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Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Course Description

This unique graduate program draws on The New School’s many decades of teaching aspiring writers. Students are guided in workshops and seminars by a faculty of distinguished writers in the literary capital of the United States. Concentrations are offered in Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Writing for Children.

In less than 20 years, The New School’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing has become one of the world’s best-respected graduate writing programs. Students come from throughout the United States and around the globe to join an active community of discerning, engaged writers.

Students live the writer’s life in New York City, experimenting and evolving together. This two-year full-time MFA program offers concentrations in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and writing for children.

A favorable student-faculty ratio of 6 to 1 means that students work closely with a faculty of prominent authors and a who’s who of literary professionals. They connect with members of the literary world through the numerous public programs and work on the program’s nationally distributed journal, LIT.

Our graduates publish books released by the big four publishing houses, independent publishers, and everything in between. By unofficial count, 34 New School students and alumni and 11 faculty members published books in 2014. A significant number of these have been included in lists of the best books of 2014 from critics at the New York Times, NPR, Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and more.
Our graduates also go on to become celebrated teachers, editors, publishers, and media professionals.

[[Career opportunities include]]
Writing, Editing, Publishing, Arts Administration, Script Supervision, Story Development and Production for Multimedia

Entry Requirements

Bachelor’s degree, a writing portfolio, and two letters of recommendation

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