Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing | New England College
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Creative Writing | MFA

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New England College’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is a truly transformative learning experience for writers. The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) delivers a rigorous, individualized program, with five dynamic degree tracks:  Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Writing for Stage and Screen, and Dual Genre.

The MFA’s academic model is studio/research: integrating substantial work in the academic study and creative production of literary art. Students are individually mentored by accomplished, award‐winning faculty members who are among the most compelling writers in their genres, and who also are known for their excellence in teaching.


Four semester, 64 credit MFA program
low residency model
Every semester begins with an MFA Residency at New England College’s Henniker, NH campus

Additionally, New England College’s MFA program is the first and only low‐residency program to offer Graduate Teaching Assistantships, providing students opportunities to gain relevant teaching experience for future academic careers.

Applications for both winter and spring residencies are accepted on a rolling basis.

Program Majors

Click to learn more about the MFA program’s learning objectives, requirements, and core and elective courses.

What You’ll Learn

As a program graduate, you will be well‐prepared for the writing life and the pursuit of your individual goals and professional aspirations.Graduates of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program will:

  1. Understand the history, theories, and movements that have shaped and continue to influence the writing, reading, and critical reception of literary works.
  2. Be able to locate your own writing in historical, theoretical, and cultural contexts.
  3. Be able to engage in rigorous critical discourse on your own writing and the work of others.
  4. Demonstrate a keen awareness of the writer’s craft and effective use of craft in your own writing.
  5. Effectively employ skills and methods of revision in your writing process
  6. Apply what you have learned and practiced to the production of a substantial body of high‐quality literary work.
  7. Demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and discipline necessary for successful postgraduate professional life in creative writing
  8. Actively and ethically engage in your academic, literary, geographic, and cultural communities
  9. Meaningfully contribute to literary/artistic culture and the advancement of the literary arts

Application Requirements

Personal Essay: 1-4 pages

Applicants should address their preparation for graduate work as writers and scholars, the vision and goals they have for themselves and their work as writers looking to undertake a graduate degree program, and any other information pertinent to their application process.

Writing Sample: 10-15 pages in poetry; 20-25 pages in prose

Applicants should submit a sample of creative work in the genre for which they are applying. Dual genre applicants should submit a sample that contains both genres of interest. Prose should be double-spaced; poetry may be single-spaced.

Two Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation should address an applicant’s potential for rigorous creative and critical work at the graduate level.

Official Transcripts

Applicants must submit proof that they have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Rare exceptions may be made for individuals who can show a high level of professional achievement.

Contact us

Damaris Gibaldi, Graduate Admission Counselor-Outreach and Student Recruiting