Program description: If you're interested not only in writing your book but getting it published, then Fairfield's MFA is the program for you. In the past two years our alumni have published 14 books, in addition to hundreds of articles, essays, stories, and poems. With our post-graduate teacher-training program, students have also been offered teaching positions on the college level, and our new concentration in publishing and editing has helped students get internships at magazines and publishing houses. We offer concentrations in fiction (including literary YA, historical, and short story), poetry, nonfiction, scriptwriting/playwriting, spiritual writing, as well as dual genres and mixed genres. With our flexible, twice-yearly residencies on Enders Island in Mystic, CT, you don't have to interrupt your life, your career, or your family by attending weekly classes. While highly rigorous, the program can be tailored to suit a student's individual writing goals.
Some of additional program highlights include the Fairfield Book Prize competition, open only to students and alumni of our MFA program; residency options in Galway and Florence; the chance to gain important editorial experience working on our national MFA student-led literary journal, or with one of several faculty who run their own presses; the ability to work individually with agents, editors, and publishers.
- Subtitle: MFA in Creative Writing (low-res)
- Mailing Address 1: Fairfield University - Graduate Admission Office
- Mailing Address 2: 1073 North Benson Road
- Mailing City: Fairfield
- Mailing State: CT
- Mailing Postal Code: 06824
- Program Director: Sonya Huber
- Program Contact: Elizabeth Hastings
- Phone Number: (203) 254-4000
- Website: www.fairfield.edu/...
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- Degree: MFA
- Type: low-residency
- Length of Program: 2 years
- Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting, Playwriting
- Enrollment: 40
- Total Credits Required: 60
- Application Deadlines: Rolling
- Scholarships: yes (see website)
- Assistantships: no
- Core Faculty: Sonya Huber, Michael White, Rachel Basch, Da Chen, Alan Davis, Carol Ann Davis, Shelley Evans, Eugenia Kim, Karen Osborn, Adriana Paramo, William B. Patrick, Hollis Seamon, Baron Wormser
- Visiting Faculty: Adriana Paramo, Shelley Evans, Richard Hoffman, Geof Hewitt, Dani Shapiro, Carlos M. N. Eire, Jayne Anne Phillips, Charles Simic, Mary Karr, Wally Lamb, Philip Schultz, Rick Moody, Sue William Silverman, Anita Shreve, Mark Doty
- Publishing/Editing Courses: yes (see website)
- Literary Magazine: Mason's Road
- Reading Series: Inspired Writers' Series
- Recent Visiting Writers: Gene Baur, Michael McGregor, Stefany Shaheen, Julia Glass, Jonathan Petropoulos, Chris Belden
- Short Program Description: Before you write your story, you have to find your voice. As a student in Fairfield’s MFA in Creative Writing, you can pursue fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and scriptwriting/playwriting. Within these genres you can pursue concentrations in publishing/editing, spiritual writing, or literary health and healing.
- State: Connecticut