MFA Programs for Writers in the Massachusetts Area

Below are listed MFA programs available to writers in the Massachusetts area:

MFA Programs

  • Boston University
    BU maintains a small, intensive one-year M.F.A. program in creative writing—each entering class has no more than twelve fiction writers, twelve poets, and up to six playwrights. Students have access to an active translation center and a variety of interdisciplinary courses.
  • Emerson College Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing 
    Emerson’s M.F.A. program allows participants to explore aspects of writing and literature that interest them. They concentrate in one literary genre (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry), and may elect to take workshops covering topics such as form in poetry, short story, novel, novella, memoir, essay, travel writing, screenwriting, and playwriting. They conclude the program by producing a thesis of professional quality in a single genre. They may also elect the Teaching College Composition course, which will help them to acquire the credentials to teach writing at the university level.
  • Lesley University Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Low Residency) 
    At Lesley nine-day residencies, participants join an artistic community in craft seminars, workshops, readings, and publishing-related events. During the semester, working one-on-one with a faculty mentor, students develop their talents through the best relationship for mastering the art of writing: the dialogue between aspiring and experienced writer.  Students may choose one of five program concentrations: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, writing for stage and screen, and writing for young people.
  • Pine Manor College Solstice Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
    The Solstice Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is designed to help students reach their full potential as writers through a demanding curriculum that balances the workshop experience with the study of literary craft, criticism, and theory. The program embraces a wide range of voices and artistic approaches in its faculty and its students, establishing a learning environment that fosters community and celebrates the individual. Working with some of the best writers in the country, students of Pine Manor College’s MFA program emerge with a deep, well-rounded knowledge of their art, a strategy for continuing the development of their creative vision, and a supportive circle of peers and mentors.
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MFA Program for Poets and Writers
    The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MFA Program for Poets and Writers is dedicated to the creation of new and important writing. For almost half a century, it has been a place for writers to concentrate on their work and to write their books. The program provides opportunities for writers to gain experience in the fields of literary publishing, scholarship, arts administration, and the practice of teaching. Our writers make significant contributions to contemporary letters through the publication of their work and in their roles as publishers, editors, educators, and in various fields in which writing and imagining are central.
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
    The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a selective program that admits approximately five applicants in fiction and five in poetry each academic year. It offers an intense and focused opportunity for students to further their commitment to writing as the center of their professional life. Through a combination of mentoring by accomplished faculty in a series of creative writing workshops, courses focused on the study of literature offered through the English M.A. program, and electives that include the practice of literary editing and the teaching of creative writing, students will have the guidance to develop and shape their work to the full extent of their talent. After three years in the program, they will be prepared to sustain their commitment to contemporary literature as writers, readers, editors, and teachers.

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