IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

MFA in Creative Writing



The 2015 application deadline for priority consideration has passed. We will, however, continue to accept applications for the wait list.

Next MFA Residency will be held July 25-August 2, 2015, click here…

Information on the Residency-ONLY option can be found by clicking here…

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 75% 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, Sherwin Bitsui, Amanda Boyden, Joseph Boyden, Natalie Diaz, Melissa Febos, Santee Frazier, Sterlin Harjo, Geoff Harris, Joan Kane, 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 mfa@iaia.edu.

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