Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus


Instructions: Residential/On Campus


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 nonfiction. Students will have the opportunity to gain editorial experience by working on multiple literary journals, and our program offers extensive pedagogical training and teaching experience.

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

Our three year MFA degree offers tracks in Poetry and Fiction. Our program is based upon the recommendations outlined by the Association of Writers & Writing programs. We also focus on professional skills with our extensive pedagogical training in both composition and creative writing, as well as an offering of courses in literary editing, new media, and publishing.

Why Study Creative Writing Here?

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

Faculty Research Interests

- Novels & Short Stories

- Playwriting

- Literary and Experimental Short Fiction

- Electronic Literature

- Poetry


- Writing for Children

- Nonfiction Prose

- Poetry



-Dark Matter

-Getting Paid for Crying

- Appalachian Literature

- Celtic and Norse Literature and Mythology

- Civil War History

- Gay and Lesbian Literature

- Greek and Roman Literature and Mythology


- Creative Writing

- Documentary Poetry

- Jewish Studies

- Poetics

- Poetry


- Fiction

- Poetry

- Prosody

- Creative Non-Fiction

- Higher Education Reform & Campus Safety

- Fiction

- Nonfiction

- Prose Poetry

- Hybrid Forms & Collage

- Multimedia Narrative


- Feminist Poetry & Poetics

- Creative Non-Fiction

- Translation

- Latinx Poetry & Poetics

- Fairy Tales and Foklore


- Creative Writing

- Contemporary Literature

- Fiction

- Creative Nonfiction

- Narrative Theory


Creative Writing (M.F.A.) Program 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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Related Programs

Students who have questions about applying to the MFA in Creative Writing can contact our department by phone at 540-231-4659, or the Creative Writing programs director, Erika Meitner, by email at or by phone at 540-231-7728.

All Applications Due January 16 for Fall admissions

Contact Us

Erika Meitner

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

Department of English

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