Our three-year curriculum offers tracks in poetry and fiction. We encourage cross-genre experimentation through workshops in new media creative writing, playwriting, and creative non-fiction. You will also gain editorial experience in our literary editing course and extensive teaching experience.

7-9 students admitted each year
100% of students are fully funded
3:1 student to faculty ratio
0 teaching the first semester
What is an MFA Degree in Creative Writing?

Our three-year MFA degree offers tracks in poetry and fiction, and is based upon the recommendations outlined by the Association of Writers & Writing Programs. We also include 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.

Why Study Creative Writing Here?

We consistently rank among the top 30 best MFA programs in the country by Poets & Writers. Our students are fully funded through graduate teaching assistantships, which includes annual stipends, full tuition remission, and health insurance program for all three years of the program.

M.F.A. in Creative Writing Highlights

MFA Student & Alumni Bookshelf

Our MFA students and alumni have published numerous books and chapbooks, and regularly publish new work in literary journals. For our most up-to-date publications, please see our VT MFA Facebook page.

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MFA bookshelf
Literary Awards

Virginia Tech Fiction Prize

Virginia Tech Poetry Society of Virginia Award

Creative non-fiction nomination

Emily Morrison prize for fiction

Emily Morrison prize for poetry 

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Interested in our three-year curriculum with tracks in poetry and fiction, and working across genres in creative non-fiction, playwriting, new media creative writing, and literary editing?

Prospective students, please call Erika Meitner at 540-231-7728 or email: meitner@vt.edu.

Visit our Blacksburg office at 410 Shanks Hall, 181 Turner Street NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Domestic Application

*Fall: January 16

International Application

*Fall:  January 16

*Deadline for admission with full consideration for funding:  January 16

Contact Us

Program Inquiries:

Erika Meitner
Director, M.F.A. in Creative Writing
410 Shanks Hall
(540) 231-7728

Application Inquiries:

Sarah Helwig
Graduate Programs Coordinator
310 Shanks Hall
(540) 231-4659

Department of English

Shanks 323 (0112)
181 Turner Street NW
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061