Creative Writing at UBalt
WRITE fiction, nonfiction and poetry in an MFA program named one of the most distinctive in the country by
Poets & Writers magazine.
GRADUATE with the professional-level skills to write, edit, publish and promote your best work.
BECOME part of a dynamic, creative community at the heart of Baltimore's artistic district.
- FIND your voice and learn to make it heard!
2023 Plork Prize Winners
Sarah Berger (pictured, left) and Felicity Fox, both 2023 graduates of the MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts program, were chosen by the MFA faculty as the 2023 Plork Prize co-winners. Berger and Fox "demonstrated key elements of what we in the MFA program call 'plorking'—playing, working, creating with abandon, helping others with joy," says Betsy Boyd, MFA program director. Read more about the 2023 Plork Prize winners.
- Click the video to watch highlights from the 2023 MFA Gradaute Reading and Book Fair
- Click the video to watch highlights from the 2022 MFA Gradaute Reading and Book Fair
2020 Graduates' Book Cover Images
Hear what our alums have to say...
"Writing, to me, is home. It is a messy, loud, way too bright, often chaotic—crayon scribbles on the wall and hot-pink bubblegum under the couches, never quiet, welcoming place. The talented professors in the MFA program gave me the tools I needed to organize my 'home.' They let my writing remain big and loud, but helped me rein in some of my more wild ideas. The crayon scribbles remain, but now I know when to scrape the bubblegum off. I am graduating with a completed book that I am incredibly proud of, a supportive writing community, and gratitude to myself for choosing UBalt's Creative Writing & Publishing Arts program."
-Emily Hansen, MFA '20
"I chose UBalt because it really felt like a family and fostered an environment that gave me the opportunity to express myself and expand my horizons as a writer and a person."
-Abby Shaffer, MFA '16
"I chose UBalt’s MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts because it was the only program that let me explore my love for book arts and fiction simultaneously."
-Bryonna Sieck, MFA '20
Those Who Fly
"I chose the MFA program at UBalt because it's one of a kind. The program doesn't just focus on the writing, it focuses on the writer. It increased my confidence exponentially. I can't recommend this program enough!"
-Erin Drew, MFA '16
This Is How I Thought Things Were Done
“ More than anything else, UBalt's program allowed me to work with amazing writers and editors. It's really the friends and colleagues I made there who pushed my own work to a better place. ”
-Justin Sanders, MFA '16
For All the Other Ghosts
Entrepreneur says he wishes he had taken a creative writing course in college
In a recent Wall Street Journal article, entrepreneurs share some of the key skills they wish they had learned in school instead of on the job. For Dennis Vu, co-founder and CEO of Ringblaze, an Irvine, California provider of business-phone solutions, that skill was creative writing. Vu estimates that about half of his time is spent writing, whether emails to users or prospective investors or blog posts. Being able to write more eloquently, concisely and persuasively would make his job easier.
“It would have helped me quite a lot with marketing, creating some of my own content and working on building my brand,” Mr. Vu says. He currently uses ghostwriters to write blog posts under his byline that he helps create, but he would like to be able to write them himself. “While it’s easier than ever to find a ghostwriter, it would be great to sit down and write my own content, share my own thoughts and have my own personal blog.”
Read the full article: "The College Courses Entrepreneurs Wish They Had Taken"
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