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Manhattanville College

MFA in Creative Writing

Contact Information:

2900 Purchase Street

Purchase, NY 10577


Program director: Mark Nowak

Program contact: Camille Rankine

Phone: (914) 323-5239


Program Information:

Degrees offered: MFA

Type of program: residency

Length of program: 2 years

Genres: fiction, poetry, cross genre, YA, creative nonfiction

Enrollment: 45

Total credits required: 36

Application deadlines: rolling

Scholarships: yes (see website)

Assistantships: yes (see website)

Core faculty: Mark Nowak, Camille Rankine, Jeff Bens, Neela Vaswani, Elizabeth Eslami, Phyllis Shalant, Joanna Herman

Visiting faculty: Justin Torres, Tayari Jones, Rita Williams Garcia, Kazim Ali, Thanhha Lai, Dina Nayeri, Diane Glancy, Kao Kalia Yang, Patricia Smith

Publishing/editing courses: yes (see website)

Literary magazine: The Manhattanville Review

Recent visiting writers: Tracy K. Smith, Philip Gourevitch, Nick Flynn, Terrance Hayes, Jennifer Egan

Program description: Manhattanville’s MFA program is among the most flexible creative writing programs in the country. With our unique, non-tracking curriculum, students have the opportunity to work in a variety of genres, to experiment with cross-genre writing, or to focus on a single genre with gifted teachers and mentors who are also award-winning authors. The Manhattanville MFA Program is composed of just four required courses:

  • Foundations in Graduate Creative Writing
  • Contemporary Publishing: Theory and Practice
  • Advanced Seminar in Graduate Creative Writing
  • Thesis Project

Beyond these four required courses, MFA students are encouraged to build an individualized program that best fits their immediate interests and long-term goals. Course offerings regularly include workshops in fiction (in short story and novel), poetry, cross-genre writing, creative nonfiction, children’s/young adult writing, and screenwriting, as well as other electives.

Additionally, students in our MFA program work to expand the role of creative writing in the community by offering workshops at community centers, prisons, public libraries, and hospitals. In this and other ways, we align ourselves with Manhattanville College’s historic “social action” mission.

Whether you are a recent undergraduate with a passion for the literary arts or a practicing writer seeking a terminal graduate degree in the field, Manhattanville’s MFA program curriculum is flexible enough to meet your needs.

To learn more, follow us at @MvilleMFA.


last updated 10/11/2013