IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

MFA in Creative Writing

 

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FIRST GRADUATING CLASS FROM IAIA’S MFA IN CREATIVE WRITING!

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Crisosto Apache, Jeff Carnett, Darlene Naponse, Reuben Ironhorse-Kent, Byron Aspass, Lee Roberts, Paige Buffington, Celeste Adame, Teri Tibbett, Ramona Emerson, Tim Dorsey, Penny Perkins, Alice Crow, Jamie Figueroa (not pictured)

 

The Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts

We are building on the success of our undergraduate Creative Writing program. Our Bachelor of Fine Arts and Associate of Fine Arts alumni have gone on to graduate from over a dozen graduate programs and have produced over two dozen published books of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and plays.

There are approximately fifty Low Residency MFA Programs in the U.S. The Institute of American Indian Arts’ program is modeled on the most successful of these, with one important difference: IAIA’s mission “to empower creativity and leadership in Native arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning, and outreach” means that the program and the literature we read carry a distinct Native American and First Nations emphasis. Over 60% of our faculty mentors are established Native American or First Nations authors. Our program is open to everyone, but the focus will remain aligned with our unique mission.

IAIA faculty mentors are a dynamic group of writers who have won, among many other awards, Lannan Literary Awards, Whiting Awards, a National Book Award, a ScotiaBank Giller Prize, a PEN/Faulkner Award, a PEN/Hemingway Award, a PEN Open Book Award, a United States Artist Fellowship, and a Donald Hall Prize from the Associated Writing Programs.

Faculty mentors include Sherman Alexie, Pam Houston, Joan Kane, Sherwin Bitsui, Natalie Diaz, Melissa Febos, Linda Hogan, Santee Frazier, Geoff Harris, Chip Livingston, Eden Robinson, Ken White, and Orlando White.

You can apply online or through the mail. The deadline for priority consideration is February 1 to begin the following July; however, applications are accepted until June 1. For more information, see How to Apply here.

The Institute of American Indian Arts’ Low Residency MFA program is among the most affordable MFA programs in the country. For a detailed accounting, visit the Tuition and Fees page here.

To learn more about this graduate program, please contact: Jon Davis, Director at jdavis@iaia.edu

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