MFA Creative Writing
Write boldly. Read thoughtfully.

» MFA in Creative Writing

The MFA in Creative Writing at Chapman University encourages students to write boldly, read thoughtfully and live vibrantly. Our students and our faculty are here to bring big ideas to life in words and deliver those words to the world.

Whether you’re interested in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screenwriting or a combination of genres, the MFA at Chapman University invites you to write better than you ever thought you could.

The exciting coursework ranges across literary and critical studies, creative writing, journalism, rhetoric and composition, digital humanities, creative and cultural industries, and linguistics. Our vibrant programs beyond the classroom include the John Fowles Center for Creative Writing, Tabula Poetica, the Chapman University-Orange High School Young Writers Workshop, and Pub(lishing) Crawl, all of which host events open to the public.

For further information on degree prerequisites, admission requirements, and a list of courses view the Graduate Course Catalog.

If you’re interested in applying to our MFA program or collaborating with our creative writing faculty or students, feel free to contact us. We’d be happy to talk with you.

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Interested in Applying?

Watch our "How to Apply to MFA Programs" event. Our MFA in Creative Writing Program hosted a recent webinar for individuals interested in our program, as well as creative writing graduate programs in general. We shared tips on statements of purpose, letters of recommendation, writing samples, and more.

Contact Us

Anna Leahy, Ph.D
Director, MFA in Creative Writing

David Krausman
Graduate Programs Coordinator
(714) 516-7116

Sharnique Dow
Graduate Admission Counselor
(714) 997-6770

For additional admission information, please contact:
Office of Graduate Admission
888-CU-APPLY or (714) 997-6711