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Uva creative writing club

Uva creative writing club

What moves you—athletics? Literature? Chess? Salsa dancing? At UVA, you’ll find a wealth of opportunities to create your own unique experiences, find your niche and follow your passions. From arts and athletic events to over 800 clubs and organizations, the only option you won’t have is boredom.

By the Numbers

Courts, Fields and Recreation Centers

A Tradition of Service

UVA was founded to promote the public good, and our students reflect this shared sense of purpose: (1) 80% of students engage in service during their years at UVA; (2) each year, through Madison House, students volunteer over 100,000 service hours; (3) UVA students make up disproportionate numbers in the Peace Corps and Teach For America; and (4) for over twenty years, students have independently managed and participated in the popular Alternative Spring Break program, which focuses on a service opportunity in the US or abroad.

The Arts

As a UVA student you’ll be able to participate in creative pursuits at every level—from collaborating in writing groups to performing in musical and dance ensembles to participating in exhibitions and performances.

You’ll also receive free or discounted tickets to many arts events and student performances, including those of our many a cappella singing groups, which are part of the fabric of life on Grounds.

Sports and Fitness

The University maintains a combined 17 courts, fields and recreation centers, and every day you’ll find people engaged in athletic activity—from pick-up volleyball to weekend hiking expeditions on the Appalachian Trail, which passes only a few miles from the University.

Fraternity and Sorority Life

Greek organizations have a strong history of service and partnership within the UVA community and the larger community in which we live. Today’s fraternities and sororities provide a diverse range of personal growth opportunities for an equally diverse group of University students.


The University of Virginia’s Creative Writing Program offers a master of fine arts in poetry and fiction writing, undergraduate English concentrations in poetry and literary prose, and elective coursework at the undergraduate and graduate levels. If you are just beginning, we have 2000-level classes in our undergraduate curriculum that are open enrollment (though some sections are restricted to first- and second-year students). Intermediate and advanced writers can take courses from our full-time faculty by instructor permission, and citizen scholars can also apply. See our undergraduate page for more information or view our current course offerings here.

At the graduate level, we offer one of the best MFA programs in the country with award-winning faculty and alumni whose poetry and prose is in print or forthcoming from some of the top houses and prizes.


In the News

Rabih Alameddine wins PEN/Faulkner in Fiction

We are excited to announce that Rabih Alameddine, UVA’s Kapnick Foundation Distinguished Writer-in-Residence, has been selected as the winner of the 2022 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for his novel The Wrong End of the Telescope (Grove Atlantic).