Creative Writing at UB
WRITE fiction, nonfiction and poetry in an M.F.A. 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!
Annual M.F.A. Graduate Book Fair and Reading
At the end of each academic year, the graduates of the M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts program host a book festival and reading where they present their final thesis projects—books that they wrote, designed and produced themselves. The graduates also perform selections from their books and offer them for sale during the event.
The 2020 Graduate Book Fair and Reading was held virtually. Check out the 2020 Author Catalogue to learn more about the authors and find links to their websites, where you can order their thesis books.
2020 Plork Award Winners
Jeremy Boyd, MFA '20, and Bryonna Sieck, MFA '20, are the recipients of the 2020 Plork Award. The Plork Award honors a graduate student whose work best exemplifies the spirit of the M.F.A. program, exhibiting extraordinary creativity, originality and imagination in the integration of creative writing and book design. Each award carries with it a $250 prize from the Klein Family School of Communications Design's Randolph Avery Fund.
From Our Graduates...
bryonna Sieck, MFA '20
Those Who Fly
"I chose UB’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."
ABBY SHAFFER, MFA '16
"I chose UB 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."
emily hansen, MFA '20
"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 reign 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 UB's Creative Writing & Publishing Arts program."
JUSTIN SANDERS, MFA '16
For All the Other Ghosts
“More than anything else, UB'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.”
Erin drew, MFA '16
This Is How I Thought Things Were Done
"I chose the M.F.A. program at UB 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!"
Top 10 Reasons Our Students Love This Program:
1. "Real-world advice about publishing."
2. "The faculty and students are amazing."
3. "Recommended by Poets & Writers magazine."
4. "The flexible course schedule works great for me."
5. "Impressive alumni."
6. "I love the great variety of courses."
7. "Ideal city for artists and writers: affordable and vibrant."
8. "Super cool Reading Series."
9. "I love the diverse community of students and its commitment to social justice."
10. "You'll walk away with your own published book!"
For more information about graduate admission, please contact the Office of Admission at firstname.lastname@example.org, 410.837.6565.