• Creative Writing Program

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  • The New School invites you to join a community of diverse writers, become part of New York City’s publishing world, and build a network of support on campus and beyond. Our prestigious MFA Creative Writing program is designed to help you develop your craft in workshops and literature seminars led by an internationally recognized faculty and renowned authors.

  • MFA students at The New School choose a concentration in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, or Writing for Children and Young Adults. You receive personalized faculty mentorship and manuscript critiques, focusing on the creative acts of revision and self-editing. Innovative courses in publishing and multimedia storytelling engage you in the evolution of literature. Benefit from evening classes and events, enabling you to work during the day while attending the full-time program.
  • The New School's faculty for writing and literature is a veritable who's who of American writers. Core faculty serve as coordinators and advisors for each genre of study offered by the program. The MFA program's extensive roster of full-time, part-time, and visiting faculty members include award-winning poets, novelists, essayists, and visual artists who also work across and between genres.  
  • Creative Writing students come to The New School from across the United States and around the world to live the writer's life in New York City. Evenings with agents and editors, exclusively for MFA students, provide informal opportunities to meet publishing professionals. Get hands-on experience in the publishing industry through internships and opportunities with pioneering literary publications.

  • The New School Bookshelf

    We are proud to feature books recently published by The New School's Creative Writing community.

    • The Friend

      The Friend

      Sigrid Nunez, Faculty
      National Book Award for Fiction
    • Hurricane Child Book Cover

      Hurricane Child

      Kacen Callender, MFA '14
      Stonewall Book Award
    • The Impeachers book cover

      The Impeachers

      Brenda Wineapple, Faculty
      "Vivid and perceptive" The New York Times
    • The January Children book cover

      The January Children

      Safia Elhillo, MFA '15
      Arab American Book Award
    • Good Talk book cover

      Good Talk

      Mira Jacob, Faculty and MFA '01
      "[A] showstopping memoir about race in America" Kirkus Reviews
  • Outcomes and Success Stories

    Along with becoming published writers and authors, our graduates also go on to become celebrated teachers, editors, publishers, and media professionals.

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