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The College of Saint Rose

MFA in Creative Writing

Contact Information:

432 Western Avenue

Albany, NY 12203


Program director: Daniel Nester

Program contact: Daniel Nester

Phone: (518) 454-2812


Program Information:

Degrees offered: MFA

Type of program: full residency

Length of program: 3 years

Genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry

Enrollment: Up to 20

Total credits required: 48

Application deadlines: rolling

Scholarships available: yes (see website)

Assistantships: yes (see website)

Core faculty: Daniel Nester, Barbara Louise Unger, Hollis Seamon, Rone Shavers, Kenneth Krauss

Visiting faculty: Elisa Albert, Sparrow, Gregory Pardlo

Publishing/editing courses: no

Literary magazine: yes

Reading series: Frequency North

Recent visiting writers: Aaron Belz, Dana Spiotta, Alexander Chee, David Rees, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, Patricia Smith

Program description: The College of Saint Rose Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program offered by the English Department provides serious writers with the opportunity to develop their craft within a supportive and challenging academic community of creative writers and literary scholars. This full-residency program allows students to work rigorously within their chosen genres—fiction, nonfiction and poetry—in workshops, and to complete a full-length creative work as a thesis. A small intimate program setting allows for easy access and strong mentoring by accomplished faculty members who are deeply committed to their students. In addition to our full-time faculty, the presence of a Visiting Writer each semester provides students with an opportunity to study with a variety of writers.

In the 48-credit MFA in Creative Writing, the focal point of the curriculum is the writing workshop. Students will have opportunities to work on poetry, fiction, playwriting, creative non-fiction and cross-genre projects. They will explore a wide range of literary styles, from traditional through avant-garde. In literature and theory classes, students will examine literary and theoretical texts as they deepen and broaden their academic writing, adding a strong component of literary and theoretical analysis to their range of knowledge and skills.

The required Practicum provides real-world opportunities for students to engage in editorial work on a literary journal, help in the organization of readings on campus and in the larger community, and participate in a range of writing-related activities designed to further their interests and enhance their career potential.