The Program is a three-year, full-time residency program.
The list of visiting faculty is a highly distinguished one, including such internationally recognized names as Colm Toibin, Tomaž Šalamun, Peter Carey, Denis Johnson, Richard Ford, and Jorie Graham.
One of the most distinguished writers on the faculty is the internationally celebrated Kenyan novelist, Ngugi wa Thiong’o.
The well-known American novelists Richard Ford, author of The MFA Program in Creative Writing is one of two creative writing programs offered by Cornell University’s English Department. Best known as the former American home of the great Russian-American novelist Vladimir Nabokov, today the English Department at Cornell is graced by the presence of one of our finest contemporary writers, Alison Lurie, author of (Random House, 1984), among many other distinguished novels.
And, in fact, there is a surprising degree of consensus about at least some of the programs which belong on any list of the top 10.
There is little doubt that the University of Iowa’s Program in Creative Writing (more commonly known as the Iowa Writers’ Workshop), which is a two-year residency program, is the premier graduate creative writing program in the country.
The faculty is of truly stellar quality, including the world-famous novelists E. Doctorow, Breyten Breytenbach, Zadie Smith, Junot Diaz, Mary Gaitskill, and Jonathan Safran Foer, as well as the equally distinguished poets Sharon Olds, Anne Carson, Charles Simic, and John Ashberry.
The literary journal The Michener Center for Writers hosts an MFA in Writing Program on the University of Texas campus in Austin.
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