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MFA in Creative Writing

We are one of the premier MFA programs in the Midwest, supported by a lively literary community in the country’s 12th largest metropolis, Indianapolis. 

Within our 36-hour studio MFA program, we will design a curriculum just for you, based on your artistic and professional interests in fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Our electives include screenwriting, young adult fiction, literary editing, publishing, and teaching creative writing. As a full-time student, you can finish program requirements—10 mostly evening courses and six hours of formal thesis work—in two years.

You’ll have opportunities to edit content for our literary magazine or small press, have coffee or a meal with guests of the Visiting Writers Series, and work with top-flight, full-time faculty. The Efromyson Center for Creative Writing, one of the few such dedicated writing centers at any university, provides a cozy home for classes, quiet writing space, or after-hours socializing. Many graduates say they “never want to leave” the program, noting our emphasis on community over competition.

Come join us as we make a new home for creative writing in the Midwest.


Student Success

Our students and alumni are a widely diverse group—in age, genre interests, and professional backgrounds. But they all love writing and enjoy supporting each other as writers, and we don’t mind bragging about them. Click through to see where they’re publishing and working.

A New Home for Writing in the Midwest

The Efroymson Center for Creative Writing, formerly an elegant private residence, hosts MFA courses, poetry luncheons, public readings, and literary discussions. It provides workspace for our student-run publishing and service efforts, and an apartment for visiting writers.

Focus on Service 

All MFA candidates participate in service projects. Some mentor high school storytellers through Writing in the Schools or coach kids in grades 3–12 in our summer camps and Saturday Bridge sessions. Our new Creative Writing for Wellness Initiative has provided an opportunity for our students to teach in hospitals, senior citizen centers, alternative high schools, and prisons.

Faculty Publications

All our faculty, including adjuncts, are actively publishing writers with strong regional and national reputations in their fields. We have six full-time tenured faculty in creative writing, who have published more than 20 books and countless shorter works in literary and popular journals.