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New Hampshire Institute of Art

Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing

Contact Information:

148 Concord St.

Manchester, NH 03104


Program director: Monica Bilson

Program contact: Emily Bradley

Phone: (603) 836-2151


Program Information:

Degrees offered: MFA

Type of program: low-residency

Length of program: 2 years

Genres: fiction, nonfiction, hybrid/interdisciplinary

Enrollment: 32

Total credits required: 60

Scholarships: yes (see website)

Core faculty: Tim Horvath, Eric Pinder, Mark Sleiter, Ryan Flaherty, Emily Bradley, Monica Bilson

Visiting faculty: Joni Cole, David Crouse

Publishing/editing courses: yes (see website)

Recent visiting writers: Kate Christensen, Lance Olsen, Paul Harding

Program description: Our graduate program in fiction and nonfiction writing operates under the assumption that you have your own writing voice, style, and sensibility, and it’s our job to help you develop your personal strengths and interests. We do not promote one “school” of writing, one style or approach that works for all writers. We do believe all work is hybrid in some ways: an amalgamation of reading and experience, or fact and invention. Whether you seek to write a volume of realist short stories or a hybrid work of fiction and poetry, a science fiction or young adult novella, or a work whose form is your own invention, the fiction program offers you seminars in craft, reading as a writer, and literary theory along with workshops and tutorials exploring areas between and beyond traditional genres.

You will participate in five ten-day residencies in Peterborough, with all but the fifth followed by a semester of self-directed study with a writing mentor and faculty adviser. To fulfill the requirements of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, you must complete five residencies and four semesters for a total of 60 credits. Students in Creative Writing who wish to pursue an Interdisciplinary track with Photography or Fine Arts must take an extra residency and semester, for a total of 75 credits.

All students may sign up for residency electives outside their course of study. Courses offered include hybridity, juggling, social media, and ceramics.