Creative Writing Professor Cathy Wagner reading at Writers Harvest event. Professor Cathy Wagner at Writers Harvest

Residential Master of Arts (MA) in Creative Writing

Small, intensive and supportive, merging a playful approach to contemporary experimentation with an ambitious exploration of literary traditions, Miami's workshop-based program draws students from across the country and beyond to classes in creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, multimedia and performance writing. 

The program’s core consists of four practice-oriented workshops focused on student writing. MA writers also take three literature seminars (usually in contemporary British and American literature) and a course devoted to questions of theory and practice. An annual week-long sprint course allows students to work intimately with distinguished visiting writers such as Rae Armantrout and Charles Baxter. Every aspect of the program—especially the close mentorship of faculty writers—is designed to nurture the composition of a publishable full-length work of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction by the end of the second year of study.

Miami MAs enjoy successful writing careers (recent graduates have sold first books to Alfred A. Knopf, Random House and Harcourt) as well as careers in university teaching, public service, editing and publishing. Please visit the Alumni Achievements page for more information.

Funding Opportunities

Almost all students admitted to the MA program in Creative Writing hold generous Graduate Assistantships (which include a summer stipend), teaching first-year composition in Miami’s renowned rhetoric and composition program. Non-teaching assistantships may also be available. Opportunities to teach creative writing are available during the second year, and several MA writers annually are awarded creative writing internships in China.


Writers participate in a stimulating literary climate on a campus Robert Frost called the prettiest in America. Miami’s lively reading series hosts a dozen eminent and emerging writers yearly and includes a yearly symposium on translation.


Director of Graduate Creative Writing Program, Catherine Wagner

Director of English Department Graduate Program, Madelyn Detloff