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  • All applications and supporting material must be submitted by 12:00 noon (CST), December 1. We admit students for the Fall semester only.  
  • Use this checklist to confirm a complete application to the MFA Program in Creative Writing: Application submitted online...
  • If writing feels as necessary as breathing, this major is for you.
  • Through our program, writers shape their literary voices, develop distinctive styles, and intensify their written, critical, and editorial skills.
  • Students in our MFA program specialize in fiction or poetry and complete at least 12 units (or 48 hours) of coursework.
  • Ninth Letter is the University of Illinois’ award winning literary arts journal, edited by faculty and students in the Creative Writing Program....
  • The undergraduate Creative Writing major at the University of Illinois, formerly known as the Rhetoric major, is one of the oldest of its kind in the country. Now in its seventh decade, the major...
  • Our three-year MFA program provides students with graduate study and professional training in the writing of fiction and poetry with our distinguished graduate faculty.