Program description: FDU's low-residency MFA program is ideal for students who want a more flexible academic schedule. Students attend three residencies over the course of their studies, choosing from our August residency on the Florham Campus in Madison, NJ and our Wroxton Campus in Oxfordshire, England. Throughout the school year, as they write and revise their creative work, students work one-on-one with their mentors and participate in online workshops.
FDU is one of the few low-residency programs to offer study abroad (with no additional tuition costs), publishing internships, and a dual concentration. The Madison residency includes a full day trip into NYC to visit publishers and attend readings. The Wroxton residency gives students the opportunity to meet writers and UK publishing professionals. In the 17th-century Jacobean mansion in Wroxton, and along the footpaths of the English countryside, and in nearby Oxford and London, students enjoy a creative idyll.
Our teaching philosophy is twofold: 1) one learns to write through the practice of writing; and 2) to echo Ralph Waldo Emerson, "There is then creative reading as well as creative writing"—in other words, one learns to write through close reading.