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MFA Creative Writing: Admissions

Apply to the low-residency MFA Creative Writing Program at Queens University in Charlotte.

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Application for the Creative Writing MFA Includes:
  • Complete Academic History
    At least one official transcript will be required. The MFA Admissions office will communicate further instructions after you submit application.
  • Personal Statement
    One single-spaced page in length, which speaks to what you expect to get out of the program and what you hope to bring to it.
  • The Name of One Reference
    willing to provide a letter of recommendation
  • Writing Sample in each genre in which you are applying.
    • Fiction and Nonfiction portfolios should be about 25 double-spaced pages.
    • Writing for Stage and Screen portfolios should be 25 formatted pages.
    • Poetry portfolios should be 10 single-spaced pages. Please place only one poem per page for poems less than a page long.
    • Submit one document per genre, regardless of the number of individual pieces included in the sample for that genre.
    • Pages should be numbered, and the applicant’s name and the title and genre of the piece should appear in the header or footer of each page.

Submit a $50 application fee. You’ll receive instructions for paying this fee after submitting application.

Application Deadlines

Summer Entry: March 1 Extended to March 15
Fall Entry: July 1
Spring Entry: October 1

Learn program costs on the Graduate Tuition page.

International Students

We welcome international students. International students are responsible for securing the necessary visas, and you may be asked for other documentation in support of your applications. All international students applying to the MFA program must demonstrate proficiency in English in the work submitted in their application portfolios.

Queens accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). International students are also required by the Immigration and Naturalization Services to submit a confidential certified financial statement indicating the amount of funds available for their education in the United States.

Reach Out

We’re happy to help. For information about the program or application process, contact us at 704-337-2499 or [email protected] We invite you to attend an information session as well.

Queens University of Charlotte

Poetry: Cathy Smith Bowers, Morri Creech, Bob Hicok, Marcus Jackson, Ada Limón, Rebecca Lindenberg, James McKean, Jon Pineda, Robert Polito, and Claudia Rankine,
Fiction: Ann Cummins, Jonathan Dee, Elizabeth Evans, Elizabeth Gaffney, Myla Goldberg, Zachary Lazar, Fred Leebron, Naeem Murr, Jenny Offill, David Payne, Susan Perabo, Patricia Powell, Steven Rinehart, Elissa Schappell, Dana Spiotta, and Ashley Warlick
Nonfiction: Kristin Dombek, Emily Fox Gordon, Suzannah Lessard, Jim McKean, and Jon Pineda
Writing for Stage and Screen: Hal Ackerman, Khris Baxter, Peter Behrens, Trish Harnetiaux, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Brighde Mullins, and Daniel Pinchbeck

Faculty for the Latin American track of the program:

Poetry: Ada Limón and Orlando Menes
Fiction: Carolina De Robertis, Mary Gaitskill, Cristina Garcia, Francisco Goldman, Manuel Gonzalez, Fred Leebron, Chris Offutt, Nelly Rosario, Maxine Swann, and Héctor Tobar
Nonfiction: Francisco Goldman, Chris Offutt, Maxine Swann, and Héctor Tobar
Writing for Stage and Screen: Chris Offutt
Young Adult: Cristina Garcia

The program offers a concentration in writing for stage and screen, in addition to American concentrations in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Students in the Latin Amerian track of the program can also concentrate in young adult writing.

Students attend two weeklong residencies each year, in January and May, at the Queens University campus in Charlotte, North Carolina. Students in the Latin American track of the program attend a 15-day residency each July/August, which rotates each year between Buenos Aires, Argentina; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Santiago, Chile. The 2022 residency will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Students may transfer between Charlotte and Latin American tracks.

The program hosts a biennial alumni conference that offers small workshops with editors and agents. Other features include the post-graduate Book Development program, during which students work on a manuscript with an editor from a major press.

The application deadline is March 1 for the summer term, July 1 for the fall term, and October 1 for the spring term. Please check the program website for more information.