Thank you for your interest in the Arkansas Writers MFA Workshop.  Be sure to check out other links in this website to find out more about our program.  What follows is a brief description of our program and what we hope it can do for you.

The Arkansas Writers MFA Workshop is a writing-intensive studio program in Creative Writing that uniquely prepares graduates for careers in writing pedagogy and publishing.

The program provides graduate students the opportunity to concentrate on the study, practice, and teaching of Creative Writing in a highly focused writing environment facilitated by writers for writers. At 60 hours, this three-year program will ensure that graduates build multi-genre backgrounds in the popular discipline of Creative Writing through workshops, forms courses, topics courses, a wide variety of electives, and specialized teaching and editing practicums. To ensure individualized attention, the program admits 5 to 8 students annually, with a total population of under 25 students. After being trained in both composition and creative writing pedagogy, some students will be offered graduate assistantships for teaching undergraduate writing classes; others will receive departmental support as graduate assistants in the Writing Center. Sponsored Programs and Torreyson Library at UCA have also pledged their support for employing graduate students in the proposed MFA program in Creative Writing. All students will complete a thesis project. Our students will earn practical, hands-on experience by serving on the editorial staff of our new online national literary magazine Arkana. Our students will also have the opportunity to pursue internships with local arts organizations and non-profits as well as with the nationally recognized literary magazine the Oxford American. In addition, a special course in “The MFA Experience” will help students to maximize their time in the program as they develop as writers and artists.

For further information, contact Stephanie Vanderslice, Program Director, at 501-450-3340 or via email at

We look forward to hearing from you.