M.A. in English: Creative Writing

The field of Creative Writing is diverse and involves the writing and publishing of poetry, fiction, narrative nonfiction, and screenplays. The Creative Writing faculty at the UNC Charlotte seek to familiarize aspiring writers with the techniques and theories of their chosen genre. Integral to a creative writer’s experience at UNC Charlotte is the workshop where students share work and comment on the work of their peers. Also important are issues of craft, the literary history of a writer’s genre, and the culture of publishing (book, magazine, and online).

Our Creative Writing faculty at UNC Charlotte have achieved national distinction and have appeared in such publications as American Poetry Review, Esquire, Denver Quarterly, Crazyhorse, McSweeney’s, Glimmer Train, Colorado Review, North American Review, Quarterly West, Gettysburg Review, Columbia Poetry Review, New Stories from the South, and many others.

Our creative writing faculty have won such awards as the AWP Poetry Award andthe Poets & Writers Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award in Fiction. The faculty hold MFAs/PhDs from Vanderbilt, University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and the University of Denver.

Students completing the M.A. Concentration in Creative Writing will be well-prepared for M.F.A. and Ph.D. programs in the field.


Click here for information about 1. guidance regarding MFA programs; and 2. the capstone experience in creative writing, including descriptions of the project and thesis options, as well as samples of prospectuses, help with critical introductions to creative work, and other helpful materials.