The College of Saint Rose :: Creative Writing Programs :: NewPages Guide
MFA in Creative Writing
432 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
Program director: Daniel Nester
Program contact: Daniel Nester
Phone: (518) 454-2812
Degrees offered: M.F.A.
Genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry
Type of program: full residency
Length of program: 3 years
Enrollment: Up to 20 total enrolled students
Total credits required: 48 credits
Application deadlines: rolling
Scholarships available: yes (see website)
Core faculty: Daniel Nester, Barbara Louise Unger, Hollis Seamon, Rone Shavers, Kenneth Krauss
Visiting faculty: To be announced soon
Assistantships: yes (see website)
Publishing/editing courses: no
Literary magazine: yes
Reading series: yes, 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.