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Brooklyn College

MFA in Creative Writing

2900 Bedford Avenue

Brooklyn, NY  11210-2889


Program director: Joshua Henkin (fiction), Mac Wellman (playwriting), Julie Agoos (poetry)

Program contact: Helen Phillips (MFA Administrator), James Davis (Graduate Deputy)

Phone: (718) 951-5197


Degrees offered: MFA

Genres: Fiction, Playwriting, Poetry

Type of program: Residency

Length of program: 2 years

Enrollment: 30 fiction students, 20 poetry students, 10 playwriting students

Total credits required: 36

Application deadlines: January 15

Scholarships available: Yes

Core faculty: Jonathan Baumbach, Erin Courtney, Michael Cunningham, Myla Goldberg, Colin Harrison, Amy Hempel, Ernesto Mestre, Sharon Mesmer, Meera Nair, Jenny Offill, Marjorie Welish, Ben Lerner

Assistantships: Yes

Publishing/editing courses: Yes (Revisions Tutorial)

Literary magazine: The Brooklyn Review

Reading series: Yes

Recent visiting writers: Joshua Ferris, Colm Tóibín, Joseph O’Neill, Jonathan Lethem, Jhumpa Lahiri, Jonathan Safran Foer, Francine Prose, Nathan Englander, Edwidge Danticat

Program Description: This small, highly personal two-year program in creative writing confers Masters of Fine Arts degrees in fiction, poetry, and playwriting. Located in America’s artistic hotspot, it offers single-discipline and inter-genre workshops, literature seminars, small-group reading tutorials, and one-on-one tutorials, all of which emphasize relationships between eminent faculty and students. Additionally, students have the opportunity to work on The Brooklyn Review and give public readings and performances in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The program offers some fellowships and prizes, as well as a winter writing residency at the Espy Foundation in Oysterville, Washington. Students may also teach undergraduate courses for the English Department. Our graduates have had their work published widely and have won competitions sponsored by the Iowa Review, the Colorado Review, the Mississippi Review, Zoetrope, and many others. They have been included in The Best New Young Poets anthology, Best American Short Stories anthology, The Pushcart Prize anthology, and the O.Henry Awards anthology. Our playwrights have won Obies, started theater companies, and had their plays produced here and abroad.

Brooklyn College's MFA Program in Creative Writing was ranked 15th in the recent Poets & Writers article "Top Fifty MFA Programs in the United States: A Comprehensive Guide" in the November/December 2009 issue.