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Manhattanville College

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  • MFA in Creative Writing
  • Contact Information:

  • Mailing Address:

  • 2900 Purchase Street
  • Purchase
  • NY
  • 10577
  • Program Director: Lori Soderlind
  • Program Contact: Lori Soderlind
  • Phone Number: (914) 323-5239
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Program Information:

  • Degree: MFA
  • Type: residency
  • Length of Program: 2-5 years
  • Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting, Graphic Literature/Comics, Cross-Genre
  • Enrollment: 20
  • Total Credits Required: 36
  • Application Deadlines: Rolling Admissions
  • Scholarships: yes (see website)
  • Assistantships: yes (see website)
  • Core Faculty: Lori Soderlind, Mark Nowak, Jeff Bens, Sharbari Ahmed, Suzanne Parker, Jeffrey Rotter
  • Visiting Faculty: Dani Shapiro, Meghan Daum, Janet DeSaulniers, Mitchell Jackson, Michael N. McGregor, Melissa Tuckey, Meagan Brothers, Sigrid Nunez
  • Publishing/Editing Courses: yes (see website)

Program description: Manhattanville College’s MFA Creative Writing program draws on New York’s abundant resources and energy to create a nurturing, rigorous creative experience just half an hour to the north of the city. The program now offers courses in graphic narrative for students who wish to work toward a thesis appropriate to that medium. Our unique, non-tracking curriculum allows students to work in a variety of genres, to experiment with cross-genre writing, or to focus on a single genre with gifted teachers and mentors who are also award-winning authors. The program aims to create a vibrant literary community that begins in the MFA program but keeps our alumni coming back to their creative home on campus. The two-year program can be completed part time over five years, and evening and weekend courses are offered. Graduate student housing is available well below the region’s rental rates; some students opt to live in New York City and commute.