Contact & Location


Department of English

Physical Address:
Brink Hall 200
(208) 885-6156 phone
(208) 885-5944 fax

Mailing Address:
English Department
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho

Ernest Hemingway with text "M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing"

Creative Writing MFA

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at the University of Idaho is an intense, three-year course of study that focuses on teaching, learning and foremost on the craft of writing. It is the terminal degree for those wishing to teach creative writing at the college or university level; it is also among the credentials expected of those seeking employment in arts administration, editing, advertising, public relations and related fields.

The curriculum provides practical training in fiction, poetry and/or creative nonfiction, as well as the chance to work in editing and publishing. The program is small by design; graduate workshops generally have 10 to 15 students enrolled. Our faculty are themselves practicing, publishing and award-winning writers. Teaching assistantships, as well as fellowships, are available to the most qualified applicants.

Students from our program consistently publish their work in the nation’s leading literary magazines such as the The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, The Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, Tin House,, Orion, Antioch Review, The Kenyon Review, River Teeth, The Missouri Review, Gulf Coast, Creative Nonfiction and numerous other publications. Likewise, our students have won several AWP Intro Awards, Pushcart Prizes, the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers distinction, and have been finalists for the National Magazine Award, the PEN/USA Award, and the Atlantic Monthly creative writing contest.

Thanks to a generous gift from Lynne McCreight we have established the Hemingway Fellowship which is awarded annually to a graduate fiction student in his or her third year. The purpose of the Fellowship is to give the student the time and space to work on a book-length work of fiction.

This year’s winner is Max Eberts. Born in Washington, D.C., Max grew up living overseas, primarily Europe, as a result of his father’s career as a military and foreign service officer. He received his BA from Rice University in art history and classics. He spent fifteen years in the corporate sector, most recently, before attending the University of Idaho, he worked as a client strategist in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Houston office, managing the development of white papers and proposals in both their energy and healthcare advisory divisions. He is presently working on a novel with the working title Berlin Stories, about a young expatriate living in Berlin before, during and after the fall of the Wall. 

The MFA Program’s goal is to establish Fellowships for both poetry and nonfiction. For more information on the fellowship or for information on how you can contribute, please visit us online.

Previous Hemingway fellows:
Eric Severn (2013-2014)
Loren Landrus (2012-2013)
Terry Lingrey (2011-2012)
Steve Heim (2010-2011)