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Low-Residency MFA Writers Workshop in Paris

Contact Information:

58 West 10th Street

New York, NY 10011


Program director: Deborah Landau

Phone: (212) 998-8816


Program Information:

Degrees offered: MFA

Type of program: low-residency

Length of program: 2 years

Genres: fiction, poetry

Total credits required: 32 units

Application deadlines: 10/15, 3/15

Core faculty: Chris Adrian, Catherine Barnett, Mark Doty, Nathan Englander, Meghan O'Rourke, Matthew Rohrer, Helen Schulman, Darin Strauss, Colson Whitehead, Deborah Landau

Visiting faculty: Anne Carson, Lydia Davis, Timothy Donnelly, Geoff Dyer, Percival Everett, Aleksandar Hemon, Dinaw Mengestu, Julie Orringer, ZZ Packer, Elissa Schappell, Danzy Senna, Brenda Shaughnessy, Charles Simic

Program description: The MFA Writers Workshop in Paris constitutes an intimate creative apprenticeship that extends beyond traditional classroom walls. Over two years, students and faculty convene regularly in Paris for five intensive ten-day residency periods (held biannually in January and July). While in residency in Paris, students participate in a vibrant community engaged in all aspects of the literary arts, including workshops, craft talks, lectures, individual conferences, and manuscript consultations, as well as a diverse series of readings, special events, and professional development panels.

During the intervals between residencies, students pursue focused courses of study, completing reading and writing assignments under the close supervision of individual faculty members. These ongoing dialogues with faculty are tailored to specific student interests; students are mentored by a different professor each term.

Students are expected to complete substantial writing and reading assignments each term, regularly submitting packets of work in exchange for detailed feedback. Graduating students leave the program with four new literary mentors and a portfolio of letters written by acclaimed writers in response to their work.

Requirements for the Master of Fine Arts degree include the completion of thirty-two credits of coursework , participation in five ten-day residencies, and the submission of a creative thesis, consisting of a substantial piece of writing—a novel, a collection of short stories, or a group of poems—to be finished in the student’s final semester. The project requires the approval of the student’s faculty thesis advisor and of the director of the Creative Writing Program.


last updated 08/29/2013