Creative Writing MFA Programs in North Carolina

Creative writing can be a fulfilling choice for those desiring an artistic career. An MFA degree may be a viable option for honing the craft. The article below explores the Creative Writing MFA programs available among North Carolina schools. Schools offering Creative Writing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

University of North Carolina Wilmington

UNCW offers an MFA in Creative Writing, a three-year program that focuses on the areas of both fiction and creative nonfiction. The university hosts a variety of workshops to aid students in breaking into the industry and boasts a mentorship program with the well-known publisher -- HarperCollins.

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

NC State University's MFA in Creative Writing program takes two years to complete and stresses small class sizes and individualized attention. Students have a chance to complete an apprenticeship under experienced writers. The program involves a mix of workshops and classes, culminating in a thesis project.

Queens University of Charlotte

The MFA in Creative Writing at Queen's University is a two-year program and combines both the on-campus and online experience for their students by offering a week-long residency and distance learning for the remainder of the academic year. Students can also gain valuable real-world experience by applying to be part of the university's student-staffed literary publication, Qu.

University of North Carolina Greensboro

UNC Greensboro's MFA in Writing is a two-year program with classes in writing, literature, and publishing. The program emphasizes workshops, with students getting feedback on their work from resident faculty, distinguished guests of the university, and even other students.

Warren Wilson College

Warren Wilson College offers a two-year MFA for Writers program that utilizes an inclusive and collective learning approach while alternating between on-campus and distance learning. While the program includes more traditional literature classes, it focuses more on students' artistic intentions rather than teaching ambitions.

Lenoir Rhyne University

Lenoir Rhyne University offers a two-year MA in Writing program (designed for creative writers and/or teachers) and a Graduate Certificate in Narrative Healthcare (online only), that offers several disciplines that combine writing and the medical field. Both programs offer internships to provide students with real-world experience.

School NamePrograms OfferedTuition (2019)*
University of North Carolina WilmingtonMFA in Creative WritingFor 9 or more semester hours: $3,748.27 for in-state or $10,642.97 for out-of-state, including fees
North Carolina State University at RaleighMFA in Creative WritingFor 9 or more semester hours: $5,836.30 for in-state or $14,499.30 for out-of-state, including fees
Queens University of CharlotteMFA in Creative Writing$692 per credit hour
University of North Carolina GreensboroMFA in WritingFor 12 or more semester hours: $4,100 for in-state or $10,959 for out-of-state, including fees
Warren Wilson CollegeMFA for Writers$9,400 for the entire semester, plus $564 for residency fees
Lenoir Rhyne UniversityMA in Writing and Graduate Certificate in Narrative Healthcare$610 per credit hour, not including fees

*School websites

MFA Program Application Requirements

Applicants who wish to be accepted into any of these post-graduate writing programs will need to complete an application, submit an application fee and send a copy of their transcripts. In addition to these application requirements, most schools will also require a writing sample, a personal essay, and several references or letters of recommendation. For the writing sample and personal essay, the contents and length requirements for both of these items normally depend on the school and the type of writing the applicant wishes to pursue. For example, an applicant who is interested in poetry will likely require a shorter writing sample and/or essay than an applicant interested in writing fiction novels. Though less common, some schools may also require applicants to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and submit their scores as part of their application packet, though cut off scores are not normally used when reviewing the application packets.

When it comes to North Carolinian postgraduate education in the field of creative writing, many options offer a tailored experience depending on your career ambitions. Other factors, such as tuition rates, application requirements, and the availability of distance learning, can be useful tools in making the best choice regarding where to get your degree.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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