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Vanderbilt University

MFA in Creative Writing

Contact Information:

PMB 351654

2301 Vanderbilt Place

Nashville, TN 37205

Website: www.vanderbilt.edu/creativewriting

Program director: Lorraine Lopez (interim)

Program contact: Margaret Quigley

Phone: (615) 322-6527

Email: margaret.quigley@vanderbilt.edu

Program Information:

Degrees offered: MFA

Type of program: residency

Genres: fiction, poetry

Enrollment: 12-15

Total credits required: 42-48

Application deadlines: December 15

Scholarships: yes (see website)

Assistantships: yes (see website)

Core faculty: Beth Bachmann, Kate Daniels, Tony Earley, Peter Guralnick, Rick Hilles, Mark Jarman, Lorraine Lopez, Lorrie Moore, Nancy Reisman

Publishing/editing courses: no

Literary magazine: Nashville Review

Reading series: Vanderbilt Visiting Writers

Recent visiting writers: Nikky Finney, Terrance Hayes, Garrett Hongo, Aimee Bender, Maile Melloy, Frank Bidart

Program description: The Vanderbilt MFA—in vibrant Nashville, TN—is a highly selective, two- to three-year, intensive MFA program in poetry and fiction. Nine faculty teach 12-15 students who take 42-48 credit hours in workshops and literature seminars, and write a creative thesis. All students are fully funded with an annual stipend of $24,000 + health insurance. First year students work several hours per week in the Writing Studio as graduate writing consultants, and second year students teach one section of undergraduate creative writing.

At the end of the second year, students may apply for a third year of study as a Creative Writing Fellow in the English Department or as a Creative Writing Fellow at Vanderbilt's Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy. Students selected for a third year of study continue work on their thesis and teach one course or work part time as a programing assistant at the Curb Center. We focus on one-on-one mentoring and encourage students to use their gifts as writers in the community, working as writers in residence, at talented youth camps, and in prison workshops. We also host the Outstanding Visiting Writers Series, and students edit and publish the national online journal Nashville Review