The Best Universities for Creative Writing Courses

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The Best Universities for Creative Writing Courses
Creative writing programs teach primarily fiction and poetry. (pencil image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from Fotolia.com)

Creative writing classes are offered through faculties of creative writing within English departments at colleges and universities across the United States. The best colleges in the United States at which to take creative writing courses have low faculty-to-student ratios, excellent master of fine arts (M.F.A.) programs and well-regarded faculty with quality published works.

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University of Iowa

Online resource Education Portal and writing resource Poets & Writers rank the University of Iowa's creative writing program as number one in the United States in 2010. The University of Iowa was the first school in the United States to teach creative writing at the university level; the first class was taught in 1897. Graduates of the university's two-year Writer's Workshop M.F.A. program have won a collective 17 Pulitzer Prizes. The workshop grants participants master's degrees in fiction or poetry. Undergraduate classes and workshops are available through the workshop in creative, fiction and poetry writing.

Graduate Program in Creative Writing The University of Iowa 102 Dey House Iowa City, IA 52242-1408 319-335-0416 uiowa.edu

The Best Universities for Creative Writing Courses
The University of Iowa has the oldest program in the country. (pencil image by AGphotographer from Fotolia.com)

The University of Virginia, Charlottesville

The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, creative writing program is ranked second in the country by Education Portal and third by Poets & Writers. The highly exclusive M.F.A. program accepted 12 of 630 applicants for the 2010-2011 academic year. Courses are offered in poetry, fiction and short story writing, as well as desktop publication. Undergraduate courses in fiction, poetry and expository writing are available through the program, and are taught by second-year students in the graduate program.

Department of English University of Virginia 219 Bryan Hall, PO Box 400121 Charlottesville, VA 22904 434-982-4317 engl.virginia.edu

The Best Universities for Creative Writing Courses
The University of Virgina program teaches desktop publication, as well as writing classes. (pencil image by AGphotographer from Fotolia.com)

University of Michigan--Ann Arbor

The University of Michigan is Education Portal's top graduate school for creative writing in the United States, and is ranked second in the country by Poets & Writers. Undergraduate courses in creative writing and introductory composition are, as with the University of Virginia classes, taught by students in the graduate program. The graduate program accepts students with a concentration in poetry or fiction based on the strength of a portfolio, and aims to expose participants to the many approaches to the craft and art of writing.

U-M Department of English Language and Literature 435 South State Street, 3187 Angell Hall Ann Arbor, MI 48109 734-764-6330 lsa.umich.edu

The Best Universities for Creative Writing Courses
The University of Michigan exposes students to writing's many approaches. (pen image by Rog999 from Fotolia.com)

New York University

Ranked within the top 10 nationally by Education Portal and Poets & Writers, the creative writing program at Manhattan's New York University is a good school for those looking to casually take creative writing classes while pursing other academic fields, on account of the strength of its faculty. Writers currently with the program are E.L. Doctorow, Zadie Smith and Jonathan Safran Foer, as well as poets Sharon Olds, Yusef Komunyakaa and Anne Carson, all of whom are highly acclaimed, award-winning authors.

NYU Creative Writing Program Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House 58 West 10th St. New York, NY 10011 212-998-8816 cwp.fas.nyu.edu

The Best Universities for Creative Writing Courses
NYU is well suited to the casual creative writer. (pen ballpoint image by Pali A from Fotolia.com)

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