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Creative Writing MFA Landing Tablet
Poet Derrick Brown helps DC locals and youth find their creative voice through poetry and spoken word. From stage to workshop to classroom, he guides on matters of self-expression, promotes talent at open mic nights, and connects young writers to the local creative community.
Derrick Brown
MFA Creative Writing, ’04; Creative Writing Teacher and Mentor; Founding Poet-In-Residence, Busboys and Poets

Are you passionate about writing? Do you dream of becoming a published author? Interested in collaborating with other budding writers in workshops? 

The MFA in creative writing was designed with you in mind. Whether you’re interested in poetry, creative nonfiction, or fiction, you are free to pursue a variety of genres as an MFA student at American. 

In our master’s degree program, you will: 

  • Study poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
  • Collaborate with talented professors and creative peers.
  • Find the inspiration, resources, and focus you need to achieve your goals.

Join the district’s only creative writing MFA program.

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Connect with your peers and grow as a writer in multiple workshop genres during your course of study at American. Students take workshops in advanced fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.
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We partner with organizations throughout the District to facilitate opportunities for you. Our partners include the National Endowment for the Arts, Library of Congress, 826DC, Writopia Labs, Letras Latinas, and the Folger Shakespeare Library.


As a graduate student at AU, you’ll have access to resources and opportunities only Washington, DC, can provide. Join a collaborative community of writers and poets in this vibrant city.
"The MFA at AU was one of the very best gifts I ever gave myself. That's how I see it. I found out I could stand on my feet in both poetry and fiction workshops, and to this day I write in both genres."
Elizabeth Poliner
MFA ’94, Tenured professor at Hollins University, author of Mutual Life & Casualty, work published in The Kenyon Review, Other Voices, Ascent, and The Soutern Review
"I have this to say about the American University MFA program: it changed my life. I was capable of stringing words together when I entered the program, but did not have perspective a writer needs in order to sit with her work—and herself—as the material takes on a life of its own."
Sarah Priestman
MFA ’91, Teacher at Fairfax County Public Schools, work published in Washingtonian and many other publications
"Going through the MFA program at AU was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself as a writer."
Livia Kent
MFA ’03, Managing editor at Psychotherapy Networker, work published in Common Boundary, Mangrove, Poetry Motel, and Scribble