Live the writer's life in New York City. The New School's Creative Writing MFA program allows you to join a community of diverse voices, plug into New York's publishing world, and build a network that will support you through graduation and beyond.
Creative Writing MFA students develop their craft in workshops and literature seminars led by an internationally recognized faculty with close ties to New York publishing and the city's literary scene. Courses and events are held in the evening, enabling students to work during the day while in the program.
This two-year, full-time creative writing program offers concentrations in:
If you're thinking about pursuing your master's in creative writing, find your place in a center of learning where creativity, support, and experimentation come together at The New School.
One third of the curriculum consists of Writing Workshops. Guided by an experienced writer-teacher, students work intensively on their manuscripts, with a focus on the creative acts of self-editing and revision. Workshops meet for two hours; structure and content are adapted to the student's area of concentration
Evenings with agents and editors, exclusively for MFA students, provide informal opportunities to meet publishing professionals. Courses and internships provide students with hands-on experience in publishing. In The Writing and Publishing Lab, students use new and traditional technologies to produce works that combine text and images, while also taking part in project-based internships. In Freeman's Journal Seminar, students help produce a professional journal distributed by Grove Press. Students also serve as editorial staff members and work with alumni on The New School's nationally distributed literary journal, LIT.
Recent student internships include
The publishing and literary worlds are changing quickly. Graduates, faculty, and partners of the program are at the forefront of the reinvention of literature. Novels and poems aren't going away, but it is increasingly important for writers to be able to tell stories with images as well as words. Courses in the MFA program give students the tools to become leaders in a transformed industry.
Graduate students at The New School for Social Research ask the kind of questions that challenge the status quo across the social sciences and humanities.
Guided by rigorous scholarship and a desire to apply academic discourse and discovery to current social problems, they critically examine interdisciplinary fields to become a force of new knowledge and ideas in the world.
All graduate programs at The New School for Social research can be completed full-time or part-time on our New York City campus. Competitive merit-based scholarships are available in all departments -- in recent years, 85% of master’s students have received merit scholarships at The New School for Social Research.
Change begins with a question. What will you ask?
The New School for Social Research was founded in 1919 as a home for progressive thinkers, and housed the University in Exile in 1933, providing an academic haven for scholars persecuted in Nazi Europe. The school became the foundation for a comprehensive university – The New School – and continues the legacy of critical thought, civic engagement, and academic freedom today.