Creative Writing MFA Student Life | School of Writing

Student Life

  • The Writing Program develops collaborations with New York City literary and cultural institutions, helping MFA students develop their lives as writers in the city. Students have many opportunities to read and network with other aspiring authors in local literary venues. The Writer's Life Colloquium, part of the MFA curriculum and held at The New School, is a series of public readings, lectures, and panel discussions by distinguished authors, critics, publishers, and agents.

    Graduate students in the School of Writing also manage their own monthly reading series and can work on the editorial staff of LIT Magazine, the program's nationally known literary journal.

    American Vanguard, a publishing imprint of the New School Writing Program, revives the name of an annual anthology of writing by New School students from the late 1940s and 1950s. In this first twenty-first century publication of the imprint, students of The New School Graduate Writing Program interview the honorees for the National Book Critics Circle Awards. The interviews, conducted by video, phone and email, are part of the run-up to the February 27 announcement of this year's final selections.