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Rutgers-Newark, The State University of New Jersey

MFA in Creative Writing

Contact Information:

43 Bleeker Street

Newark, NJ 07102


Program director: Professor Jayne Anne Phillips

Program contact: Melissa Hartland

Phone: (973) 353-1107


Program Information:

Degrees offered: MFA

Type of program: residency

Length of program: 2 yrs full time/3 yrs part time

Genres: fiction, poetry, nonfiction

Enrollment: 40

Total credits required: 48

Application deadlines: 11/1-1/2

Scholarships: yes (see website)

Assistantships: yes (see website)

Core faculty: Jayne Anne Phillips, Akhil Sharma, Tayari Jones, Alice Elliott Dark, Brenda Shaughnessy, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Rachel Hadas, James Goodman, John Keene

Visiting faculty: Eduardo Corral, Cynthia Cruz

Publishing/editing courses: yes (see website)

Reading series: The Writers At Newark Reading Series

Recent visiting writers: Edward P. Jones, Natasha Trethawey, George Saunders, James Salter, Ruth Otzeki, Marie Howe

Program description: The Rutgers-Newark MFA Program values the real world experience our students bring to the classroom, as well as creative exchange beyond the university campus. See our website for pages on our award-winning faculty; the 16 writers featured each year in the Writers @ Newark Reading Series/MFA receptions; student honors/publications; application specifics (open Nov. 1, deadline Jan. 2); RN-MFA Student Reading Series at Coffee Cave, Newark, and KGB Bar in Manhattan; and our Newark High Schools Writing Contest/ Reception/ Reading, hosted and judged by MFA students. Established in 1997, Rutgers Newark MFA, named one of 5 Best New MFA's in the nation by the Atlantic, offers a literature-enriched, muscular degree and a diverse, supportive community in an exciting, affordable urban setting. For information, please peruse our website.