genre options for students, including Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Screenwriting, and Experimental Writing.
- Well-published, award-winning authors: Mark Axelrod, Richard Bausch, Jim Blaylock, Alicia Kozameh, Anna Leahy, Mildred Lewis, Martin Nakell, Tom Zoellner.
- Six competitive fellowships (three each year) with full tuition waiver and a stipend of $18,000. These fellowships are renewable for a second year and require no work obligation so that students can put their writing first. Limited full-tuition scholarships are also available.
- Graduate Teaching Assistantships and innovative Graduate Assistantships for select students in the second year of study.
- WordTheatre and the Tabula Poetica Reading Series every fall, the John Fowles Center Reading Series every spring, and Pub(lishing) Crawl in April.
- Dynamic Visiting Writers: Isabel Allende, Victoria Chang, Carolyn Forché, Karen Joy Fowler, Pico Iyer, Maxine Hong Kingston, Kim Stanley Robinson, Rebecca Skloot, and more.
- Aspects of a Writer, an innovative course that introduces students to the large writing life.
- Digital Humanities, the cutting-edge of English studies.
- Flexible Scheduling, with classes offered in late afternoon and evening and part-time options.
- Our MFA alums find employment in related fields of writing, marketing, and teaching and are publishing their work in journals, magazines, and books.
The culmination of each MFA student's degree program is a book–length thesis project of distinction. For further information on degree prerequisites, admission requirements and a list of courses view the Graduate Course Catalog.