The creative writing MFA at the University of Memphis was founded in 1989. It brings together nationally recognized authors and a diverse, carefully selected group of writing students in one of the most culturally rich cities in the country. Students work in small groups with faculty to study fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or a mix of all three. Most are fully funded under research or teaching assistantships. In addition to their coursework, MFA students run the River City Writers Series, run their own reading series, and staff The Pinch literary journal. Students also have opportunities to teach creative writing locally and abroad.