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Applications Open for our IndieMFA in Creative Writing Program!

by Writing Workshops Staff

3 weeks ago

Applications Open for our IndieMFA in Creative Writing Program!

by Writing Workshops Staff

3 weeks ago

IndieMFA in Creative Writing

The IndieMFA program at combines the best elements of a low-residency MFA with a strong focus on the art and craft of writing. This unique structure prepares advanced writers to meet the demands of the publishing marketplace while providing the flexibility needed to balance their writing education with other commitments.

Unlike traditional MFA programs, which can be challenging to complete while working full-time, our IndieMFA program allows you to complete your coursework online. This remote learning format provides the convenience and flexibility you need to integrate your studies into your busy life while also being a fraction of the tuition for most traditional and low-res MFA programs.

Our IndieMFA Faculty

Our IndieMFA roster of part-time faculty members for both online and destination retreats includes award-winning poets, novelists, and essayists who work across and between genres. Current and past faculty includes Ramona Ausubel, Marie-Helene Bertino, Kelly Luce, Chloe Caldwell, Christine Pride, Brandon Hobson, Morgan Talty, Ethan Joella, Alyssa Songsiridej, Mary South, Isaac Fitzgerald, Chloé Cooper Jones, Stewart O'Nan, Diana Spechler, Karen E. Bender, James Tate Hill, Robert Anthony Siegel, Sandra Lim, Elissa Bassist, Amber Sparks, Yara Zgheib, Mark Gottlieb, Virginia Reeves, Kyle Minor, Jill Talbot, Michelle Kicherer, Sarah Herrington, and more.

Our rigorous curriculum and expert faculty ensures that you receive top-tier instruction in writing and literature, equipping you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in the competitive publishing industry. The IndieMFA program at is designed to help you develop your writing to its fullest potential and prepare you for a successful career as a published author.

Official Education Partner of Electric Literature

IndieMFA in Creative Writing at is an official education partner of Electric Literature, and we are the home for writers who want to strengthen their voice,develop a greater understanding of craft, and forge a path to publication along the way. 

Student Success

Since our founding in 2016, our students have signed with agents, published books, gone on to funded MFA programs such as The Iowa Writers' Workshop, The Michener Center for Writers,Syracuse, Michigan, NYU, Columbia, Brooklyn College, UC-Irvine, and have been awarded fellowships from the Tin House Workshop, The Vermont Studio Center and The Elizabeth George Foundation, among others, and have won literary awards for their writing.

IndieMFA Destination Retreats

Our IndieMFA program incorporates in-person residencies with our line-up of destination writing retreats around the world. Our retreats gather an intimate group of serious-minded writers for an intensive week of workshops, craft seminars, one-on-one conferences, and in-depth discussions on the craft and business of writing with a full schedule of afternoon and evening activities that bring each location to life. We travel to incredible locations including as Iceland, Ireland, Tuscany, Paris, Dublin, New York City, Hawaii, Vermont, Santa Fe, New Orleans, and more.

Learn More and Apply Now!

You can see all of our upcoming IndieMFA Programs here and apply now!

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