The Master in Fine Arts (MFA) in Writing Program is for writers of all genres—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and playwriting—as well as for artists who work with both image and text. Unlike more conventional graduate writing programs, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) Department of Writing provides the following:

  • Distinguished faculty with expertise in every genre of writing, including fiction, nonfiction, and playwriting. Our students receive more one-on-one faculty contact than other programs and work closely with our faculty from the moment they begin the program. Writing students can explore playwriting, the craft of writing screenplays, fiction and non-fiction, poetry and journalism will benefit from the wealth of knowledge of SAIC's esteemed faculty members.
  • Situated within an acclaimed school of fine art and design, students have the opportunity to enhance their practice with interdisciplinary study. Writing students are encouraged to develop a plan of study and work with advisors from any area of the school—be it performance, film, sculpture, or art history—that best supports and promotes their continued growth.
  • SAIC's Writing program emphasizes process, and students learn to sustain their careers as artists through seminars and one-on-one advising. The program is not situated within an English department, allowing students to experience a shift in thinking, more directed toward the process of creating.
  • A variety of opportunities exist for writing students to intersect with the institution, the museum, and its affiliate organizations. Teaching assistantships, in which graduate writing students teach introductory First Year Seminar courses through the Department of Liberal Arts, are available each semester.

In the final semester, students submit a substantial body of completed work representing artistic activity over the span of the program. Students are invited to read from their thesis and to publish excerpts in the annual, student-edited publication Collected. Writing students with a visual practice present their work in the Graduate Exhibition.

Interested in learning more?

Continue to explore the Writing Department website to learn more about our curricular offerings, faculty, students, alumni, and more or visit the Master of Fine Arts in Writing (MFAW) degree program section to get detailed information about the MFA in Writing program or schedule a tour.

Interested in learning more about how you can apply?

Visit the graduate admissions website or contact the graduate admissions office at 800.232.7242 or