M.A./M.F.A. Program with Kingston University (UK)

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M.A./M.F.A. Dual Degree Program in Creative Writing

UNC Charlotte's Department of English has partnered with Kingston University London's creative writing program to create a dual degree program in creative writing.  This intensive, accelerated program in English studies and creative writing offers dedicated students the opportunity to complete two degrees in two years: an M.A. in English from UNC Charlotte and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Kingston University.  They’ll study with faculty at two universities and live in two vibrant cities in two countries.

Students will be immersed in the study of the art and craft of creative writing and literature at both universities, completing book-length works of poetry or prose. In addition, students will have teaching opportunities at Kingston and an introduction to the professional world of publishing and editing in the London region. Both Charlotte and London offer rich, lively literary cultures with myriad readings, events, and workshops, and opportunities for community engagement. Recent writers visiting the Charlotte area include Nikky Finney, Tracy K. Smith, Amy Bloom, George Saunders, Angie Thomas, Carolyn Forché, Tony Earley, Jill McCorkle, Hanif Abdurraquib, Terrence Hayes, David Sedaris, and many more.  Recent speakers, writers-in-residence, and guests at the Writers’ Centre Kingston include Astra Papachristodoulou, Winsome Pinnock, Max Porter, Deborah Levy, C.D.Wright, Elif Shafak, Hanif Kureshi, Anna Pasternak, Samira Ahmed, Kate O’Riordan, Ann Fisher Wirth, Ghazal Mosadeq, and many others.

Students in the program who successfully complete their first year of study in Charlotte will be awarded a £5000 scholarship to help defray costs of Kingston University's tuition.  For more information about Kingston University's M.F.A., click here.

The pursuit and practice of creative writing is a lifelong journey. Why not double down on your goals and jump-start the process?


   Diran Adebayo

 Bryn Chancellor

 James Miller
 Adam Baron  Chris Davis

 Helen Palmer

 Wendy Vaizey  Aaron Gwyn  Steven J. Fowler

UNC Charlotte affiliate faculty in creative writing include Elizabeth Gargano, A. J. Hartley, and Allison Hutchcraft.

Plan of Study

In the first year, at UNC Charlotte, students will take four creative writing workshops (at least one outside of their genre), two literature courses, a course in critical theory, and an elective.  At UNC Charlotte, you can take special topics in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.  Recent courses include such topics as Documentary Poetry, Forms of Fiction, All Angles of Perspective Fiction Workshop, and Writing Our Diversity Poetry Workshop.

In the second year, at Kingston University-UK, students take modules in Advanced Writers Workshop, Teaching Creative Writing, and Reading for Writers, while also attending readings, presenting their work, and writing their dissertations.

How to Apply

Students must have a B.A. in English or substantial coursework in English courses; some creative writing courses are desirable but not required. 

Applications are made online through the Graduate School at https://gradadmissions.charlotte.edu/apply by February 1.  Materials include an application and fee, transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, three academic letters of recommendation (preferably from instructors who can address your writing achievements and potential), and a statement of purpose (750 words maximum) tailored to this program, addressing whether you are applying in poetry or fiction, your interests in writing and ambitions, your background and reasons for applying for this program, and how you are suited to handle an intensive program with an accelerated pace.  Check this out from the University of Arizona: Best Practices for Applying to Graduate Study in Creative WritingPlease note that we do not require a standarized test score for admission.

You must submit a scholarly writing sample, per the instruction here: <https://english.charlotte.edu/programs/graduate-program-information/admissions>.  Additionally, a creative writing sample (in .pdf format) should be uploaded as part of your application.  If you are applying in fiction, please submit stories or part of a novel (with a synopsis, if the latter) of 20-30 double-spaced pages in Times Roman font with one-inch margins; if you are applying in poetry, please submit 10-15 single-spaced pages in Times Roman font with one-inch margins.

Please note that students admitted to the UNC Charlotte MA program are conditionally admitted to the KU MFA provided the student meets all UNC Charlotte requirements during the first year. They must perform satisfactorily, and complete all 24 credit hours, at UNC Charlotte before continuing on to KU to complete the MFA requirements.  This is a full-time residency program; part-time status or online courses are not options. Fall admission only.

Questions? Dr. Lara Vetter [LVetter@uncc.edu], Director of Graduate Studies