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MFA in Creative Writing

    Creative Writing faculty in Shanks Hall

Virginia Tech’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program began in the fall of 2005, and graduated our first full class of students in the spring of 2008. In the ten years since the program started, we’ve been consistently ranked among the top 30 programs in the country by Poets & Writers in their MFA rankings.

Our three-year curriculum offers tracks in poetry and fiction, and is based upon the recommendations outlined by AWP for creative writing graduate programs—but our MFA also includes a professional focus, with extensive pedagogical training in both composition and creative writing, courses in literary editing and new media creative writing, and seminars on publishing and ‘Life after your MFA.’

Our program is small—we admit 3-4 students a year in each genre—and we pride ourselves on the diversity and rigor of our program, our respect for students’ voices, our financial support for our students, the individual attention students receive from faculty, our robust Visiting Writers Series, and the accomplishments of our faculty. Our students and alumni are exceptional; they have completed and published books, received prestigious awards and fellowships for their writing, and gone on to further success as writers, teachers, and professionals.

Our program at a glance:

  • All students equally and fully funded through Graduate Teaching Assistantships, with annual stipends of more than $16,000, which includes full tuition remission, and health insurance for all three years of the program
  • $1,000 Emily Morrison Prize in Fiction, $1,000 Emily Morrison Prize in Poetry, and other MFA writing awards offered each year
  • No teaching first semester; all students teach composition in their first two years, and creative writing in their third year; teaching load is 0-1, 2-2, 2-1
  • Cross-genre work encouraged; opportunities to take courses in creative nonfiction, new media writing, and playwriting
  • Opportunities for editorial positions on the minnesota review and The New River

The faculty members in our MFA program at Virginia Tech are accomplished, prize-winning, innovative, and diverse: Fred D'Aguiar (on leave 2015-16), Ed Falco, Nikki Giovanni, Bob Hicok (on leave 2015-16), Jeff Mann, Erika Meitner, Lucinda Roy, and Matthew Vollmer.

For more information about the program, contact Erika Meitner, MFA Program Director (


For program information

Erika Meitner
Director, MFA in Creative Writing
(540) 231-7728

Aileen Murphy
Assistant Director, Creative Writing
(540) 231-4747

For information on the application process

Sally Wieringa
Support Staff, Graduate Programs
(540) 231-4659

Mailing address

Department of English MC 0112
Shanks Hall 323
181 Turner Street NW
Blacksburg VA 24061 

Graduate School Admissions

Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown MC 0325
155 Otey Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8636