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MFA in Writing / MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults
Vermont College of Fine Arts
36 College Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Program director: Louise Crowley (MFA in Writing), Melissa Fisher (MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults)
Program contact: Jason Lamb, Admissions
Degrees offered: MFA in Writing
Genres: Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, Translation, Writing for Children & Young Adults
Type of program: Low-residency
Length of program: 2 years
Total credits required: 64
Application deadlines: August 15; February 15
Scholarships available: yes
Core faculty: See website
Visiting faculty: see website
Publishing/editing courses: no
Literary magazine: Yes, Hunger Mountain
Reading series: Yes
Recent visiting writers: Claudia Emerson, Patricia Hampl, Barry Lopez, Lynn Emanuel, Honor Moore, Terrance Hayes
Program description: The MFA in Writing Program includes two options: MFA in Writing and MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults. Each has its own faculty and separate residency periods. Both sections have garnered consistent and strong national acclaim for program design and excellence in teaching.
Students range in age from the twenties to the seventies, and come from all parts of the U.S. and many foreign countries. Faculty, too, are from all regions of the U.S., offering a diversity of perspectives, attitudes and opportunities for students.
Dual-genre or dual-program options offer a five-semester program for writers who wish to pursue a degree in more than one genre. In addition, there is an option for dual-program study for those who apply and are accepted in both MFA in Writing and MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults.
The MFA in Writing Program offers a concentration in translation for students earning a degree in poetry or prose.
The MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults Program offers a one-semester picture book certificate program. This option can be added, as a fifth semester, for students enrolled in the MFAWC&YA program but is also open to graduates of other master's programs.
Hunger Mountain, The Vermont College Journal of Arts & Letters, is a prominent international journal showcasing work by some of the finest writers and artists. It also provides students and alumni with opportunities to gain experience working with a literary magazine.
VCFA also offers postgraduate semesters for writers with a graduate degree from another university as well as hosting a Postgraduate Writers Conference. Details are on our website.