University of Iowa

The M.F.A. Application

Weekend June 22 to June 23 2019

Every writer applying for an M.F.A. struggles to know how to put together a strong application, especially if you’re the first family member to apply to graduate school, or if you’ve been away from academia, or if you weren’t an English major. What goes into the application from the cover letter, to the resume or c.v., to recommendation letters and the personal statement, and of course, what should the writing sample look like? This workshop considers the entire portfolio process, shares common mistakes and oversights, including organizing an application timetable.


Above all, this workshop focuses on writing, but with the most specific academic audience in mind, creative writing faculty members.

(Note: the instructor is a former M.F.A. program director who attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and received a Ph.D. at the University of Houston).


In this workshop we will provide feedback on writing you bring from home or produce in our weekend.