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Fairfield University

MFA in Creative Writing

Contact Information:

Fairfield University - Graduate Admission Office

1073 North Benson Road

Fairfield, CT  06824

Website: www.fairfield.edu/mfa

Program director: Michael C. White

Program contact: Marianne Gumpper

Phone: (203) 254-4184

Email: mgumpper@fairfield.edu

Program Information:

Degrees offered: MFA

Type of program: low-residency

Genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting

Enrollment: 55

Total credits required: 60

Application deadlines: rolling

Scholarships: yes (see website)

Assistantships: no

Core faculty: Rachel Basch, Da Chen, Al Davis, Carol Ann Davis, Sonya Huber, Eugenia Kim, Kim Dana Kupperman, Peter Nichols, Howard Norman, Karen Osborn, William Patrick, Hollis Seamon, Michael C. White, Baron Wormser

Visiting faculty: Carlos Eire, Mary Karr, Wally Lamb, Rick Moody, Anita Shreve, Charles Simic

Publishing/editing courses: yes (see website)

Literary magazine: Mason's Road

Reading series: The Inspired Writers

Recent visiting writers: Joan Didion, John Searles, Joshua Henkin, Sue Monk Kidd, Lisa See

Program description: If you're interested not only in writing your book but getting it published, then Fairfield's MFA is the program for you. In the past two years our alumni have published 14 books, in addition to hundreds of articles, essays, stories, and poems. With our post-graduate teacher-training program, students have also been offered teaching positions on the college level, and our new concentration in publishing and editing has helped students get internships at magazines and publishing houses. We offer concentrations in fiction (including literary YA, historical, and short story), poetry, nonfiction, scriptwriting/playwriting, spiritual writing, as well as dual genres and mixed genres. With our flexible, twice-yearly residencies on Enders Island in Mystic, CT, you don't have to interrupt your life, your career, or your family by attending weekly classes. While highly rigorous, the program can be tailored to suit a student's individual writing goals.

Some of additional program highlights include the Fairfield Book Prize competition, open only to students and alumni of our MFA program; residency options in Galway and Florence; the chance to gain important editorial experience working on our national MFA student-led literary journal, or with one of several faculty who run their own presses; the ability to work individually with agents, editors, and publishers.