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University Writers' Programs

(Listed alphabetically by state.)


This list purposely does not include many details. Each writer must find a match for him or herself. Use the links and compare the programs.

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University of Alabama at Birmingham, MA

University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, MFA 


University of Alaska Anchorage, Los Res, MFA

University of Alaska at Fairbanks, MFA


University of Arizona, MFA

Arizona State University, MFA

Northern Arizona University, MA C


University of Arkansas, Translation and Creative Writing Programs i


Antioch University at Los Angeles, Low Res, Creative Writing and Publishing, MFA i

California College of the Arts, MFA

California Institute of the Arts / CalArts, MFA

California State University, Fresno, MFA

California State University, Long Beach, Fiction and Poetry, MFA i

Chapman University, MFA

Mills College, Poetry, MFA

Mills College, Prose, MFA

New College of California, Wrting and Consciousness, MFA

New College of California, Poetics, MA

Otis College of Art and Design, MFA

Saint Mary’s College of California, MFA

San Diego State University, MFA

San Francisco State University, MFA

San Jose State University, MFA

University of California at Irvine, English, MFA

University of California at Los Angeles, Extension, Accredited Programs

University of California at Riverside, MFA

 University of California, San Diego, Writing, MFA  Accepting Application for 2008.

University of San Francisco, MFA

University of Southern California, PhD

University of Southern California, MA


Colorado State University, MFA

Naropa University, Low Res, MFA

University of Colorado Boulder, MFA i

University of Denver, PhD


Western Connecticut State University, Low Res, MFA

Yale University School of Drama, Platwriting, MFA


Florida Atlantic University, MFA

Florida International University, MFA

Florida State University, MFA

University of Central Florida, MFA

University of Florida, MFA

University of Miami, Fiction and Poetry, MFA


Georgia College & State University, MFA

Georgia State University, MFA, PhD

University of Georgia, MFA C


Boise State University, MFA P

University of Idaho, MFA


Columbia College Chicago, Poetry, MFA

Columbia College Chicago, Creative Writing-Fiction

Northwestern University, Screen and Stage, MFA  

Roosevelt University, MFA

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MFA ,BFA

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, MFA

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, MFA


Indiana University MFA, MA

Purdue University, MFA

University of Notre Dame, Creative Writing Program


Iowa State University, Enviroment,MFA

University of Iowak, Writers' Workshop

University of Iowa , Nonfiction, MFA


University of Kansas MFA, PhD

Wichita State University, MFA


Eastern Kentucky University, Low Res,  MA

Murray State University, Los Res, MFA

Spalding University, Low Res, MFA


University of New Orleans, MFA

University of New Orleans, Low Res, MFA

Louisiana State University, MFA

McNeese State University, MFA


University of Southern Maine, Low Res, Stonecoast MFA  


Goucher College, Creative Nonfcition, Low Res, MFA

Johns Hopkins University, Fiction and Poetry, MFA i

University of Baltimore, MFA

University of Maryland - College Park, MFA


Boston University, MA

Emerson College, MFA  

Emerson College, Publishing and Writing, MA

Lesley University, Low Res, MFA

Pine Manor College, Low Res, MFA

University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Poets and Writers, MFA


Northern Michigan University, MFA

University of Michigan, MFA

Wayne State University, MA

Western Michigan University, MFA i


Hamline University, MFA

Minnesota State University Mankato, MFA

Minnesota State University Moorhead, MFA

University of Minnesota, MFA


University of Mississippi, MFA

 University of Southern Mississippi, MA


Missouri State University, MA

 University of Missouri-St. Louis, MFA

Washington University in St. Louis, Writing Program


University of Montana, MFA


Creighton University, Creative Writing Program

University of Nebraska at Omaha Low Res, MFA


University of Nevada, Las Vegas, MFA Program

New Hampshire

New England College Low Res, MFA

Southern New Hampshire University Low Res, MFA in Fiction and Nonfiction

University of New Hampshire, MFA

New Jersey

Fairleigh Dickinson University Low Res, MFA

Rutgers University, MFA

New Mexico

New Mexico State University, MFA

University of New Mexico, MFA in Creative Writing and Dramatic Writing 

New York

Adelphi University, MFA

 Bard College, MFA

Brooklyn College - CUNY, MFA

City College Of New York - CUNY, MFA

Columbia University School of the Arts, MFA

Cornell University, MFA

Hunter College -CUNY, MFA

The New School, MFA

Long Island University-Brooklyn, MFA

Long Island University-Southampton ,MFA

New Publishing Gradutate Degree! New York University, MA, MFA and MS in Publishing

Queens College - CUNY, MFA

Sarah Lawrence College, MFA

 Syracuse University, MFA

North Carolina

North Carolina State University, MFA

Queens University of Charlotte, Low Res, MFA

University of North Carolina-Greensboro , MFA

University of North Carolina-Wilmington, MFA

Warren Wilson College Low Res, MFA


Ashland University Los Res, MFA

Bowling Green State University, Creative Writing Program

Northeast Ohio Universities Consortium, MFA

Ohio State University, MFA


Oklahoma State University, Creative Writing Program


Oregon State University, MFA

Pacific University Low Res, MFA

University of Oregon, MFA


Carlow University Los Res, MFA

Chatham University, MFA

Pennsylvania State University, MFA

Seton Hill College, Popular Fiction,  MA

University of Pittsburgh, MFA

Wilkes University Los Res,  MA

Rhode Island

Brown University Literary Arts,  MFA

South Carolina

University of South Carolina, MFA


The University of Memphis MFA

Vanderbilt University, MFA


Texas State University, MFA

University of Houston, MFA & PhD

University of Texas at Austin, Michener Center for Writers

University of Texas, El Paso Bilingual, MFA


University of Utah, MFA


Bennington College Los Res, MFA

Goddard College Low Res, MFA

Vermont College of Fine Arts Los Res, MFA


George Mason University, MFA

 Hollins University, MFA Writing, and Children's Literature

Old Dominion University, MFA

University of Virginia, MFA

Virginia Commonwealth University, MFA

Virginia Tech , MFA

Washington D.C.

American University, MFA


Eastern Washington University, MFA

Pacific Lutheran University Los Res, Rainier Writing Workshop

Seattle Pacific University Lo Res, MFA

University of Washington, MFA

Whidbey Writers Workshop Los Res, MFA

West Virginia

West Virginia University, MFA

University of Wisconsin, MFA

University of Wyoming, MFA


University of British Columbia, MFA. and BFA

Other Resources

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Carolyn's Education 
Credentials at a Glance

Or why Carolyn so strongly advocates as much formal education as possible.

University Study Conferences  Teaching
  • University of Utah, journalism
  • Arizona State University, English literature
  • University of Southern California (USC), BA in English Literature
  • Glendale Community College, overseas study and basic computer classes
  • Cambridge University, Trinity College (UK), post graduate study in short story and writing
  • Herzen University (St. Petersburg RU), poetry and other writing
  • Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic), writing courses
  • Certificate in Education from UCLA's Instructor Development Program, 2006
  • Instructor for UCLA Extension Writers' Program since 2004
  • Presenter at conferences in the US.
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Recent media releases.

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I was once told by the director of an MFA program that "you don't need an MFA to write literature of any kind." So this is a Don't Be Discouraged Message. If you can't afford a degree in writing--undergraduate or graduate--don't despair. Take classes. Read books on the subject. Join carefully vetted critique groups. Attend writers' conferences. There is more that one road to writing whatever it is you want to write.

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Buy Links for Carolyn's Books

Great Fiction
HARKENING at Amazon in their new and used feature.
Both of these books are out of print. They are available only on Amazon's New and Used feature for about $1.

Great Poetry
Purchase TRACINGS (Finishing Line Press) at Amazon.
IMPERFECT ECHOES: Writing Truth and Justice with Capital Letters,
lie and oppression with Small

Give the gift of poetry with a chapbook from Magdalena Ball's
My Celebration Series

CHERISHED PULSE: Unconventional Love Poetry
IMAGINING THE FUTURE: Ruminations on Fathers and Other Masculine Apparitions
SHE WORE EMERALD THEN: Reflections on Motherhood
BLOOMING RED: Christmas Poetry for the Rational
DEEPER INTO THE POND: Celebration of Femininity
SUBLIME PLANET: Celebrating Earth and the Universe

HowToDoItFrugally Series for Writers
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Carolyn Howard-Johnson

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Kindle E-Books Aren't
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This is the Place, a novel



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Harkening, true short stories

Carolyn's Poetry

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Find Carolyn on the Web

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Carolyn's Blogs

Sharing with Writers
All things publishing with
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Writer's Digest
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Great way for readers, authors, reviewers and publicists to get more
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This is the Frugal, Smart
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Covers editing, grammar, formatting and more.
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A Selection of Carolyn's Past Speaking Engagements

National Stationery Show May 17-20, 2009 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY Consider this a business essential.

Presenter 2009, 2010

Presenter, 2008, 09, 10, 11

Panel moderator, 2007

National Span College
presenter 2002

Fellows presenter, 2007, 08

Co-sponsor and presenter,
2007, 08, 09, 10, 11

University of Dayton Erma Bombeck Writers' Conference, 2006, 2008

Sisters in Crime,
Pasadena, 2009

On the Los Angeles Valley College Campus 2012, Rancho Library 2013,
Valley College Spring 2014

Wisconsin Regional Writers Association
Presenter, Keynote 2010

Book 'Em, NC,
Three Panels 2013

Presenter, 2013

Seminar Speaker, 2014

Keynote, 2013; 2014

Secrets of Great
Dialogue, 2015

Digging Up Memories and Bringing the Dead Back to Life

Frugal Book Promotion.
Judith Briles' Extravaganza,
Denver, CO, 2016

Learn more about Carolyn's conferences.

While You're Browsing...

You will find at least one promotion, writing or tech tip on every page on this site. Sometimes you'll find, two or three! Happy browsing and collecting!

Other Learning Opportunities

Click Here for a list of book fairs, tradeshows, conferences, and conventions. Your aid to planning ahead.

Make the Most of Classes

Carefully select your critique group partners in classes you take at accredited universities. That way you will be sure they have the skills and interest to contribute in a positive way.

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"Your book on frugal Publicity is a 'classic.' I have it, I've read it, I've recommended it, I believe in it, &  I've met you... and I can easily talk about it."
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Low Residency programs may work well for you if your time is limited or if you must keep a day job. They are marked "Low Res" on this list.  

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Carolyn's Awards

Awards for Carolyn's Books, Blogs and More

The New Book Review
Named to
Master's in English.org Online Universities'

101 Essential Sites for Voracious Readers

Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites
Sharing with Writers blog.


Best Book Award for The Frugal Book Promoter (2004) and The Frugal Editor (2008) and the Second Edition of The Frugal Book Promoter (2011).


Reader Views Literary Award for The Frugal Editor

New Generation Award for Marketing and Finalist for The Frugal Editor

Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin Award

Military Writers Award of Excellence for
Tracings, A Chapbook of Poetry.

A Retailer's Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotion wins author Military Writers Society of America's Author of the Month award for March, 2010


Gold Medal Award from Military Writers Society of America, 2010. MWSA also gave a nod to She Wore Emerald Then, a chapbook of poetry honoring mothers.

The Frugal Editor Named #! on Top Ten Editing Books list.

Finalist New Generation Book Awards 2012, The Frugal Book Promoter; Finalist 2010 The Frugal Editor;
Winner 2010 Marketing Campaign for the Frugal Editor

The Oxford Award
the alumna who exemplifies the Delta Gamma precept of service to her community and who, through the years, devotes her talents to improve the quality of life around her.

The Frugal Book Promoter is runner-up in the how-to category for the Los Angeles Book Festival 2012 awards.

Glendale City Seal
Winner Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts
Glendale California's Arts and Culture Commission and the City of Glendale Library,

And more than a dozen other awards for Carolyn's novel, short story collection and poetry. See the awards page on this site.

Carolyn's Poetry

Cover art by Vicki Thomas, Poetry by Magdalena Ball and Carolyn Howard-Johnson

"Cherished Pulse is full of poems that describe love from the eyes and hearts of young and old. We see love in its youthful stage, stirring the hearts of man and woman alike and tying a bond that even death cannot break. As we continue reading, we understand that love deepens into an awesome, but quiet joy as the couple grows older. These poems renew our faith in love as they remind us of our own experience with this most sought after emotion."
~ Lucille P Robinson for Alternative-Read.com


Third in the Celebration of Chapbooks with Magdalena Ball, Imagining the Future is written expressly for fathers "and other masculine apparitions."

She Wore Emerald Then is a book of Moods of Motherhood: thirty poems by award-winning poets Magdalena Ball and Carolyn Howard-Johnson, with original photography by May Lattanzio. A beautifully presented, tender and strikingly original gift book, ideal for Mother's Day or any day when you want to celebrate the notion of motherhood in its broadest sense.  Share this collection with someone you love.

More on Blooming Red: Christmas Poetry for the Rational on this Web site.

Sublime Planet is an e-chapbook and paperback published in the time-honored tradition of poets everywhere. This collection of ecologically oriented poems traverses a wide terrain, moving from the loss of species to the beauty of the natural world, from drought to the exploration of alternative planets. It's an exhilarating collection that breaks boundaries and leads the reader deep into the personal heart of perception. Released by award winning poets Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Magdalena Ball to celebrate Earth Day, this is a collection of poetry that weaves the personal with the universal. Photograpy by Ann Howley.

“Whatever your age these poems celebrating women will speak to you of times to look forward to or to remember. These are not poems to be read once. They will stay with you forever.” ~ Nancy Famolari, author.

Also by Carolyn:

Tracings is winner of the Military Society of America's Award of Excellence and named to the Compulsive Reader's Ten Best Reads of 2005

Imperfect Echoes is Carolyn's newest poetry book. Writing Truth and Justice with Capital Letters, lie and oppression with Small. 

Cover and interior art by Richard Conway Jackson
All proceeds go to Amnesty International