Creative Writing

The Creative Writing program at Florida International University was named among the "Ten Best in America" in a Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook article in 1994. Since that time, the accomplishments of its widely published faculty and alumni have grown exponentially. Awards to faculty include a Macarthur "Genius" grant, New York Times best-selling status, and New York Times Notable Book of the Year and "Editors' Choice" awards.

We offer the Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing and a track in Creative Writing in the BA in English. For more information on the MFA admissions and requirements, please visit our MFA page here.

For more information on the English major and track, please visit the Course Catalog.

Alumni publications have been named on multiple occasions to New York Times best-seller lists and have won such awards as The Iowa Short Fiction Award, The Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, and status as a Pen Hemingway Award finalist.

The program was recently named the recipient of a major grant establishing 2 Knight Fellowships in Creative Writing yearly. Recipients receive an annual stipend of $15,500 and are selected from among the pool of all applicants for Teaching Assistantships within the program.

The program has the simple operating philosophy of helping put talented writers across all genres in contact with their intended audiences.

You can read about recent activities, publications, and honors of the MFA faculty, students and alumni in our MFA News section or by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Learn more about the Richard Blanco Fellowship in Creative Writing here.