News & Accolades
MFA alumni books to be television series: Shawna Kenney '07 (produced by Vince Vaughn) & Jason Mott '08 (produced by Brad Pitt)
MFA student book trailers! Michelle Crouch, Chrissy Hennessey & Drew Krepp
Karen Bender publishes new novel, A Town of Empty Rooms
Books published by our students and alumni
The MFA in Creative Writing
Our MFA program—an intensive, three-year studio-academic experience in the writing of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction—joins students who share a common passion and faculty members who provide critical support of their work. The faculty of the Department of Creative Writing view MFA students as colleagues-in-the-making. To help initiate them into the profession, we offer a series of panels and workshops designed to address practical issues that lie outside the scope of the writing workshop.
Our faculty members consider it a privilege to teach in such a community, and our invitation to successful candidates to join our MFA community is an equal privilege and should be regarded as such. We do all that we can to mentor our MFA students to successful lives as writers; in return we ask that they contribute something of value to our writing community.
Our MFA in creative writing program was named third in the nation for creative nonfiction in the 2012 MFA rankings in Poets & Writers magazine. The magazine has also recently ranked UNCW’s overall creative writing program as one of the top 25 MFA programs in creative writing in the nation.
The MFA program was named one of the "Five Top Innovative/Unique Programs in Creative Writing" in The Atlantic magazine's 2007 Fiction Issue.