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Hunter’s Creative Writing MFA is a highly selective program in which students work closely with distinguished writers to perfect their writing skills. The course comprises workshops, craft seminars, one-on-one supervisions with faculty, and literature classes. There are three concentrations: fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Most years there are twelve students per concentration. Each year, several students are named Hertog Fellows (fiction and creative nonfiction) and Thomas Hunter Fellows (poetry). These students are paired with established writers, for whom they conduct research for one semester.

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Who will teach you

MFA programs often have long lists of faculty: some who taught in the past, some who sometimes occasionally, some who are actually around. Maybe they will be there when you arrive, or maybe they won't be. You should really ask. If you listen closely to the answers, you will discover that the following promise is rare and precious: at Hunter, there are three teachers in Fiction, three in Poetry, and two in Creative Nonfiction. These are our faculty. The writers who will really teach you.

To meet them, click Fiction , Poetry , and Creative Nonfiction .

As to the running of the program, while it may be helpful to know that Adam Haslett is the Program Director, in most cases, the single most important person to consult is the Program Manager Mike Rizzo . Mike is a graduate of the program and hasn't forgotten how things work from a student's perspective. Please feel free to contact him with whatever questions you might have, whether academic, bureaucratic, artistic, or financial.

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Hunter College presents the Distinguished Writers Series, one of the signal components of the Hunter Creative Writing Program. It has a rich history and continuing tradition of presenting intimate readings and class visits to their MFA seminars from the leading voices in contemporary fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

Writers who have participated in the series and met with students include Edwidge Danticat, Toni Morrison, Michael Ondaatje, Seamus Heaney, Margaret Atwood, Anne Carson, Zadie Smith, Louise Glück, Colson Whitehead, Marlon James, Salman Rushdie, Jamaica Kincaid, Robert Pinsky, Cornelius Eady, Walter Mosley, Ian McEwan, Frank Bidart, Annie Proulx, Deborah Eisenberg, Colm Tóibín, Yusef Komunyakaa, Mary Gaitskill, Edmund White, Elizabeth Strout, Claudia Rankine, Susan Faludi, Terrance Hayes, Jhumpa Lahiri, Greg Pardlo, Karen Russell, Gary Shteyngart, and Hilton Als, among many others.

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The Rita and Burton Goldberg MFA Playwriting Program at Hunter College is a highly selective, rigorous, and affordable two-year playwriting program located in the heart of New York City. We seek writers eager to develop their craft and challenge assumptions about what theatre is and will become. 

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The Program

The program at Hunter is focused on helping writers hone their voice and aesthetic while taking risks and experimenting with form. Students study with award-winning writers, working theatre professionals, and esteemed guest artists in a program that offers intensive, hands-on writing workshops and fosters a collaborative, close-knit artistic community.

There are five students in each cohort, which allows our instructors to give students generous individual attention. Each semester, students take three courses that meet in the evenings, which enables students the flexibility to work during the day. Teaching Assistantships are available to students in their second year. To supplement coursework, the program provides a series of Master Class workshops each semester with playwrights, directors, and industry professionals, as well as free or affordable tickets to a wide range of New York City productions to facilitate a robust connection with the New York theatre community. 

The capstone project of the program is the Hunter MFA Playwrights Festival , a week-long workshop with professional directors and actors which culminates in a public reading attended by agents, literary managers, producers, and other industry professionals. You can read about our 2023 MFA Playwrights Festival HERE .

The Hunter MFA Playwriting program is both affordable and accessible. The cost of in-state tuition for one semester is $4,230, and the program is often able to provide partial or full tuition waivers to incoming students. Additionally, all students are offered paid Teaching Assistantships in their second year.

Instructors

Current and recent playwriting faculty include: david adjmi (stereophonic, stunning) clare barron   (dance nati on, you got older).

Mia Chung (Catch as Catc h Can, You For Me For You) Lisa D’Amour  (Detroit, Airline Highway) Tina Satter  (This is a Room, Half Straddle) Lloyd Suh  (The Far Country, The Chinese Lady) Maria Striar  (Clubbed Thumb) Anne Washburn  (Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play, The Internationalist)

Visiting Artists

2022-2023 visiting artists: eboni booth, morgan gould, raja feather kelly, aya ogawa, and mfoniso udofia.

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Student & Alumni News

June 27, 2023

Phillip Christian Smith (’23) is announced as a member of New Dramatists.

June 5, 2023

Jesse Jae Hoon's (’21) 12 Chairs  produced as part of the Parsnip Ship’s Radio Roots Fellowship.

June 5 , 2023

John J. Caswell Jr.’s (’20) play Wet Brain  premieres at Playwrights Horizons.

​ May 26 , 2023

Diana Ly (’23) named as member of the Orchard Project Greenhouse Lab.

May 9, 2023

Minna Lee (’24) selected by Assembly Theater for the 2023-2024 Deceleration Lab.

May 5 , 2023

Chad Kaydo (’21) named as a winner of the Theater Masters Take Ten National MFA Playwrights Competition.

April 4, 2023

Maya Lawson’s (’21) play Por Du is receives a reading in the Bushwick Starr Reading Series.

March 26, 2023

Minna Lee’s (’24) play My Home on the Moon  will premiere in the San Francisco Playhouse’s 2023-4 Season.

​ October 13, 2022

T. Adamson (’17) announced as th e recipient of the Vineyard Theatre’s 2022-3 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award.

​ September 7, 2022

Jesse Jae Hoon  (’22) is named as a 2022-23 Playwrights Realm Writ ing Fellow for his play Somebody is Looking Back at Me .

​ July 13, 2022

Hayley Stahl  ('19) and  Chad Kaydo  ('22) are named as finalists  for the Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission.

​ June 16, 2022

Diana Ly (’23) announced as a debut member of the Universal Writers Lab.

May 20, 2022

Jesse Jae Hoon (’22), Liqing Xu (’21), and Garrett Zuercher (’22) will be part of the 2022 Orchard Project Adaptation Lab

May 17, 2022

Mara Velez-Mendelez’s (’19) Notes on Killing Seven Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Board Members premieres at Soho Rep.

March 16, 2022

Lindsey Ferrentino (‘14) will write and direct film version of Amy and the Orphans for Netflix.

March 1, 2022

John Caswell Jr.’s (’20) Man Cave produced by Page 73 premieres at the Connelly Theatre.

February 9, 2022

Charly Evon Simpson’s (’17) Sandblasted premieres at the Vineyard Theatre in a co-production with WP Theater.

January 31, 2022

Liqing Xu’s (‘21) Yellow Dream$ produced in Second Stage’s 2022 Judith Champion New Voices Series.

January 18, 2022

Liz Appel’s (’21) Bells Like Hooves produced in Roundabout Theatre Com pany’s 2022 Underground Reading Series.

September 23, 2021

Justice Hehir (’18) and Hannah Novak (’18) receive Clubbed Thumb Constitution Commissions.

September 15, 2021

Garrett Zuercher  (‘21) produces and directs Deaf Broadway’s concert production of Into the Woods  for Restart Stages at Lincoln Center.

May 22, 2021

Garrett Zuercher  (‘22) wins the Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

September 24, 2020

John J. Caswell Jr.  (‘20) received the Vineyard Theatre’s 2020 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award.

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I am incredibly grateful for my time in the Hunter Playwriting MFA program.   I wanted the opportunity to focus and deepen my craft, to work with undergraduates in preparation for future teaching, and to stay in NYC and involved with theater in the city. This program allowed me to do all three of those things and more while working with professors and fellow students I greatly admired.   It pushed me in the ways I need to be pushed in order to grow as a playwright.

- Charly Evon Simpson, Class of 2017

Read the MFA Playwriting Program’s 2021-2022 Newsletter HERE

Admission  requirements.

You must meet the following minimum requirements in order to be considered for admission. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the program.​

Interviews will be conducted with a select group of candidates after the initial review of application is completed. (Only matriculated students are eligible to take MFA courses.)

A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution comparable in standard and content to a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College.

Play Manuscript - Submit a full length play at least 45 pages as a PDF. A digital copy of the manuscript needs to be uploaded in the online applications system before submitting the application

Two letters of recommendation from appropriate academic or professional references.

A statement of purpose of approximately 500-750 words answering the following questions: Why do you choose playwriting as a literary form? Discuss your background in the theatre, the playwrights and productions that have influenced you, and what you hope to bring to the stage.

Applicants whose native language is not English and who have taken all or part of their undergraduate education in a country where English is not the native language are required to submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The following minimum scores must be obtained:

Paper Based Test: 550

Computer Administered Test: 213

Internet Based Test: 60 (less speaking component)

FALL 2023 DEADLINE: January 15, 2024

Questions? Contact the Director of the Rita & Burton Goldberg MFA Playwriting Program, Christine Scarfuto, at [email protected] .

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Degree Requirements

This two-year program encourages playwrights to discover and develop their unique voices.  Students should expect a thorough grounding in theatre history, dramatic literature and theory, and the craft of playwriting. They will also have the opportunity to take electives and learn from well-known guest artists. At the end of the first year, students will have a reading with a professional director and actors. The second year of the program culminates in a 29-hour workshop of a new play and a public, staged presentation of the students’ work.

Required Courses

MFA Playwriting I:  Developing Your Voice THC 73100

MFA Playwriting II:  The Art of Revision THC 73200

MFA Playwriting III: New Play Workshop THC 73300

MFA Playwriting IV: Thesis Project THC 73400

MFA Production Workshop I: Adaptation THC 73500

MFA Production Workshop II: The Playwright Prepares THC 73600

History of Theatre I THC 75100

History of Theatre II THC 75200

Play Analysis THC 79000

Electives (9 credits)

Sample Program of Study

First Semester

History of Theatre I

MFA Playwriting I: Developing Your Voice

MFA Production Workshop I: Adaptation

Second Semester

History of Theatre II

MFA Playwriting II: The Art of Revision

Third Semester

MFA Playwriting III: New Play Workshop

Play Analysis

Fourth Semester

MFA Production Workshop II: The Playwright Prepares

MFA Playwriting IV: Thesis Project

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Christine scarfuto program director [email protected].

The Director of the Rita and Burton Goldberg MFA in Playwriting is Christine Scarfuto. Christine is a dramaturg with over a decade of experience in new play development. She was the Literary Manager of Long Wharf Theatre from 2015-2019 and has worked with Second Stage Theater, LCT3, Signature Theatre, Lark Play Development Center, Playwrights Center, Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Realm, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the Kennedy Center. Christine was educated entirely in public schools including the University of Iowa, where she received her MFA in Dramaturgy.

Gregory Mosher Senior Associate Dean for the Arts [email protected]

The Program is part of the Hunter Department of Theatre, which is chaired by Tony Award-winning producer and director Gregory Mosher, who has produced over 100 world or American premieres at the Lincoln Center and Goodman Theaters, on Broadway, and in the West End. Writer colleagues in these productions include David Mamet, John Guare, Elaine May, Emily Mann, John Leguizamo, Richard Nelson, Mbongeni Ngema (Sarafina), Arthur Miller, David Hare, the Nobel Prize-winners Derek Walcott and Wole Soyinka, Tennessee Williams, Samuel Beckett, and many more.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of our MFA Playwriting Program will be able to:

Create, revise, and develop full-length dramatic works that expresses students’ own artistic aesthetic. 

Collaborate with directors, designers, actors, and other theater artists.

Develop constructive workshop practices and demonstrate the ability to closely observe, analyze, and respond constructively to the writing of workshop participants.

Analyze a variety of dramatic structures, techniques, methods, and approaches with the aim of enriching students’ own work.

Demonstrate a sophisticated knowledge of theater history and practice with the aim of enriching students’ own work.

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This guide has been created to connect undergraduate and graduate creative writing students with useful resources at Hunter College & CUNY libraries, at public libraries in New York, and freely available on the web.

This guide is maintained by Jennifer Newman , English & Humanities Librarian.

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From here you can navigate One Search, see lists of databases, find research guides, configure your NetID and password, and learn how to set Hunter College as your home library on Google Scholar.

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Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA)

Our low-residency Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing welcomes you to a vibrant community of writers and dedicated faculty, in an unsurpassed San Francisco Bay Area location.

Whether you are a poet looking to hone your craft, an aspiring novelist who wants to get that book written, or a memoirist with an urgent story to tell, our MFA Creative Writing program will help you achieve your writing goals.

The MFA program fosters a supportive community of talented writers who are encouraged to experiment across genres and with new forms of writing.

In addition to the genres of Poetry, Fiction and Creative Nonfiction, Dominican offers an optional track in Narrative Medicine, which allows students to embrace the special role that creative writing can play in the process of healing. 

I like the vision they have in the MFA program at Dominican. It’s a fabulous resource, this island of calm in the middle of a lot of chaos in this world. Catharine Clark-Sayles, MFA 2019

Low-Residency MFA Program Highlights

  • Flexible low-residency format customized to meet your writing goals. 
  • A dedicated mentor and opportunities to publish your work.
  • Two on-campus residencies per year featuring dynamic speakers and workshops. 
  • Co-curricular activities in publishing and teaching.
  • An optional track in narrative medicine.

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A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution of higher education is required to apply to our graduate programs.

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  • Official Transcript(s)   Official transcript(s) of coursework from each college or university attended (undergraduate and graduate) are required upon matriculation. Find complete instructions on how to submit your transcripts to Dominican  here.
  • Statement of Purpose or Intent A brief essay (two pages, double spaced, 12-point font) describing writing background, professional and/or personal goals, and additional life and/or academic experience relevant to your application.
  • One Letter of Recommendation (Elect a Personal Interview to waive this requirement.)
  • Poetry (up to 10 pages single spaced, one long poem or up to 8 individual poems, or some combination)
  • Prose: (up to 25 pages double spaced. Can be one piece or multiple pieces)
  • A combination of both poetry and prose (not to exceed 25 pages)

If an application deadline falls on a weekend and/or holiday, applications will be accepted through the end of the next business day.

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Creative Writing Residencies

Our low-residency format consists of twice-yearly residencies and semester-long distance mentorships, allowing students to advance a writing career without disruption to work or family.

The degree consists of five residencies (three summer sessions and two winter sessions) over the course of two years. Each 8-day residency consists of morning workshops, afternoon talks, and evening readings. Four semesters of distance mentorship provide a personalized academic experience based on each student’s individual writing goals.

MFA Classes, Workshops and More

Creative writing retreats.

The MFA program offers creative writing retreats held on campus and remotely that are open to the public. Participants study with MFA faculty in small group writing workshops and close reading discussion groups. The on-campus retreats are held in the idyllic Edgehill Mansion. Faculty and participants have lunch together in Caleruega Hall and take a nature walk on campus during our outdoor journal writing activity. There is an online retreat option over Zoom that follows a similar schedule. Registration is now open for our Fall 2023 Creative Writing Retreat.  Click here for more details.

Advanced Writing Seminar

The Advanced Seminar provides serious writers the opportunity to develop their work and connect to a writing community. The Advanced Seminar dovetails with the MFA residency workshops, craft talks, and panel discussions. Applicants are asked to submit a portfolio of the writing they will develop during the residency. Contact Judy Halebsky for more information.

Click here to view a full listing of upcoming workshops, information sessions and events.

The act of writing can effect powerful change in perception and feeling — our MFA is geared towards this change. Writing for Renewal may be a personal journey of discovery or it may rise from a desire to renew the course of our literary heritage. Whatever your ambitions, our program will deepen your knowledge and move your writing forward.

Our optional MFA track in Narrative Medicine grounds students in the art of storytelling and supports them as they take up the subject of the body and express through writing what happens when a physical or mental anguish disrupts a life.

Students will contemplate the differences between being cured and being healed of disease, and the therapeutic role creative writing can play in the process of healing.

History of Narrative Medicine The term “Narrative Medicine” typically applies to the inclusion of literary study as an integral part of the education of caregivers. In these programs, medical students, doctors, and other caregivers practice the art of attentive listening through the close reading of creative literature.

Close reading trains caregivers to follow clues to a patient’s illness that may not have a physical symptom, to listen for subtexts and hear significant metaphors within the patient’s narrative. Close reading also helps to nurture the qualities of empathy and compassion, qualities that have traditionally been nurtured by the arts and humanities.

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Through our partnership with Littoral Press, MFA students can get an inside look at writing contests and the world of literary publishing. As part of a broadside contest, students will screen submissions and work with a judge to choose the best work.

Career Paths

Graduates of Dominican’s MFA in Creative Writing program are ready to pursue a variety of careers as a writer, as well as work in related fields such as education, teaching, editing, marketing, publishing, grant writing, and nonprofit arts organizations.

Faculty Mentors

Judy is the author of the poetry collections “Tree Line and Sky=Empty” which won the New Issues Prize. Her chapbook “Space/Gap/Interval/Distance” won the Poets-Under-Forty award from Sixteen Rivers Press. On a MEXT fellowship from the Japanese Ministry of Culture she trained in Butoh dance at the Ohno Studio in Yokohama and studied Noh theatre at Hosei University in Tokyo. Her translations of poetry from Japanese to English include work by Yuka Tsukagoshi and Mizuho Ishida  Most recently, she has written essays on Moth-style storytelling and the poet Chana Bloch.   See full bio here.

Joan founded and teaches in Dominican’s MFA program in creative writing. Her poetry has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Paris Review, JAMA, Feminist Studies, Spillway, and other magazines. Her poetry has also appeared in the anthologies that focus on writing and healing: Women Write Their Bodies: Stories of Illness and Recovery (Kent State, 2007) and The Art of Medicine in Metaphors (Copernicus Healthcare, 2012). She has published four books of poetry, most recently In the Next Life (Poetic Matrix Press, 2019). A Fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and long-time member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, she has won individual artists fellowships in poetry from the Marin Arts Council and from the Ohio Arts Council. With her husband, physician, and poet David Watts, she produced the PBS documentary “Healing Words: Poetry & Medicine.” Her second documentary, “The Time We Have,” presents an intimate portrait of a young woman facing terminal illness.   See Joan's full bio here.

Claudia Morales (1988) is an author and scholar from Chiapas, Mexico. Her debut novel, No Habrá Retorno (Coneculta Chiapas 2015, reissued by Los Libros del Perro 2021) won the prestigious National Rosario Castellanos Prize for Short Novels. Her work has been supported by the Fulbright Program and the Foundation for Mexican Letters where she was a writing fellow. Claudia's stories have been featured in Rio Grande Review 2022, The Offing Magazine 2021, Lunch Ticket 2019, Ficción Atómica (Palindroma 2020), Mexicanas: Trece Narrativas Contemporáneas (Fondo Blanco 2021) and her second novel Calao Bicorne is forthcoming in Fondo Blanco, Spring 2023.   See Claudia's full bio here.

Thomas Burke is the author of the fiction collection Where Is Home from Fithian Press. His work has been published in reviews including The James White Review, Harrington Gay Men’s Fiction Quarterly, The Chiron Review, and the Evergreen Chronicles; in webzines; and in anthologies including Queer and Catholic (Routledge). Twice nominated for a Pushcart prize, he received the Steven L. Smith Prize for Gay Fiction.   See full bio here.

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Marianne Rogoff, PhD, is the author of the Pushcart-nominated story collection Love Is Blind in One Eye, the memoir Silvie’s Life, and numerous travel stories, short fictions, essays, and book reviews.

Since 2018, her writing has been a Finalist in Narrative magazine’s Spring Story Contest, Top 10 for the Tillie Olsen Story Award, on the Short List for the Bath International Novella-in-Flash Award, Top 10 for Sequestrum Editor’s Reprint Award, Finalist for ScreenCraft’s Cinematic Short Story Award, Semifinalist for the Tamaqua Award from Hidden River Arts for a book of essays, and Finalist for the Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize. As adjunct professor at Dominican University, she teaches fiction, creative non-fiction and the personal essay.

Kim Culbertson is the author of the YA novels Songs for a Teenage Nomad (Sourcebooks 2010), Instructions for a Broken Heart (Sourcebooks 2011), which was named a Booklist Top Ten Romance Title for Youth: 2011 and also won the 2012 Northern California Book Award for YA Fiction, Catch a Falling Star (Scholastic 2014), The Possibility of Now (Scholastic 2016), which was named a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year (2017 edition), and The Wonder of Us (Scholastic 2017). Much of her inspiration comes from her background teaching high school since 1997. In 2012, Kim wrote her eBook novella The Liberation of Max McTrue for her students, who, over the years, have taught her far more than she has taught them. Kim also works as a fiction mentor for the Dominican University MFA in Creative Writing. She lives in Northern California with her husband and daughter.

Dean Rader has authored or co-authored twelve books, including Works & Days, winner of the 2010 T. S. Eliot Prize, Landscape Portrait Figure Form, named a Best Book of the Year by the Barnes & Noble Review, and Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry, a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award and the Northern California Book Award. His next collection of poems, Before the Borderless: Dialogues with Cy Twombly, is forthcoming in 2023 from Copper Canyon Press. He and Victoria co-author “Two Roads” a poetry column in dialogue for the Los Angeles Review of Books. Dean’s writing has been supported by fellowships from Princeton University, Harvard University, The Headlands Center for the Arts, Art Omi, the MacDowell Foundation, and the John R. Solomon Guggenheim Foundation, from which he was named a 2019 Fellow in Poetry. He is a professor at the University of San Francisco.

Robert F. Bradford writes plays, stories, poems and songs. His work has been honored with two Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards. His writing has been published in Raven’s Perch, Strange Encounters, Pithead Chapel, and elsewhere.

Frequently Asked Questions

The MFA is designed to support poets and writers who wish to complete and publish a book manuscript. Thus, the focus is on honing your writing skills and learning about the publishing industry.

However, since the MFA is recognized as a terminal degree in academe, you would be eligible to apply for college-level positions. You will also be prepared for jobs that require strong writing skills, such as publishing, editing, marketing, public relations, social media and web content strategy.

We offer a tuition discount of $300 each semester to all students enrolled in the program. There's also donor funded scholarships available, with recipients selected by program faculty and the Office of Financial Aid. In addition, we are home to the Alpha Omicron Rho chapter of the English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta, which offers graduate level scholarships.

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Our MFA starts with a residency and runs for two years, for a total of five residencies and four mentorship semesters.

Yes. You have up to five years to complete the MFA in Creative Writing program. Consult with the graduate director to create a degree plan.

Yes, with the approval of a mentor and the graduate director.

Most of the time you will be writing towards the goals outlined in your individualized syllabus. Once a month you will meet with your cohort group for a workshop and one-on-one sessions with your mentor.

Workshops and faculty mentor sessions take place on campus, with video conferencing for distance learning students. Your mentor is always available for support and instruction throughout the semester.

All MFA students attend the winter (January) and summer (June) residencies together. During the Fall and Spring mentorship semesters, students are broken out into smaller groups of three to five students per mentor, in accordance with the AWP guidelines and best teaching practices.

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December 22, 2023 – for immediate release CONTACT: John V. Cardone, Vice President of Marketing and Communications O: (412) 578-6100 / C: (407) 615-1828 Pittsburgh, Pa. – Carlow University is announcing a year-long trans-Atlantic (United States & Ireland) celebration of the 20th Anniversary of its MFA in Creative Writing Program. A number of events and activities will be open to the public. Starting January 4, 2024, the MFA Program will: • Host events and activities (many open to the public), including public readings, workshops, and online presentations, to shine light on the Carlow MFA community. • Publish and launch the 20 Anthology, a book of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction representing the very best of Carlow MFA mentors, alums and students. • Conduct the Carlow MFA 20th Anniversary Scholarship Campaign, an annual effort to support excellence in writing and attract talented students. See attached flyer for kick-off events in January – PUBLIC INVITED. More events and activities will be announced throughout the year. We’ll be partnering with local independent bookstores, libraries and other literary organizations that create the foundation of Pittsburgh’s literary community. And in June 2024, we’ll host similar events in Dublin during Carlow’s annual MFA residency at Trinity College. We welcome the media to tell Carlow MFA Program’s unique story. • Come to our kick-off event on January 5th (see attached flyer) and let us show you what makes the Carlow program one of Pittsburgh’s literary gems. • Interview acclaimed Carlow MFA mentors and alums. We will supply interview opportunities, photos, and writing examples. We’ll provide the history of Carlow’s genesis in Ireland and show how the MFA program continues the rich relationship with Irish writers making our program unique from all others. • Post our events in your calendar. See the attached flyer for January dates. We’ll be communicating with you throughout the year about other events. For more information: John V. Cardone, O: (412) 578-6100 / C: (407) 615-1828.

About Carlow’s MFA in Creative Writing Low-residency Program Carlow University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program is an internationally recognized low-residency writing program known for its acclaimed roster of American and Irish mentors. Students from all ages and backgrounds across the United States study with preeminent American writers each January at Carlow University in Pittsburgh and with renowned Irish writers each June at Trinity College, Dublin. Carlow’s MFA program, now celebrating its 20th year, has attracted graduate students through its acclaimed mentors, flexibility, and personalized support. Among our faculty and guest writers have been recipients of the most prestigious literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Man Booker Prize, the Rooney Prize, and the National Humanities Award. As we look forward to the next 20 years of the MFA program, may we raise our voices and pens to express the need for mercy in our communities and the world. And may we seek and find mercy in our writing and our lives.

Learn more: https://www.carlow.edu/academic-programs/english-communication-degrees/mfa-creative-writing/

About Carlow University Carlow is a private, co-educational, Catholic university located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s “Eds, Meds, and Tech” district. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1929, Carlow’s curricula and partnerships reflect its strong commitment to social justice; ethical, forward-thinking and responsible leadership; and service to the community that has a meaningful impact.

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