Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Western New England University now 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 Summer 2015 residency.

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—

  • the Summer 2015 residency will feature visiting writers Porter Shreve and Justin Taylor
  • 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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Department of English Spring 2015 Authors Series

Ryan MacDonald (fiction, visual art)
February 17

Maria Luisa Arroyo (poetry)  
March 3

Daniel Jones (fiction)
April 14

Fall 2014 Authors Series

Arda Collins (poetry) 
September 20

Stuart Dybek (poetry, fiction) 
October 21

Aryeh Stollman (fiction) 
November 6

Spring 2014 Authors Series

Emer Martin (fiction) 
March 27

Karen Skolfield (poetry) 
April 9

Stephen Amidon (fiction) 
May 6

Fall 2013 Author's Series 

Mira Bartok (memoir) 
September 24

Steven Cramer (poetry) 
October 7

Amy King (fiction) 
November 13