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“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison

  • Enjoy an in-depth exploration of multiple writing genres
  • Take a deep look into the literary canon
  • Experience extensive personal mentorship
  • Create a professional portfolio

Create a portfolio you’re proud of

Regardless of your plans for the future, our BFA offers a strong, supportive mentorship program where you’ll create a body of publishable work suitable for use in graduate school applications, future employment opportunities, and as a demonstration of your writing skills.

Your writing studio time will be enriched by a carefully selected peer group, an editorial board of three dedicated faculty members, a studio supervisor, and an outside reviewer. Over the course of the semester, you’ll complete a full-length creative manuscript or professional portfolio.

Personal transformation, creative inspiration

Our program focuses on the growth of your creative ethos as an author. You’ll study the creative process, understanding it on a profound level, while growing your professional skills as a writer.

Our roots in the expansion of personal awareness will help you achieve inner and outer balance, bringing your writing to a compelling new level of depth and expression.

Meditate and create

As a student at MIU, you’ll practice the Transcendental Meditation® technique daily.

This evidence-based technique reduces stress, enhances clear thinking, and gets you in touch with the deepest, most authentic part of yourself to help you create in a whole new way.

Cost & Aid, 2021-22

Annual Cost of Attendance and Typical Financial Aid
Tuition and fees$16,530
Housing (single room) and meals$7,400
Health insurance (estimate)$2,940
Personal expenses, books, unexpected needs (estimate)$3,500
Cost Per Year$30,370

Full-time students may apply for up to $6,000 scholarship based on qualifying documented family income. Our undergraduate scholarship application form will be made available to you upon application to the University.

Tuition, other fees, scholarships, and financial policies are subject to change prior to the entry date. For more information, please email intadmis@miu.edu or call Admissions at (641) 472 1110.

Featured faculty

Leah Waller

Leah Waller

Leah Waller

Leah Waller is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and the director of the BA and BFA in Creative Writing.

Leah’s work has been published in literary journals, magazines, newspapers, and anthologies. Her book Under the Cedar Tree had a soaring debut in Amazon’s top ten bestseller list for poetry and continues to be a popular favorite among reading circles.

Leah received her bachelor’s degree in literature and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Northern Arizona University. At NAU, Leah worked as the Assistant Managing Editor for Thin Air Magazine and an instructor of composition writing.

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