Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Kirstie E.
Kirstie E. Class of 2018, Military Veteran


Earn your MFA from home. No residency is required.
Join an expansive alumni writing community.
Tell your own service story.

Program Overview

On Campus Online

Develop advanced creative writing skills in fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting with the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. You’ll be guided through a final project consisting of a publishable thesis in the area you’ve chosen as your specialty. The program is excellent preparation for a professional career in writing, publishing, or filmmaking, and is an essential academic qualification if you plan to teach writing at the college or university level.

You’ll work with experienced and published writers on our faculty team to learn writing for fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction, and screenwriting. Your teachers will guide you in refining your own creative practice and in achieving academic success. You’ll contribute to the publication of the student literary journal, the GNU, and will participate in seminars that foster creative and critical debate.

Program Highlights

  • 100% online creative writing program
  • No residency requirement
  • Focus in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or screenwriting
  • Rolling admissions; apply and start any time of the year
  • Genre fiction and young adult fiction friendly
  • Intensive eight-week workshops with highly-published instructors
  • Extensive elective choices in literature, pedagogy, or additional workshops in a secondary genre
  • Work one-on-one with faculty member to write a publishable quality manuscript
  • Growing worldwide alumni community

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Meet Our Faculty

Why Choose National University?

We’re proud to be a veteran-founded, San Diego-based nonprofit. Since 1971, our mission has been to provide accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners. Today, we educate students from across the U.S. and around the globe, with over 170,000 alumni worldwide.

Four-Week Classes

Focus on one subject at a time — one month at a time — and finish your degree faster.

75+ Degree Programs

Choose from associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, plus credentials and certificates.

On Campus or Online

Study when and where it’s convenient for you with evening, weekend, and 100% online classes.

Year-Round Enrollment

Apply or transfer any time. Classes start monthly, and applications are accepted year round.

20+ Campus Locations

Attend class onsite at one of over 20 campus locations across California or in Nevada.

Military Friendly

As a Yellow Ribbon school, we offer tuition discounts to servicemembers and dependents.

College of Letters and Sciences

“Our faculty are established scholars and creators in their own fields. They are dedicated to making your entry into their disciplines a successful one, preparing you for your career as well as graduate study.”
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