Which MFA?

The University of Texas at Austin is fortunate to have two MFA programs in creative writing: the New Writers Project, which is supported by the English Department, and the Michener Center for Writers. Though the programs share faculty, workshops, seminars and visiting writers, they also have distinct differences in terms of specialization, funding and teaching opportunities. We typically accept three poets and three friction writers into the program each year for a total of eighteen students and the Michener Center for Writers typically has a cohort of twelve poets and fifteen fiction writers at a time.

The major difference between the two programs is 1. NWP students teach in literature and creative writing contexts, while MCW students have no teaching duties and 2. MCW students are required to work in two genres, while NWP students, although they may elect to work in second genre, are not required to work in multiple genres.

Please note that both MFA programs have completely separate admissions processes. Some applicants choose to apply to both programs, while other applicants find that only one of the two programs meets their needs. Information about the Michener Center for Writers can be found on their website.


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    Department of English
    204 W 21st Street B5000
    Austin, Texas, 78712-1164
    (512) 471-4991