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Oct. 29, 2009

University of Iowa creative writing programs are ranked number one

The University of Iowa creative writing programs in fiction, poetry and nonfiction were individually and collectively ranked number one in the United States in the Master of Fine Arts "Top Fifty" list in Poets & Writers magazine.

View the "Top 50" list at

The list was compiled on the basis of a poll of more than 500 MFA current and prospective MFA applicants between October 2008 and April 2009. "All poll respondents were asked to list, along with their genre of interest, either the programs to which they planned to apply, or, if they were not yet applicants but expected to be in the future, which programs they believed were the strongest in the nation," Seth Abramson, wrote.

View the accompanying article at More extensive information is available in the November-December issue of Poets & Writers magazine.

There are 140 full-residency creative-writing MFA programs in the United States.

Poets & Writers, Inc. is the primary source of information, support and guidance for creative writers. Founded in 1970, it is the nation's largest nonprofit literary organization serving poets, fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers.

The Iowa Writers' Workshop -- with its pioneering programs in fiction and poetry -- and the Nonfiction Writing Program are units of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

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