Fairfield's M.F.A. in Creative Writing
Bring your dreams to our island; leave a writer
Fairfield's M.F.A. in Creative Writing is a program that is both inspirational and pragmatic.
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 or had accepted 13 books, in addition to hundreds of articles, essays, stories, and poems. With our post-grad teacher training program students have also been offered teaching positions on the college level. Our new concentration in publishing/editing has helped students get internships and jobs at magazines and publishing houses.
Our retention rate of over 95% clearly indicates that students enjoy the community fostered between both students and faculty, during our island residencies. The support and guidance of our award-winning faculty during the one-on-one mentoring semesters as well as the many opportunities to get together at both our on-campus activities and our online MFA page illustrate our commitment to the well being and success of each and every one of our writing students.
We offer concentrations in:
- Fiction (including literary YA, historical, and short story),
- Nonfiction (memoir, personal essay)
- Scriptwriting/ Playwriting
Concentrations within the above genres
- Publishing /Editing (intern at one of five Fairfield University MFA-sponsored presses or magazines)
- Spiritual Writing
Dual Genres and Mixed Genres available
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. Our core writing faculty are not only nationally recognized writers, they are skilled and supportive teachers, who share their knowledge and passion for writing with their students.
Some of our program highlights include:
- One of the few low-res MFA programs to offer college English teacher training for those interested in teaching on the college level once they have completed their MFA at Fairfield.
- The Fairfield Book Prize competition, open only to students and alumni of our MFA program.
- Study abroad residency programs available in Galway and Florence.
- The chance to gain important editorial experience working on our national MFA student-led, online magazine, Mason's Road, or with one of several faculty publishers.
- Proximity to New York; we invite agents, editors, and publishers to meet individually with students at every residency.
- Flexible programming that allows students to work in more than one genre.
- Students may work at Fairfield's Bellarmine Museum, and have an exhibition of their ekphrastic work.
- Third-semester students may gain valuable editing experience working as an intern on a magazine or at a publishing house.
- 5th semester, post-grad options to continue to work with a faculty mentor to polish a manuscript for submission.
To learn more about the program, please click on features, requirements, residency, faculty, and director section. Have more questions? Read our FAQs. We are accepting applications for our winter residency December 27, 2013 to January 5, 2014.