UAA Campus is Open

We are pleased to report the UAA Anchorage campus will open on Wednesday, Dec. 5, following last Friday's earthquake. The Chugiak-Eagle River Campus will remain closed, but classes will resume in alternative locations. Students should check UAOnline for their new meeting location. As you return to campus, we encourage you to check the web page for important safety tips and resources about how to submit work requests to facilities for repairs. Please continue to check our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates.

How to Apply

Our MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Arts is a wonderfully unique program. Do you love to read? Do you dream of living the writing life? We are currently accepting applications for the incoming summer cohort. Applications must be submitted no later than January 15th.

Learn About the Application Process


Say it, before it melts like hoar in the winter sun. - Eva Saulitis

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) at the University of Alaska Anchorage is a low-residency program in creative writing that emphasizes a literary approach to exploring and redefining relationships between people and place. We take advantage of the North's boundless terrain to help writers discover their own place in the world. This philosophy encompasses a landscape of memory, family, and culture, making it possible to imagine anything and to write about it—from the local to the global, from the personal to the communal, and from the unlimited mind to the infinite universe.

The MFA is a 45-credit degree program taken over a three-year period. One course, worth five-credits each, is taken each semester for nine semesters. The course work culminates in a book-length thesis of creative work accompanied by a critical essay and an annotated bibliography. The accredited degree program offers studies in three genres: Fiction, Literary Nonfiction, and Poetry that will teach students how to master craft, read the classic works that define the evolution of their genre, and develop skills to balance the demands of life with the discipline of writing.

Learn more about the MFA in Creative Writing
2018 Northern Renaissance Arts & Sciences Evening Reading Schedule

Lance Olsen

Keynote Presentation by Lance Olsen, July 9th at 8pm in UAA Fine Arts Building,

RM 150.

CWLA Summer Residency

The Residency allows students and faculty to immerse themselves in the work of writers: reading, writing, and sharing ideas. The classes and workshops are informative, intensive, and inspirational. Students have the opportunity to learn from every faculty member, in every genre, while discovering which mentors are best suited for their own work. Everyone, faculty and students, gathers informally at most meals and the entire group shares several meals including the informal "graduation" ceremony.

The Residency is the exhausting and exhilarating highlight of the year.  It is during the Residency that students and faculty establish a sense of community that sustains them throughout the rest of the year. 

The 2018 Summer Residency begins Saturday, July 7th and ends Thursday, July 19th.

What to Expect in Anchorage What to Expect at UAA Northern Renaissance Arts & Sciences Reading Series


Kachemak Bay Conference


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For insight into our MFA community, feel free to visit the unofficial blog.

Commonplace Blog
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