The MFA at UNCW is a 48-hour apprenticeship, requiring a total of 21 hours of writing workshops, 21 hours of literature or other elective courses, and 6 thesis hours, leading to completion and defense of a substantial book-length manuscript of literary merit and publishable quality. While students apply in and focus primarily on one genre, cross-genre study is encouraged. Coursework in editing and publishing is offered through our book publishing imprint, The Publishing Laboratory. Coursework in magazine production is also offered in conjunction with Ecotone and Chautauqua, our department's national literary magazines.
Our MFA students and alumni have published books with major commercial and university presses (Crown, Random House, Algonquin, St. Martin's, University of Nebraska Press), and have contributed dozens of poems, stories, articles and essays to many of the nation's finest periodicals, including The Paris Review, Boulevard, The Oxford American, Glimmer Train, The Iowa Review, American Short Fiction, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Ms., GQ, The Minnesota Review, the Ontario Review, the Cimarron Review, the Mississippi Review, Puerto del Sol, the Vermont Literary Review, and the Princeton Arts Review. See recent alumni career placements here.
The Sept./Oct. 2013 issue of Poets & Writers named UNCW’s MFA in Creative Writing program one of the nation’s top fifty writing programs. UNCW also claimed the no. 3 spot in creative nonfiction. Our MFA students and alumni have published books with major commercial and university presses (Crown, Random House, Algonquin, St. Martin's, University of Nebraska Press), and have contributed dozens of poems, stories, articles, and essays to many of the nation's finest periodicals, including American Short Fiction, Boulevard, the Cimarron Review, The Cincinnati Review, the Crab Orchard Review, Glimmer Train, GQ, The Iowa Review, The Minnesota Review, the Mississippi Review, The Missouri Review, Ms., the Ontario Review, The Oxford American, The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, Princeton Arts Review, Puerto del Sol, The Southern Review, the Vermont Literary Review, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. Our alumni have also held prestigious residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Jentel, The MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and the Harwood Museum of Art.
For more information on the MFA program contact:
Mark Cox, MFA Program Coordinator
Kenan Hall 1207
Department of Creative Writing
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5938