Who We Are


The creative writing program at the University of Notre Dame offers graduate and undergraduate writers rigorous training in innovative literary technique as well as in traditional forms, engagement with socially grounded critical thought, and generous individual attention, balancing student-centered creative exploration with robust pedagogical support. The program’s interdisciplinary, internationally renowned faculty bring expertise in a range of genres and aesthetic approaches, as well as deep experience in publishing, criticism, and editing. As writers and teachers we are committed to the public role of literature: we see our community on campus as part of a global network of writers, poets, thinkers, and critics engaged in understanding, changing, and re-imagining our world.

The faculty and students who make up the Creative Writing MFA Program come from a wide range of range of experiences and institutions, from traditional academic backgrounds to less traditional environmentssuch as students who have come to us by way of careers in journalism or medicine. As might be expected, their writing and goals are as diverse as their histories, but together the current students, faculty and alumni make up our extended creative writing family.