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. Read more about our alumni on our Writing at The New School blog.
The MFA program actively participates in today’s cultural conversation and maintains long-standing relationships with preeminent institutions including:
The MFA Creative Writing blog, maintained by current faculty and students, showcases program events and the achievements and publications of our graduates and faculty.
This selective master’s program has an admission rate of 20 percent. The prerequisites are a bachelor’s degree, a writing portfolio, and two letters of recommendation. GRE scores are not required. Prospective students who need to build a writing portfolio before applying to the MFA in Creative Writing can enroll in a continuing education writing workshop at The New School.
All students who file the FAFSA are offered a financial aid package. (Learn more about financial aid from The New School’s Student Services Web pages.) In addition, a number of teaching assistant (TA) positions are available; about 20 MFA students worked as TAs in the fall 2013 term. Several Creative Writing program alumni serve as faculty and administrators in the School of Writing.
The New School offers affordable housing, student health services and insurance, and internships and other career services. Visit Information for Prospective Students for details.
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