Creative Writing Programs

Creative Writing Programs interested in Speculative Literature

Emory University: Undergraduate creative writing program. SF author Jim Grimsley is on faculty.

Nottingham Trent University: The BA in English with Creative Writing introduces students to the intricacies of writing including plot, characterization and narrative study and enables them to develop their own craft and talent. The MA in Creative Writing is one of the UK’s longest established postgraduate creative writing courses. It is taught by practicing professional writers with wide experience of the publishing industry.

Seton Hill University: The creative writing specialization in the English major provides students with varied opportunities for creative work in a supportive, energized environment in which they are encouraged to practice writing in different genres, from poetry to science fiction or romance, in order to gain the broadest possible experience in writing for different audiences. Seton Hill University’s unique Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction teaches students to write marketable novels in popular genres like mystery, romance, science fiction, horror, and fantasy. Additional specialties include literature for children and adolescents, and cross-genre blends like romantic suspense or young adult mysteries. Students attend two week-long, on-campus residencies each year to master the core elements of fiction writing and effective marketing and to gain inspiration from faculty mentors and special guests, all published authors in genre fiction. Established authors mentor students one-on-one as they work toward completing a market-ready manuscript from home. Readings, classes, and on-line discussion about the history, trends, and techniques of genre fiction add depth to the student’s experience.

Northwest Institute of Literary Arts: “The Whidbey Writers Workshop Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA) Program is the first in the country – and perhaps in the world – to be offered not by a college or university but by an organization of writers. In this, it resembles many free-standing arts institutions offering degrees in music, art, dance and theater. Authorized by the Washington State Student Achievement Council (formerly the Higher Education Coordinating Board), WWW MFA classes began in August of 2005. In August of 2007 the Workshop celebrated its first graduation. The Northwest Institute of Literary Arts is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) ( DEAC, a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) (, is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.”

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Columbia University: The Undergraduate Creative Writing Program and MFA program

University of Michigan: English with Creative Writing Sub-concentration and Helen Zell Writers MFA program

Hamilton College: Undergraduate English and Creative Writing

New York University: Undergraduate Creative Writing Program, Graduate Creative Writing Program, and Low-Residency MFA Writer’s Workshop in Paris

Washington University: Undergraduate Creative Writing and MFA Program

John Hopkins University: The Writing Seminar’s Undergraduate and MFA Program

University of Iowa: Undergraduate Creative Writing Program and Creative Writing MFA English