At the core of the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing at ASU are small classes, intimate workshops and three semesters of practicum—one-on-one mentoring tailored to address your writing needs. Program faculty have published more than 80 books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction and have received national and international recognition.
The Creative Writing Program at ASU has been able consistently to offer MFA students among the best funding packages in the nation through teaching and research assistantships, which are renewable for each of the program's three years. Additionally, in concert with the CWP, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing offers a variety of graduate assistantships, international writing and teaching scholarships, and thesis fellowships to continuing students. We also offer the Swarthout Prize. Our MFA Reading Series brings notable writers to ASU for lively literary discussion. Our alumni have gone on to win additional fellowships and awards and had their work appear in books and the most highly regarded literary journals in the country.
The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is an actual and symbolic home for poets and fiction writers, an oasis in the heart of the campus. It provides a vibrant Distinguished Visiting Writers Series.