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Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing

College of Arts & Sciences


If you are looking for a program to take your writing to the next level, to help you fine-tune your craft, and gain insight into the world of publishing, explore the low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Fiction). This a two-year, 48-credit curriculum program blending online learning with four short-term residency sessions (five days) held at our picturesque Western New England campus in the summer, and alternating winter locations elsewhere. The Winter 2016 residency was held in Dublin, Ireland.

Why Choose Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing?

This program offers a rigorous individualized curriculum without the demands of a full-time program. It covers all aspects of fiction writing through intensive workshops, classes in craft, courses in special topics, manuscript consultations, and individual conferences. Each term begins with an intense, weeklong residency consisting of inaugural lectures on literature, craft, and language; readings by a series of noted visiting writers; and panels made up of literary agents and editors. For updated information about upcoming residencies and visiting writers, as well as program news, visit our Facebook page.

What Will You Study?

With a student/faculty ratio of just 5:1, our low-residency MFA model covers all aspects of fiction writing through workshops, classes in craft, courses in special topics, manuscript consultations, and individual conferences. Each weeklong residency consists of inaugural lectures on literature, craft, and language; readings by a series of noted visiting writers; and panels made up of literary agents and editors advising on the business of the writing life. The residency offers a complete immersion in an inspiring writer's community; the two terms that follow each residency provide the necessary solitude and time for writing and thinking, working online under the guidance of an accomplished and experienced author. Upon graduation, students may expect to have a portfolio of substantial work with detailed responses from mentors, as well as letters of reference from these mentors.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Candidates seeking admissions to the MFA in Creative Writing should possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. The review process will focus largely in the candidate's writing sample submitted with the application for admission. 

There is no application deadline. Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Once an application is complete, an admissions decision will be released in 3-4 weeks. All new MFA candidates admitted to the program will be required to begin with a residency. Two will be offered annually—Summer (July) and Winter (January).

Admission Requirements
How are Courses Offered?

How are Courses Offered?

The Western New England University low-residency MFA program combines biannual, five-day residencies followed by individualized online mentorships. Established authors teach students how to read and think about fiction from a craft perspective. A fifth non-required residency is offered to graduating students at no tuition cost.

Visiting Writers

Visiting Writers

Mentorship by an award-winning visiting author helps our MFA students develop as writers and hone their craft. Learn more about our current visiting writers.
Visiting Writers
Residencies

Residencies

The Winter 2017 Residency will be held from January 8-13 at The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA.

Summer residencies are held on campus; winter residencies will alternate between the Berkshires and Dublin.

Residencies
Faculty

Faculty

You will study with our noted faculty authors with publications in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, including program director, award-winning novelist Pearl Abraham. The Winter residency is an immersive experience with visiting writers who work with students as mentors in the subsequent terms.

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  • KODIAK Online Learning

    Our User-friendly Virtual Classroom Desire2Learn is a state-of-the art Learning Management System used by major Universities and Colleges around the world. At Western New England, we call it KODIAK after the Univerity's mascot. KODIAK makes it easy for you to participate in class discussions, view calendars, communicate with faculty and classmates, post assignments, and view grades.