Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Western New England University offers a low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Fiction)—a rigorous, individualized curriculum without the demands of a full-time program. 

Now accepting applications for the Winter 2016 (January 11-16, 2016) residency in Dublin, Ireland.

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 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 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, under the guidance of an accomplished and experienced author. Students work with different authors after each residency of the two-year, 12-course program. On 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. 

Our low-residency MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) offers—

  • a Winter 2016 residency in Dublin, Ireland, featuring visiting writers Michael O’Loughlin, Mia Gallagher, and Sean O’Reilly, along with a performance by Judith Mok.
  • noted faculty authors with publications in fiction, poetry and non-fiction, including its director, award-winning novelist Pearl Abraham
  • a two-year, 48-credit curriculum
  • four short-term residency sessions (seven days) held at our picturesque Western New England campus in the summer, and alternating winter locations elsewhere
  • a fifth non-required residency is offered to graduating students at no tuition cost
  • intensive workshops, lectures, seminars, panel discussions, and readings
  • strategic advice on publishing and finding an audience by panels of agents and editors
  • a student/faculty ratio of just 5:1 provides individualized attention tailored to the particular needs of each student’s work

View the current catalogue for more details about the program.


MFA Program




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Daniel Mahoney
October 21, 6:00 p.m.
The Center for the Sciences Building, Room 400

Maggie Mitchell
November 12, 6:00 p.m.
The Center for the Sciences Building, Room 400

Rachel B. Glaser
December 2, 6:00 p.m.
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