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Sarah Lawrence College

MFA in Writing

Contact Information:

1 Mead Way

Bronxville, NY 10708


Program director: Brian Mortan

Program contact: Emanuel Lomax

Phone: (914) 395-2371


Social media: Facebook

Program Information:

Degrees offered: MFA

Type of program: residency

Length of program: 2 years full time, 3 years part time

Genres: fiction, poetry, nonfiction (cross genre work encouraged)

Total credits required: 48

Application deadlines: December 15 is the preferential deadline, rolling thereafter

Scholarships: yes (see website)

Assistantships: yes (see website)

Core faculty: Jo Ann Beard, Suzanne Gardinier, Michael Greenburg, Garth Risk Hallberg, Marie Howe, Thomas Lux, Brian Morton, Dennis Nurske, Stephen O’Connor, Victoria Redel, Nelly Reifler, Vijay Seshadri, Joan Silber, Scott Snyder

Visiting faculty: Melissa Febos, Kate Zambreno

Literary magazine: LUMINA Journal

Reading series: Weekly Community of Writers events

Recent visiting writers: Tracy K. Smith, Ian Frazier, Dave Eggers, Philip Lopate, Frank Bidart, Grace Paley

Program description: The Master of Fine Arts Program in Writing at Sarah Lawrence confers degrees in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Study at Sarah Lawrence includes weekly workshops and craft classes; a yearlong colloquium in which writers and publishing professionals talk with students about every aspect of the writing life; and biweekly, one-on-one meetings between student and workshop instructor.

In these biweekly conferences, our faculty of distinguished writers engages with your work in depth and in detail, accompanying you every step of the way as you investigate the possibilities of your art. We know of no other writing program that offers this degree of mentorship.

The opportunity to share your work with our faculty every two weeks makes our program especially well-suited to students who wish to devote themselves steadily and seriously to their writing. Sarah Lawrence, we believe, is an ideal place for you if you're ready to put writing at the center of your life.