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  • The MFA Creative Writing program at The New School fosters a community of engaged, supportive writers through graduation and beyond. Students collaborate with classmates throughout the program through coursework and in self-selected thesis groups during the thesis semester, and many have continued these collaborations as alumni by co-founding literary magazines and presses, co-publishing books, and forming writing groups to maintain community and accountability as professional writers. Outside of the classroom, students access a variety of exclusive programming, including monthly student readings, private receptions with publishing professionals, weekend master classes, and a weekly tea, all hosted or attended by the program’s faculty.

  • MFA 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. To study at The New School is to join a prestigious community of writers who are experimenting and evolving together.

    The Creative Writing program hosts one of New York City's preeminent reading series, featuring forums with a diverse lineup of emerging and established writers as well as partners including the National Book Foundation, PEN America, National Book Critics Circle, The Best American Poetry, The Story Prize, Cave Canem, and the Poetry Society of America. Students also access exclusive evenings with agents and editors that provide informal opportunities for students to connect with publishing professionals.

  • MFA Creative Writing students have access to traditional, modern, and innovative workspaces. Our facilities, including libraries, computer labs, study spaces, collaboration rooms, and media production facilities, will help you foster your creative, collaborative, and intellectual growth.
  • Creative Writing faculty serve as coordinators for each genre of study offered by the program, offering one-on-one advising sessions to help students select courses, discuss their works-in-progress, and navigate the world of writing and publishing through graduation and beyond. In addition to teaching and serving as advisors, faculty host and attend program events and teach weekend master classes. The program also holds a weekly tea, inviting faculty, students, alumni, and special guests to gather and exchange ideas in an informal setting.
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