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  • Creative Writing MFA

Further your commitment to writing as the center of your professional life.

Intensive study and practice of fiction and poetry writing with award-winning and nationally renowned faculty at the most diverse university in new england..

UMass Boston's Creative Writing MFA offers you an intense, 3-year program and focused opportunity to further your commitment to writing as the center of your professional life. Through a combination of mentoring by accomplished faculty in a series of creative writing workshops, courses focused on the study of literature offered through the English MA Program, and electives that include the practice of literary editing, the teaching of creative writing, documentary poetics, the art of memoir, and more—you will have the guidance to develop and shape your work to the full extent of your talent.

All accepted students receive funding. Graduate assistantships offer the opportunity to work with students as teaching assistants and fellows, or in editorial positions with one of our sponsors, including 826 Boston, Hanging Loose Press, Write on the Dot, Consequence Magazine, Breakwater Review, and Arrowsmith Press.

Career Possibilities

Pursue a career as a professional writer, publishing your work in literary journals, magazines. Work as an editor and collaborate with writers to refine their work and shape the final product for publication. These are just a few of the possibilities.

Become a(n):

  • Writer/Author
  • Literary Agent
  • Writing Instructor/Professor

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How to apply.

Applicants must meet general graduate admission requirements in addition to the following program-specific requirements:

  • A 3.0 GPA overall and in the student’s major
  • Three substantive and detailed letters of recommendation, from former teachers familiar with the applicant’s most recent academic and creative work
  • A 3-5 page personal statement focusing on the role of the candidate’s reading life in his or her development as a writer. (Note: The general Graduate Admissions application refers to this as a statement of interests and intent. They are one and the same.)
  • Applicants must indicate whether they are applying in FICTION or POETRY in their Statement of Purpose. If you want to apply in both genres, include one writing sample in FICTION and one in POETRY and indicate in the Statement of Purpose that the application is for both.
  • A writing sample of 10 manuscript pages of poetry or 20 manuscript pages of fiction

Deadlines & Cost

Deadlines: January 15 (priority) for fall. While rare, if space is available, we’ll happily consider applications until June 1 (final deadline).

Application Fee: The nonrefundable application fee is $75. UMass Boston alumni and current students that plan to complete degree requirements prior to graduate enrollment can submit the application without paying the application fee.

Program Cost Information: Bursar's website

Writing Workshops (24 Credits)

Complete one from below four times.

  • CW 601 - MFA Poetry Workshop 6 Credit(s) or
  • CW 602 - MFA Fiction Workshop 6 Credit(s)

Literature Courses (9 Credits)

Complete three graduate literature courses.

Electives (9 Credits)

Complete three from below.

  • CW 605 - Memoir Workshop 3 Credit(s)
  • CW 606 - Literary Editing and Publishing 3 Credit(s)
  • CW 614 - The Teaching of Creative Writing 3 Credit(s)
  • CW 675 - Creative Writing Internship 3 Credit(s)
  • CW 697 - Special Topics in Creative Writing 1-6 Credit(s)

Students may elect courses offered by other graduate programs with approval from the graduate program director.

  • ENGL 459 Seminar for Tutors may be taken for graduate credit (see Undergraduate Catalog)
  • ENGL 675 - Reading and Writing Poetry 3 Credit(s)
  • ENGL 676 - Reading and Writing Fiction 3 Credit(s)
  • ENGL 681 - Advanced Workshop in Poetry 3 Credit(s)
  • ENGL 682 - Advanced Workshop in Fiction 3 Credit(s)

Thesis Courses (6 Credits)

Complete the course below both semesters of the third year.

  • CW 699 - MFA Thesis 3 Credit(s)

Graduation Criteria

Complete 48 credits from twelve courses including four writing workshops, three literature courses, three electives, and two semesters of thesis workshops.

The MFA degree requires six semesters of full-time study, with 9 credits required in each of the first four semesters, and 6 credits in the final two semesters, during which students will concentrate on completing a thesis in fiction or poetry under the direction of a faculty member. MFA workshops are limited to 12 students, and seminars are limited to 15. Students have the opportunity to interact with writers in our Global Voices Visiting Writer series (recent visitors have been Raquel Salas Rivera and Carole Maso), and work with visiting prose writers - recently these have included Jane Unrue, ZZ Packer, and Fanny Howe.

Capstone: Completion of an MFA thesis of 48 to 64 pages of poetry or 100 to 200 pages of fiction written under the supervision of a thesis advisor, reviewed by a thesis committee, and subject to a public defense.

Statute of limitations: Five years.

Contact & Faculty

Graduate Program Director John Fulton john.fulton [at] umb.edu (617) 287-6700

English & Creative Writing MFA Department englishmfaprogram [at] umb.edu (617) 287-6702

Fiction Faculty

John Fulton , Program Director & Associate Professor Askold Melnyczuk , Professor Eileen Pollack , Visiting Assistant Professor

Poetry Faculty

Jill McDonough , Professor Shangyang Fang , Associate Lecturer

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2024 Best Creative Writing Schools in the New England Region

In 2024, College Factual analyzed 21 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Creative Writing Schools in the New England Region ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 1,388 degrees in creative writing during the 2020-2021 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Creative Writing School

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In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

Creative Writing Rankings by Degree Level

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings , including this Best Creative Writing Schools in the New England Region list to help you make the college decision. If you'd like to restrict your choices to just one part of the country, you can filter this list by location .

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat . Test it out when you get a chance! You may also want to bookmark the link and share it with others who are trying to make the college decision.

If you want to learn more about how we derive our rankings, see College Factual's Methodology .

Best Schools for Creative Writing in the New England Region

Although we recommend filtering by degree level first, you can view the list below to see which schools give the educational experience for the creative writing degree levels they offer.

10 Top New England Region Schools in Creative Writing

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It's difficult to beat Brown University if you wish to pursue a degree in creative writing. Brown is a large private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Providence. A Best Colleges rank of #21 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means Brown is a great university overall.

There were about 35 creative writing students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent data year.

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Harvard University is a good decision for students pursuing a degree in creative writing. Located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #6 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were about 17 creative writing students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent data year.

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Wellesley College is one of the best schools in the country for getting a degree in creative writing. Wellesley is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Wellesley. A Best Colleges rank of #88 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means Wellesley is a great college overall.

There were approximately 12 creative writing students who graduated with this degree at Wellesley in the most recent year we have data available.

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Any student who is interested in creative writing has to take a look at Boston University. Located in the city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #54 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means Boston U is a great university overall.

There were roughly 18 creative writing students who graduated with this degree at Boston U in the most recent year we have data available.

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Providence is a small private not-for-profit college located in the city of Providence. A Best Colleges rank of #120 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means Providence is a great college overall.

There were about 7 creative writing students who graduated with this degree at Providence in the most recent year we have data available.

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Emerson is a medium-sized private not-for-profit college located in the large city of Boston. A Best Colleges rank of #179 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means Emerson is a great college overall.

There were roughly 208 creative writing students who graduated with this degree at Emerson in the most recent year we have data available.

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Brandeis is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Waltham. A Best Colleges rank of #99 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means Brandeis is a great university overall.

There were roughly 20 creative writing students who graduated with this degree at Brandeis in the most recent data year.

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Wheaton College Massachusetts is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Norton. This college ranks 36th out of 63 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 9 creative writing students who graduated with this degree at Wheaton College Massachusetts in the most recent year we have data available.

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SNHU is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized suburb of Manchester. A Best Colleges rank of #245 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means SNHU is a great university overall.

There were about 660 creative writing students who graduated with this degree at SNHU in the most recent year we have data available.

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Located in the large suburb of Fairfield, Fairfield U is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of #163 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means Fairfield U is a great university overall.

There were about 24 creative writing students who graduated with this degree at Fairfield U in the most recent year we have data available.

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System ( IPEDS ) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s ( College Scorecard ).
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Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Stonecoast connects emerging writers with award-winning authors to create a uniquely inclusive and challenging low-residency MFA in creative writing. Our innovative curriculum and supportive community will propel your writing forward. You’ll work with writers who care deeply about the power of telling stories to reimagine and reshape the world we share. At Stonecoast, we provide mentorship, structure, and community so you can find your voice.

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Stonecoast students lead busy, active lives. Which is why faculty mentors work with those students to co-create a study plan which reflects the student’s goals and fits their life.

  • Bi-annual residencies ensure that every student can connect with the writing faculty and their peers.
  • Our innovative curriculum supports those students who wish to study a genre deeply as well as those whose interests cross the boundaries of genre.
  • In addition to learning writing craft, our community triest to instill the habits that will sustain your writing career.

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As Audre Lorde put it, “You will never dismantle the master’s house with the master’s tools.”

Thankfully, writers have access to some powerful tools. Consider empathy, which cuts against systems of power and repression. It is subversive. Reading and writing–both of which depend upon our ability to bridge distances between and inside people–are fueled by empathy.

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Why get a Master of Fine Arts in writing?

Do you want to shape your gifts and passion for writing? Work one-on-one with nationally recognized faculty? Get the support of a talented community of peers? Focus on fiction, narrative nonfiction or poetry in our graduate M.F.A. program, which has launched the careers of hundreds of poets, novelists, storywriters, essayists and memoirists. What is notable is not just how hard students work on their own creative writing, but how much effort goes into their response to the work of their peers. Writers here care deeply about each other, and the production of honest work that captures life on the page.

Why choose UNH for your writing degree?

The M.F.A. writing program at UNH is small, highly-ranked and selective. We emphasize one-on-one contact between a nationally recognized faculty and talented students. Many exciting opportunities are available, including a visiting writers’ series, where you’ll have the chance to connect with some of the finest contemporary poets, novelists and essayists currently at work. You can take advantage of paid internships in local arts organizations, editorial positions at our online journal Barnstorm, teaching assistantships, tuition scholarships and grant awards. Our students typically complete the program in two to three years.

Potential career areas

  • Fiction writing 
  • Journalism 
  • Literary agencies
  • Public relations 
  • Publishing 
  • Screenwriting

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Curriculum & Requirements

Program description.

The MFA Program in Writing at the University of New Hampshire has a clear and abiding focus: to help you shape your gifts and passion for the art, and to prepare you for the opportunities and demands that all writers will experience in a long professional career. Over the years, the graduate writing program has launched the careers of hundreds of poets, novelists, storywriters, essayists and memoirists. This is a small, highly-ranked, and selective program. We emphasize one-on-one contact between a nationally recognized faculty and talented students. Students typically complete the program in two to three years.

We are most proud of the supportive community we have created here, one in which cross-genre exploration is strongly encouraged. Six out of ten of our MFA students receive direct financial aid , with most funding taking the form of teaching assistantships, tuition scholarships, and grant awards. Other opportunities include paid internships in local arts organizations, and editorial positions at our on-line journal Barnstorm .

We also run an exciting visiting writers' series , so that students have a chance to connect with some of the finest contemporary poets, novelists and essayists currently at work. Add to all this the fact that we're located in a stunningly beautiful spot, close to mountains and sea coast, but within an hour of Boston and other cosmopolitan areas. We can't imagine that there is a more energizing and congenial place to pursue your talents and dreams anywhere in the country.

The fiction program centers on your fiction. The one goal of our two years together is to make your fiction stronger, more aesthetically powerful, and yes, more publishable. The small 10-person workshop, intense conferencing with multiple award-winning faculty such as Ann Joslin Williams and Tom Paine, craft seminars that range from "Joyce and Chekhov" to Novellas and Contemporary Short Story Collections", special topics classes on "American Short Fiction by Women" and "Sentence Experiments in Literary Fiction", an esteemed reading series that brings authors such as Dan Chaon and Elissa Schappell to class and campus, our nationally known literary magazine Barnstorm: all of this is here simply to advance your fiction. Maybe it is because we are in the Granite State, but what is notable in our program is not just how hard students work on their own fiction, but how much effort goes into their response to the work of their peers. Writers here care deeply about each other as people, and the production of honest work that captures life on the page.

Our narrative nonfiction program embraces a wide variety of forms, from memoir to travel writing, literary journalism to the personal essay and all of its permutations. Our focus, however, is not on labels but on nurturing your talent and developing your skills with the goal of helping you craft rich, compelling and publishable essays, stories and books. In short, we toil together to make facts dance. In our workshops and seminars we ask our students to read broadly and push themselves beyond their comfort zone, to experiment and exercise an array of literary muscles, to employ the imagery of a poet, the drama of a novelist and the content drive of a journalist. Our classes are small (average size is ten) and students meet frequently with instructors in individual conferences. As practical as the state of New Hampshire, our program emphasizes not only the art of writing narrative nonfiction, but also how to sell it. In one course students will learn how to write a book proposal and in others how to pitch travel stories and personal essays. The UNH nonfiction faculty is diverse in its expertise but united in its passion for reading and writing the literature of fact, and for sharing that passion.

We offer poetry workshops limited to 10 students and small seminars in craft and poetics in a dynamic, individual-oriented system that emphasizes intensive conferencing. Students have the chance to work with master teachers like the award-winning poets Mekeel McBride and David Rivard. We believe in grounding our students in the widest possible range of poetic technique and approach—with seminars offered in areas such as translation, 20th-century poetic movements, and ecstatic poetry—and no preconceived notions as to how anyone should write (other than well!). The poetic tradition of New England—one of the richest and most expansive in the world—serves as a backdrop for all our efforts. This is an area teeming with great poets, with numerous weekly opportunities for students to attend readings and lectures in the art.

Requirements for the Program

Degree requirements.

Students are required to take four workshops in their major genre. In addition, students take one form and theory course in their major genre, five elective courses that may include additional writing courses or courses from the English department's offerings in other fields (such as literature, linguistics, or composition studies), and 8 credit hours of the M.F.A. thesis ( ENGL 899 Master of Fine Arts in Writing Thesis ). Teaching assistants are required to take ENGL 910 Practicum in Teaching College Composition as one of their electives. There is no foreign language requirement.

May be repeated.

ENGL 910 Practicum in Teaching College Composition  is reserved for graduate teaching assistants.

The M.F.A. thesis is a book-length, publishable manuscript. For fiction writers, the thesis could be a collection of short stories, a story cycle (linked stories), or a novel. For nonfiction writers, the thesis could be a collection of themed essays and/or magazine articles or a book of creative nonfiction. For poets, the thesis would be a book-­length collection of poems. The minimum length of the thesis is 150 pages for fiction and nonfiction writers and 45 pages for poets. Students will work closely with a thesis adviser as they write and pass an oral defense of the thesis, a defense conducted by a three-­member thesis committee of writing faculty. Students will also conduct a public reading of their thesis in an event organized by the writing faculty.

In addition, the M.F.A. program offers students opportunities to publish in an online journal called Barnstorm , as well as intern at arts/cultural organizations and the university research department, as well as teach in community schools. A select number of students are chosen to teach UNH undergraduate writing courses and to work in the University's Writing Center.

The program admits an average of 15 new students a year, which creates a writing community of 45 student writers.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Have a firm grasp of all the elements of craft whether fiction, poetry or nonfiction, including narrative structure, imagery, dramatic tension, efficient dialogue, and believable character.
  • Demonstrate expertise in the stylistic functions of language, including the use of simile and metaphor, unique language as opposed to clichés, resonating images or details, using all points of view, whether first, third or omniscient.
  • Understand the role of research and external content to provide context, layers, and credibility.
  • Be able to significantly revise work.
  • Have experience reading out loud and presenting to an audience.
  • Be able to flourish in the workplace for jobs in publishing, editing, communication, public relations, television, screenwriting, social media, news, advertising or any job where a writer is needed.

Application Requirements & Deadlines

Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall : Jan. 15
  • Spring : N/A
  • Summer : N/A
  • Special : N/A

Application fee : $65

Campus : Durham

New England Regional : RI VT

Accelerated Masters Eligible : No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence Form . This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Transcripts

If you attended UNH or Granite State College (GSC) after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester, UNH Non-Degree work and GSC. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must upload a copy (PDF) of your transcript in the application form. International transcripts must be translated into English.

If admitted , you must then request an official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts : Please have your institution send the transcript directly to [email protected] . Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts : Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Transcripts from all previous post-secondary institutions must be submitted and applicants must disclose any previous academic or disciplinary sanctions that resulted in their temporary or permanent separation from a previous post-secondary institution. If it is found that previous academic or disciplinary separations were not disclosed, applicants may face denial and admitted students may face dismissal from their academic program.

Letters of recommendation: 3 required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  • Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives.
  • Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Additional Department Requirements

Fiction: Please submit at least two separate pieces, i.e. two short stories, part of a novel or novella and a short story. Non-Fiction: At least two separate non-fiction pieces, i.e. feature articles, essays, or newspaper stories. Poetry: Ten to fifteen poems

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program-specific application questions.

International Applicants

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

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Students in the MFA program are invited to become involved in the production of the UNH online literary journal, Barnstorm . Barnstorm was founded by MFA graduate students and continues to be entirely student run under faculty advisor Tom Payne. The position of Editor-in-Chief pays a stipend of $3,500 per year.

While we do not adhere to a particular style or manifesto, Barnstorm strives to publish the best poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Previous contributors include both renowned and emerging writers. Barnstorm also publishes weekly literary columns from our staff via our blog. To learn more about Barnstorm and its publications, visit our website at barnstormjournal.org.

Internships & Opportunities

The portsmouth music hall internship.

A paid, year-long internship at one of New England’s premier arts organizations—The Music Hall’s two literary series,  Writers on a New England Stage  and  Writers in the Loft,  employ an MFA student to assist in marketing and production.  This is a great opportunity for a literary- and marketing-minded student with sharp writing and interpersonal skills to further develop their skills and resume while working with the Music Hall’s award-winning professionals. The PMH intern engages in a wide range of marketing and event activities, from press release writing and blogging about authors to distributing collateral including posters, as well as researching specialty markets and occasionally going out to pick up a sandwich for the author on an event night. The position pays $4,000 for the year, and is funded through the generosity of an anonymous UNH alumnus.

Visit the Writers on a New England Stage website .

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Research Development and Communications Internships

The  UNH Office of Research Development and Communications  offers a number of internships to graduate English students each year. Interns work an average of at least 10 hours per week over the course of the year (a minimum of 500 hours for the entire year), including the summer. The yearly salary is approximately $6000. Intern responsibilities include reviewing and editing grant proposals to federal funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, writing communications pieces on behalf of the Research Office, and working with graduate students applying for federal funding. Interested candidates should possess excellent writing/editorial skills. Professional experience as a writer/editor is a plus. The positions are open to both current and incoming students, and applications are accepted in late April/early May. Because this position is funded with Work Study funds, you must have filed a FAFSA form in order to apply. Students holding Teaching Assistantships may not apply for this position.

Read Free or Die

Read Free or Die  is a monthly reading series created and hosted by the students of UNH's MFA program to showcase writing from across the genres.  Traditionally held once a month in the upstairs of The Press Room in historic downtown Portsmouth, NH, the series provides an intimate space and the opportunity for MFA students to share both voice and craft.  Each reading features two poets, two fiction writers, and two non-fiction writers.   Read Free or Die is a free event.  For more information visit the  Facebook page  for the series.

MFA Student Successes

December, 2023: Nico Bailey (MFA '22)  published their debut story "Pas De Deux" in the Kelsey Review, and it has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  Congratulations, Nico!

April, 2022:  Austin Bolton's  (MFA '22) short story, "If Ever You Should Leave," is getting published by the literary magazine Change Seven at the start of July.  Congratulations, Austin!

October, 2021:  Christina Keim  (MFA '20) has co-authored a book with Sally Benton.   The Athletic Equestrian: Over 30 Exercises for Good Hands, Power Legs, and Superior Seat Awareness   is set to be released in January, 2022 by Trafalgar Square Books.   https://www.horseandriderbooks.com/store/the-athletic-equestrian.html

September, 2021: Our first student to earn her MFA,  Midge Goldberg  (MFA '06), has just had her third book of poems published by Kelsay Books.   To Be Opened After My Death  is available at Amazon  https://www.amazon.com/Be-Opened-After-My-Death/dp/195435391X/ref=sr_1_3

September, 2021:  Samantha DeFlitch's (MFA '18) second manuscript was named a finalist in the National Poetry Series.  The news release is at  https://nationalpoetryseries.org/congratulations-to-the-winners-of-the-2021-national-poetry-series/ .  

February, 2021:  Samantha DeFlitch's (MFA '18) first full-length book of poetry has been published! Confluence is available for pre-order at http://broadstonebooks.com/Samantha_DeFlitch.html Congratulations, Sam!

November, 2020: Bill Price  (MFA '21) has had four pieces published since joining the MFA program.  Congratulations, Bill!

“The Ferryman’s Coin.” Showbear Family Circus,  Nov. 2020 “Nature’s Glory.” Ripples in Space,  Aug. 2020 “The Knocking.” Beyond Words,  May 2020 “I, Leave.” National Veterans Creative Arts Festival,  Nov. 2019

November, 2020: Paulna Valbrun  (MFA '20) had two pieces published.   “Afrodite” and “Church for Sinner’s.” The latter essay was published by a popular literary magazine in Kenya! https://www.midnightandindigo.com/afrodite/ https://jaladaafrica.org/2020/12/04/church-for-sinners-by-paulna-valbrun/

March, 2020: Morgan Plessner's (MFA '19) manuscript is to be published on March 24th, 2020!  Body of the Moon is available at  https://www.amazon.com/Body-Moon-Morgan-Leigh-Plessner/dp/B0863TKRQT . Congratulations, Morgan!

February, 2020: Joshua Foreman (MFA '17) and his writing partner Ryan Starrett started working with the History Press while he pursued his MFA at UNH. They have published three narrative history books ( https://foremanstarrett.com/books/ ) with them.  The most recent publication - Hidden History of New Orleans - in Feb. 2020. Josh also began teaching in the Communication Department at Mississippi State University in August. 

January, 2020: Danley Romero (MFA '21) had his short story, "Fin, or A Thing Like Music" published in the Massachusetts Review's 60th anniversary issue and it was nominated for a Pushcart Prize!  Congratulations, Danley!

November, 2019: Heidi Turner's (MFA '21) first book was published by Heritage Future and won the 2019 Great Story Project.   The Sacred Art of Trespassing Barefoot   is available for purchase at  https://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Trespassing-Barefoot-Great-Project/dp/1732856419 .  Congratulations, Heidi!

October, 2019: Congratulations to  Tyler Paterson  (MFA '20)!  The publishing  company Retreat West out of London officially nominated his short story "Seedlings" for the Pushcart Prize.

August, 2019: Jason Tandon's  (MFA '07) new book of poetry was published by Black Lawrence Press.  "The Actual World" is available now.  Jason currently teaches in the Writing Program at Boston University.   https://www.blacklawrence.com/the-actual-world/  |  https://jasontandon.com/

February, 2017: Kaely Horton's (MFA '18) short story "Canvassing" will be published in May's edition of RipRap.  Kaely also wrote an article on teaching which is the first runner-up for the Donald Murray Prize and is getting published in the spring issue of Writing on the Edge with commentary from Peter Elbow.

May, 2017: Congratulations to Ben Ludwig (MFA 2017) on the publication of his novel Ginny Moon , Park Row Books, May 2017! 

May, 2017: Brian Evans-Jones , Poetry MFA 2016, has won the poetry section of the 2017 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award from Poets & Writers.

May, 2017: Alix McManus's (MFA Fiction) short story "Rosemary and the Red Pens" was recently published in Gravel Magazine.  Congratulations, Alix!

April, 2017: Rose Whitmore , Fiction MFA 2013, won a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, 2017. 

February, 2017: Amy Sauber (MFA '14) wins Pen/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for her story "State Facts of the New Age".  Information about the prize can be found at https://pen.org/2017-penrobert-j-dau-short-story-prize-emerging-writers/  Congratulations, Amy!

November, 2016: Brittany Smith's story 'The Fruit Grove Girl' gets published in The Bangalore Review.  The story can be read at http://bangalorereview.com/2016/11/fruit-grove-girl/  Congratulations, Brittany!

September, 2016: Amy Sauber's (MFA '14) story 'State Facts for the New Age' gets published in The Rumpus.  Congratulations, Amy!  The story can be found at http://therumpus.net/2016/09/rumpus-original-fiction-state-facts-for-th…  

April, 2016: Midge Goldberg (MFA '06) recently published a book of poetry, Snowman's Code, which won the Richard Wilbur Poetry Award. Midge was our very first MFA student to earn her degree!  The book was published by University of Evansville Press and can be found on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Snowmans-Code-Midge-Goldberg/dp/0930982754/ref=sr…

February 2016: Benjamin Ludwig's FOREVER GIRL, pitched as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime meets Room, told from the perspective of an adopted autistic teenage girl who's plotting to get herself kidnapped by her birth mother, pre-empted by Liz Stein on an exclusive 3-day submission, in a major deal (WE) by Jeff Kleinman at Folio Literary Management; translation rights with Molly Jaffa at Folio Literary Management. 

September, 2015: Congratulations to UNH's very first student to earn her MFA in Writing almost 10 years ago!   Midge Goldberg recently published a children's book, My Best Ever Grandpa , with Azro Press of N.M. The book was illustrated by Valori Herzlich. Here's s a link to the publisher's announcement page: http://www.azropress.com . 

May, 2015: Much congrats to Sonia Scherr , MFA ’13, who has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship! Scherr, who was an alternate in the competition last year, will conduct research in Morocco in order to write a historically informed Young Adult novel about the relationship between Jewish and Muslim Moroccans during the Holocaust.

January, 2015: Benjamin Ludwig's book, titled "Sourdough" won the Clay Reynolds Novella Prize from Texas Review Press.  The book is for sale on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Sourdough-Benjamin-Ludwig/dp/1680030140/ref=sr_1_1 ...  Congratulations, Benjamin!

November, 2014: Congratulations to Caro Clark (MFA '13) who recently received a McDowell Fellowship for the spring!

September, 2014: Congratulations to Bryan Parys (MFA '10) for landing a job as an editor/writer at Berklee College of Music in the department of digital strategy and communications. Bryan also recently signed a contract to publish his thesis with Cascade Books.  More details to come!

August, 2014: Craig Brown (MFA '11) published an article in Dispatch Magazine called "Cruising the Coast: Three Days Sailing on the Victory Chimes , America's Windjammer".  A scan of the article can be found at /sites/cola.unh.edu/files/media/Dispatch_-_Cruising_the_Coast.pdf.

August, 2014: Rose Whitmore (MFA '13) recently had an essay published in The Sun, and was awarded a work-study scholarship in non-fiction to the Bread Loaf Writer's conference. 

July, 2014: Congratulations to Caro Clark (MFA '13) who's Glimmer Train story won first place in the new writer's contest!  First place won $1500 and publication in issue #94.  The announcement of the winners can be found at http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/glimmertrain/May2014SSA-Winners.pdf

July, 2014: Maria Chelko's (MFA '10) poems have appeared in these journals: The Ampersand Review, Anti-, Birdfeast, The Freeman, Revolver, Sixth Finch, and Washington Square Review. She was also awarded a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference this summer. 

July, 2014: Congratulations to Nathan Webster (MFA '09) who was hired as a full time lecturerer for the English department at UNH!  Nate has published the following: 

  • Daily Beast, Jan. 11. "How the War Comes Home.”
  • The Rumpus, July 4. "Bedrooms of the Fallen." http://therumpus.net/2014/07/bedrooms-of-the-fallen-by-ashley-gilbertso…
  • Wrath Bearing Tree, July 10. "Foreshadows from Iraq." http://wrathbearingtree.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/foreshadowing-in-iraq-…

July, 2014: Erin Somers' (MFA '13) story, "Astronauts in Love" was published by One Teen Story this month. Link: http://www.oneteenstory.com

June, 2014: Congratulations to Karina Borowicz (MFA '09) for winning the Codhill Poetry Award for her book of poetry titled Proof .  It was also a finalist for the National Poetry Series!  The press release can be found at http://www.sunypress.edu/p-6030-proof.aspx .  The Amazon link is at http://www.amazon.com/Proof-Karina-Borowicz/dp/1930337752/ref=sr_1_1?ie…

June, 2014: William Stratton (MFA '12) published his first collection of poems titled Under the Water Was Stone.   http://wintergoosepublishing.com/now-available-under-the-water-was-ston…

 April, 2014: Great news from Sarah Stickney (MFA '10) that the book she co-translated with Diana Thow and Eugene Ostashevsky, The Guest in The Wood by Italian poet Elisa Biagini just Won the Best Translated Book Award for 2014. Congratulazioni, Sarah! http://www.rochester.edu/College/translation/threepercent/index.php?id=…

April, 2014: Caro Clark (MFA '13) won the Luso-American fiction scholarship to attend the Disquiet International writing conference in Lisbon this summer. You can read about the conference here: http://disquietinternational.org . The scholarship pays for transportation to and from Portugal and all fees associated with the two-week program.  Caro will have the chance to work with Denis Johnson, Josip Novakovich, Padgett Powell, and others while there. And in further good news: Glimmer Train also picked up one of her stories stories recently. 

March, 2014: Emily Bradley , who received her MFA in creative nonfiction from UNH in 2012, published an essay in the March/April issue of Yankee Magazine. The illustrated feature, titled “When My Father Calls,” tells of her father’s relationship with a chipmunk in the years after her mother died while revealing the ways we reconfigure our lives in the wake of grief.   http://www.yankeemagazine.com/

November, 2013: Jason Tandon '07 has published his third book of poems, Quality of Life, with Black Lawrence Press.  Here's the link to his publishers announcement page: http://www.blacklawrence.com/quality-of-life/

October, 2013: Jennie Latson '13 signed a contract with Simon & Schuster for her book The Boy Who Loved Too Much.  This tale of a boy with Williams Syndrome, the so-called "friendliness disorder," and his mother was her MFA thesis project. For over two years she immersed herself in the lives of the two, traveling with them to Michigan for a summer camp, spending weekends with them in their Connecticut home, monitoring how this child who knows no skepticism, loves everyone, navigates a world that requires caution. The book will be published in early 2015.

September, 2013: Rose Whitmore '13 (fiction) has won the William Peden Prize from The Missouri Review for her short story "The Queen of Pacific Tides." Learn more.

September, 2013: Jeremy Parker , a new MFA student this year, was a semi-finalist in the 2013 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest run by Carve Magazine . Out of over 1,000 submissions, the editors chose 5 winners, 5 honorable mentions, and 23 semi-finalists.

July, 2013: Laurin Becker Macios , MFA poetry alum, is the Program Director for Mass Poetry, an organization supporting poets and poetry in Massachusetts. Her poems have recently been published in 34th Parallel, Pif, and Five2One Magazine. In Sept. 2013 she will be spending two weeks at the Martha's Vineyard Writer's Residency in Edgartown.

July, 2013: Alan Schulte , MFA nonfiction alum, was hired for a permanent, tenure track position at Franklin Pierce University as Assistant Professor of Composition and Director of the Wensberg Writing Center. He is also the Faculty Adviser of Nevermore, the University's Literary Journal.

July 2013: Maria Chelko , MFA poetry alum, just won a 2013 PSA New York Chapbook Fellowship for her manuscript, Manhattations. Mary Ruefle selected it.  Here's a link to the announcement: http://www.poetrysociety.org/psa/awards/chapbook_fellowship/

June 2013: Congrats to recent grad Erin Somers , who is featured in "Writing Lessons" on the Ploughshares blog. "Writing Lessons" features essays by writing students about lessons learned, epiphanies about craft, and the challenges of studying writing. You can view Erin's post here: http://blog.pshares.org/index.php/writing-lessons-erin-somers/ .

March 2013: Congratulations to David Bersell , who has been awarded the much coveted nonfiction scholarship to the Tin House Writer's Workshop this summer. David will spend the week working with Cheryl Strayed, author of the memoir Wild and the Rumpus column Dear Sugar. Quite the coup for David and well deserved.

January 2013: Emily Robbins Bradley , MFA nonfiction alum, was hired at the New Hampshire Institute of Art as their "Instruction and Reference Specialist" in their college library.  She also teaches  composition there.  She had a short essay featured on the video series "In Place" which is part of the larger online journal "Extracts: Daily Dose of Lit."

January, 2013: Kristina Reardon , MFA fiction alum, was awarded the 2012 Aetna Works-in-Progress Grant for a short story collection, awarded by the UConn Department of English.  She was also awarded the 2012 Tinker Foundation Pre-Dissertation grant to translate fiction in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Her translations of the short story "The Surprise" by Lili Potpara (from the Slovenian) & "The Vision" by Carmen Boullosa (from the Spanish) are published in World Literature Today (September 2012).  She also has an essay on literary translation published on WLT's "Translation Tuesday" blog.  

January, 2013: Dustin Martin , MFA fiction alum, was hired as a staff assistant to the Donor Relations team for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.

January, 2013: Sarah Stickney , MFA poetry alum, has publications in Rhino, and Portland Review.  In October she acted as a simultaneous French interpreter for the Megaflorestais international forestry conference.  She was recently hired as a tenure-track professor at St. John's College in Annapolis.

January, 2013: Alan Schulte , MFA nonfiction alum, landed a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Composition and Director of the Wensberg Writing Center at Franklin Pierce University. He has also been assigned as Faculty Adviser of Nevermore, the University's Literary Journal.

January, 2013: Edward Manzi, MFA poetry alum, had poems published in Brush Fire, Paper Nautilus , and The Bakery .  He also had a poem nominated for the Pushcart Award.

November, 2012: Jennifer Latson , a 3rd-year MFA in nonfiction candidate, has a BIG story in the Nov/Dec issue of Yankee magazine. The subject: Tuttle's farm in Dover, told from Lucy Tuttle's point of view. The story began in an essay writing workshop, was revised in Sue Hertz's people and place workshop last spring and sent to Yankee in the summer. They loved it!

August, 2012: Tim Horvath , MFA alum, landed a full-time teaching gig at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. He also just published his latest, a collection of short fiction called Understories .

June, 2012: Rose Whitmore , a fiction MFA who will graduate in May '13, has THREE success stories! Her short story "The Queen of Pacific Tides" will be published in the summer issue of The Missouri Review and her essay "The Lost Coast" will appear in Fourth Genre. Rose has also been accepted to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference this summer. Nonfiction MFA Jennifer Duffy has also been accepted to Bread Loaf.

June, 2012: Jennifer Latson , a nonfiction MFA who will graduate in May '13, will publish "Blood Ties to the Land," a nonfiction narrative about Tuttle's Farm in Dover told through 67-year-old Lucy Tuttle's point of view, in the December issue of Yankee Magazine .

June, 2012: Alan Schulte , a nonfiction MFA who graduated in December '11, has published his essay "The Point of Failure" in the online journal Junklit .

April, 2011: Ryan Flaherty , MFA '10, has published a new book of poetry, What's This, Bombardier? He also has a poem featured on BOMBlog Word Choice .

February, 2011: Kristina Reardon's (MFA Dec. 2010) essay White Goddess Ghosts will be published in the Montreal Review . Kristina wrote the piece for her UNH travel writing class last summer in Cambridge, England.

February, 2011: Bryan Parys (MFA ’10) won a Fair Trade essay contest , which awarded him $2,000 in fair trade goods. He was also named a contributing scholar for a new online publication called State of Formation . Most recently his article “Superman of the House” was published by the Gooden Men Project Magazine .

November, 2010: Ryan Flaherty , MFA ’10, has three poems in POOL : http://www.poolpoetry.com/ , had a poem featured on Verse Daily : http://www.versedaily.org/2010/conditionals.shtml and an essay published in Columbia : http://columbiajournal.org .

November, 2010: The World after Czeslaw Milosz , a chapbook by Maria Chelko , MFA ’10, won the 2010 Dream Horse Press National Chapbook Contest. Dream Horse Press will publish the book in the Spring/Summer of 2011.

May, 2010: Marla Cinilia was awarded a Bread Loaf Writers Conference scholarship based on the merit shown in her fiction. Only 12 spots are available for the conference, chosen from a pool of hundreds nation-wide.

May, 2010: Kristina Reardon and Sarah Stickney have received prestigious Fulbright Scholarships that will provide them support to conduct research abroad during the 2010-11 academic year. Learn more.

February, 2010: Amy VanHaren , a member of the MFA’s first graduating class in 2007, recently published her piece “Rescue on the Ridge” in AMCOutdoors . While Amy is not working on the book from which this piece is excerpted, she is using her writing skills as the social media manager at Stonyfield Farm, one of the nation’s leaders in organic agriculture and retail dairy products

February, 2010: MFA nonfiction writer Nathan Webster has had his thesis accepted for publication by The Truth About The Fact: International Journal of Literary Nonfiction (Loyola Marymount University, LA). "Suspicions, After Curfew" is slated for publication in the Spring 2010, Volume V Number I issue. Here’s what the editors wrote to Nathan: "We received hundreds of submissions from the international literary community, including impressive narratives about life in South Africa, Sri Lanka, China, Canada, Great Britain and the United States. Your work was one of only 21 pieces selected."

February, 2010: Jason Tandon , MFA ’07, was pleased that Garrison Keillor read one of his poems from his book Give Over the Heckler and Everyone Gets Hurt on The Writer’s Almanac.

February, 2010: Emily Robbins , MFA ’11, published her essay “The Way Home” in the Northern New England Review , Volume 31.

January, 2010: MFA nonfiction writer Ryan Flaherty recently published two chapbooks, Live, from the Delay and Novas. He also has poems coming out this spring in three journals: Colorado Review, Ninth Letter, and Handsome. He has also been awarded PEN New England's Discovery Award in Poetry. Each year, established authors sponsor newcomers in their field and this year poet Peter Covino selected Ryan and will introduce him at the 31st Annual Discovery celebration. The award is based on the promise of the discoveree’s potential.

October, 2009: MFA student Bryan Parys published "The Last Word or, The Eternal Present Tense" in The (Non)fiction 500 section of the journal Like Water Burning .

September, 2009: MFA alum Brian Wilkins '06G, '09G is a poet; his former college roommate, Ian Terrell, is a Web developer. Together, they've created a literary magazine for the iPhone, which plays an audio recording of a poem, essay, or short story as the reader scrolls along with the text. "The best part about poetry or any literature really is going to a reading and getting to hear the author's voice," says Wilkins. The first issue of "Scarab" includes a poem by Charles Simic, UNH professor emeritus. Read the story

June, 2009: MFA fiction writer Kristina Reardon , who will enter her second year in the program this fall, has published two stories, "Easter 1941" and "A Bit of Kindness," in the New Voices section of the summer edition of the Newport Review: http://www.newportreview.org/?new-voices/kreardon.html . Kristina has also won a scholarship from the Centre for Slovene at the University of Ljubljana and will spend the month of July there this summer researching material for her thesis manuscript.

February, 2009: MFA poet Maria Barron won the 2009 LUMINA Poetry contest. LUMINA is a literary journal published by Sarah Lawrence College. The contest was judged by poet, Ilya Kaminsky. Maria's poems placed both first and second, earning Maria the invitation to read at Sarah Lawrence in April.

February, 2009:MFA poet Mark Gosztyla crossed genre lines into nonfiction when he stumbled into a story about two 50-year-old unsolved murders in Somersworth, NH. For over a year Mark pursued the mysterious deaths, both on his own and in nonfiction workshops, publishing a series in Foster's Daily Democrat in June of '08. That series, titled “Shame and Silence,” won first place “for highest achievement in investigative reporting” in New England Press Association’s 2008 Annual Better Newspaper Contest.

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Poetry: Jan-Henry Gray, Maya Marshall Prose: Katherine Hill, Igor Webb

Albertus Magnus College

Poetry: Charles Rafferty, Paul Robichaud Fiction: Sarah Harris Wallman Nonfiction: Eric Schoeck

American University

Poetry: Kyle Dargan, David Keplinger Fiction: Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Stephanie Grant, Patricia Park Nonfiction: Rachel Louise Snyder

Antioch University

Poetry: Victoria Chang Prose: Lisa Locascio

Arcadia University

Poetry: Genevieve Betts, Michelle Reale Fiction: Stephanie Feldman, Joshua Isard, Tracey Levine, Eric Smith Literature: Matthew Heitzman, Christopher Varlack, Elizabeth Vogel, Jo Ann Weiner

Poetry: Genevieve Betts, Michelle Reale Fiction: Stephanie Feldman, Joshua Isard, Tracey Levine, Eric Smith

Arizona State University

Poetry: Sally Ball, Natalie Diaz, Eunsong Kim, Alberto Álvaro Ríos, Safiya Sinclair Fiction: Matt Bell, Jenny Irish, Tara Ison, Mitchell Jackson, T. M. McNally Creative Nonfiction: Sarah Viren

Ashland University

Poetry: Aria Aber, Dexter Booth, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Adam Gellings, Tess Taylor, Vanessa Angélica Villareal

Fiction: Kirstin Chen, Brian Conn, Edan Lepucki, Sarah Monette, Nayomi Munaweera, Vi Khi Nao, Naomi J. Williams, Kyle Winkler

Nonfiction: Cass Donish, Kate Hopper, Lauren Markham, Thomas Mira y Lopez, Lisa Nikolidakis, Terese Mailhot, Kelly Sundberg

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Poetry: Jim Cihlar, Michael Kleber-Diggs Fiction: Stephan Eirik Clark, Lindsay Starck Nonfiction: Anika Fajardo, Kathryn Savage Playwriting: Alice Eve Cohen, Carson Kreitzer, TyLie Shider Screenwriting: Stephan Eirik Clark, Andy Froemke

Ball State University

Poetry: Katy Didden, Mark Neely Fiction: Cathy Day, Sean Lovelace Nonfiction: Jill Christman, Silas Hansen Screenwriting: Rani Deighe Crowe, Matt Mullins

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Mirene Arsanios, CA Conrad, Hoa Nguyen, Christopher Perez, Cedar Sigo, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Roberto Tejada, Monica de la Torre, Simone White

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Poetry: Lucy English, Carrie Etter, Tim Liardet, John Strachan, Samantha Walton, Gerard Woodward Fiction: Gavin James Bower, Celia Brayfield, Alexia Casale, Lucy English, Nathan Filer, Aminatta Forna, Maggie Gee, Samantha Harvey, Philip Hensher, Steve Hollyman, Emma Hooper, Claire Kendal, Kate Pullinger, C.J. Skuse, Gerard Woodward Nonfiction: Celia Brayfield, Richard Kerridge, Stephen Moss Scriptwriting: Robin Mukherjee

Poetry: Lucy English, Carrie Etter, Tim Liardet, Gerard Woodward Fiction: Gavin James Bower, Celia Brayfield, Nathan Filer, Aminatta Forna, Maggie Gee, Samantha Harvey, Philip Hensher, Claire Kendal, Kate Pullinger, Gerard Woodward Nonfiction: Richard Kerridge, Stephen Moss

Bay Path University

Mel Allen, Leanna James Blackwell, Jennifer Baker, Sari Botton, Melanie Brooks, María Luisa Arroyo Cruzado, Áine Greaney, Shahnaz Habib, Jessica Handler, Ann Hood, Susan Ito, Karol Jackowski, Yi Shun Lai, Anna Mantzaris, Meredith O’Brien, Lisa Romeo, Kate Whouley

Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College

Current Faculty: Poetry: Michael Dumanis, Carmen Giménez, Dana Levin, Randall Mann, Craig Morgan Teicher, Mark Wunderlich Fiction: Jai Chakrabarti, Monica Ferrell, Manuel Gonzales, Deirdre McNamer, Stuart Nadler, Téa Obreht, Katy Simpson Smith, Taymour Soomro, Claire Vaye Watkins, Toya Wolfe Nonfiction: Eula Biss, Jenny Boully, Saeed Jones, Sabrina Orah Mark, Shawna Kay Rodenberg, Hugh Ryan

Binghamton University

Poetry: Tina Chang, Joseph Weil Fiction: Thomas Glave, Leslie L. Heywood, Liz Rosenberg, Jaimee Wriston-Colbert, Alexi Zentner Nonfiction: Leslie L. Heywood

Bluegrass Writers Studio at Eastern Kentucky University

Poetry: Julie Hensley, Young Smith Fiction: Julie Hensley, Nancy Jensen, Robert D. Johnson Nonfiction: Nancy Jensen, Robert D. Johnson, Evan J. Massey

Boise State University

Poetry: Martin Corless-Smith, Sara Nicholson, Taryn Schwilling Fiction: Mitch Wieland (Director), Anna Caritj Creative Nonfiction: Clyde Moneyhun

Boston University

Poetry: Andrea Cohen, Karl Kirchwey, Robert Pinsky Fiction: Leslie Epstein, Jennifer Haigh, Ha Jin

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Poetry: Abigail Cloud, Sharona Muir, F. Dan Rzicznek, Larissa Szporluk, Jessica Zinz-Cheresnick Fiction: Joe Celizic, Lawrence Coates, Reema Rajbanshi, Michael Schulz

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Poetry: Kimberly Johnson, Lance Larsen, Michael Lavers, John Talbot Fiction: Chris Crowe, Ann Dee Ellis, Spencer Hyde, Stephen Tuttle Nonfiction: Joey Franklin, Patrick Madden

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New England College’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is a truly transformative learning experience for writers. The MFA in Creative Writing delivers a rigorous, individualized program, with five dynamic degree tracks: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Writing for Stage and Screen, and Dual Genre.

Four semester, 64 credit MFA program

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Every semester begins with an MFA Residency at New England College’s Henniker, NH campus

Additionally, New England College’s MFA program is one of very few low-residency programs to offer Graduate Teaching Assistantships, providing students opportunities to gain relevant teaching experience for future academic careers. Students also have opportunities for specialized study in areas such as translation, cross-genre writing/hybrid forms, editing and publishing, new media, and performance.

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New England College’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is a truly transformative learning experience for writers. The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) delivers a rigorous, individualized program, with three dynamic degree tracks: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Dual-Genre.

Paige Ackerson-Kiely

Paige Ackerson-Kiely is the author of three books of poetry—In No One’s Land (Ahsahta, 2007); My Love is a Dead Arctic Explorer (Ahsahta, 2012); and Dolefully, A Rampart Stands (Penguin, 2019)—and other works of poetry and prose. Her poems have appeared in journals such as jubilat, Ninth Letter, Bellingham Review, Verse, and Copper Nickel. She’s received grants and fellowships from such places as Poets & Writers, Boomerang, Vermont Arts Council, and others.

Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions, 2017), which was longlisted for the National Book Award and won the Thom Gunn Award, among other honors. Bloodaxe Books has just released the UK edition. He is also the author of four chapbooks, most recently You MUST Use the Word Smoothie (Sundress Publications, 2019) and GESUNDHEIT! (with Sam Herschel Wein and out now from Glass Poetry Press). His work appears in many publications, including Poetry, Poem-a-Day, The Best American Poetry (2015 and 2019), and The Best American Nonrequired Reading (2017). He has received a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from Kundiman and the National Endowment for the Arts. He holds an MFA from Syracuse University and a PhD from Texas Tech University. He teaches at Brandeis University as the Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence and co-runs the journal, Underblong. He lives in Waltham, Massachusetts, with his partner, Jeff Gilbert, and their pug, Mr. Rupert Giles.

https://www.chenchenwrites.com/

Anaïs Duplan

Anaïs Duplan is a trans* poet, curator, and artist. He is the author of a book of essays, Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture (Black Ocean, 2020); a full-length poetry collection, Take This Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016); and a chapbook, Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus (Monster House Press, 2017). He has taught poetry at the University of Iowa, Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, and St. Joseph’s College.

His video works have been exhibited by Flux Factory, Daata Editions, the 13th Baltic Triennial in Lithuania, Mathew Gallery, NeueHouse, the Paseo Project, and will be exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles in 2021. As an independent curator, he has facilitated curatorial projects in Chicago; Boston; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Reykjavík, Iceland. He was a 2017–2019 joint Public Programs fellow at the Museum of Modern Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem. In 2016, he founded the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, an artist residency program for artists of color, based at Iowa City’s artist-run organization Public Space One. He works as Program Manager at Recess.

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Tara Ison is the author of three novels: A Child out of Alcatraz, The List, and Rockaway; the essay collection Reeling Through Life: How I Learned to Live, Love, and Die at the Movies; and the short story collection Ball. Her work has appeared in Tin House, BOMB, The Kenyon Review, Salon, Black Clock, O, the Oprah Magazine, Electric Lit, and several anthologies. She is the recipient of multiple Yaddo fellowships, the PEN Southwest Award for Creative Nonfiction, and two NEA fellowships. She is also the co-writer of the cult classic movie Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead. Ison is a Professor of Creative Writing at Arizona State University.

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Jennifer Militello

Jennifer Militello is the author of the poetry collection The Pact (Tupelo Press/Shearsman Books, 2021) and the memoir Knock Wood (Dzanc Books, 2019) and is winner of the Dzanc Nonfiction Prize. She is also the author of four previous collections of poetry, including A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments (Tupelo Press, 2016), called “positively bewitching” by Publishers Weekly and Body Thesaurus (Tupelo Press, 2013), named one of the best books of 2013 by Best American Poetry. Her poems and nonfiction have appeared in Best American Poetry, Best New Poets, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, POETRY, and Tin House.

https://jennifermilitello.com/about/

Andrew Morgan

Andrew Morgan is a professor, poet, editor, and volunteer whose work can be found in magazines such as Conduit, Verse, Slope, Stride, Fairy Tale Review, New World Writing, Post Road, Pleiades (as part of a “Younger American Poets” feature) and is the recipient of a Slovenian Writer’s Association Fellowship, which sponsored a month-long writing residency in the country’s capital city of Ljubljana. Currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at New England College, his first book, Month of Big Hands, was published by Natural History Press in 2013.

https://newworldwriting.net/andrew-morgan-services/

Anna Qu is a Chinese-American writer. Her debut memoir, Made in China: A Memoir of Love and Labor was published in 2021 by Catapult. Publisher’s Weekly hailed the memoir as “the arrival of a new voice,” and Time has called it a must-read for the summer. Her work has appeared in the Threepenny Review, Lumina, Kartika, Kweli, and Vol.1 Brooklyn, among others. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and teaches workshops at Catapult and Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop.

https://www.annaqu.com/

David Ryan is the author of the short story collection, Animals in Motion (Roundabout Press) and Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano: Bookmarked (Ig Publishing). His fiction has appeared in Esquire, Tin House, BOMB, Fence, Denver Quarterly, and Alaska Quarterly Review, among others, and has been anthologized in Flash Fiction Forward (W.W. Norton), Boston Noir 2: The Classics (Akashic Books), and The Mississippi Review: 30 Years. His essays, reviews, and interviews have appeared in The Paris Review, Tin House, BOMB, BookForum, The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Fiction (Oxford University Press), and others. A founding editor of the literary magazine, Post Road, he currently edits the Fiction and Theatre sections.

http://www.davidwryan.com/

Allison Titus

Allison Titus is a poet and fiction writer living in Richmond, Virginia. She is the author of three chapbooks of poetry: Instructions from the Narwhal (Bateau Press, 2007), Topography of Tears (Artifact Press, 2017), and Sob Story (Barrelhouse Press, 2018); two books of poetry: Sum of Every Lost Ship (Cleveland State University Press, 2010), and The True Book of Animal Homes (Saturnalia Press, 2017); and a novel, The Arsonist’s Song Has Nothing to Do with Fire (Etruscan Press, 2014). In 2011, she was awarded a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts for her poetry.

https://www.allisontitus.com/bio

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Online MFA in Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts

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Earn an MFA in Creative Writing Online

  • $637/credit (48 credits total)
  • Transfer up to 12 graduate credits
  • 100% online – no residency required
  • Four fiction genres to choose from
  • Career-focused certificate included
  • No application fee or GRE/GMAT scores required

Online MFA in Creative Writing Program Overview

Share your story with the world and let the power of storytelling take your career to new heights with an online Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing . As one of the only programs available that encourages a focus on genre fiction, our online MFA lets you hone your craft in an area specific to your strengths and interests. You'll also learn about the business side of creative writing, preparing you to market your work in the real world.

While most MFA programs require a residency, Southern New Hampshire University's online MFA in Creative Writing can be completed entirely online, with no travel necessary.

“Traditional MFA programs, whether full-time or low residency, are out of reach for many writers,” said Paul Witcover , associate dean of creative writing. “The SNHU online MFA was designed to make the MFA experience accessible to all fiction writers, opening the door to diverse voices excluded for too long from the literary conversation. Our program is dedicated to giving writers the tools to succeed on the page and beyond it.”

Graduates leave the program with a completed and revised novel in one of our four offered genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance and Speculative. With the included certificates in either online teaching of writing or professional writing , you'll have the skills to support your writing career, no matter where it takes you.

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  • The business and technical sides of professional writing
  • How to navigate the publishing ecosystem, identify agents and editors, and market your work to appeal to decision-makers
  • Using social media to gain a following and build your brand
  • How to teach writing in a classroom setting

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At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.

The Value of an Online MFA

Emily Jones ’20 embraced a transformational experience through the online MFA in Creative Writing program, which supported her in taking her writing career to the next level. “I can now say, without even a hint of imposter syndrome, that I am a writer,” said Jones. “And that is because of Southern New Hampshire University.”

Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, writers and authors made a median annual salary of $69,510 in 2021, while editors made $63,350. 1

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“Our mission is to give students a degree and associated practical skills they can use to forge successful pathways in academia, business, or by blazing their own career trail,” said Paul Witcover , associate dean of creative writing.

Earning one of the included certificates in online teaching of writing or professional writing will also be an invaluable addition to your resume for part-time, full-time and freelance jobs in a variety of fields, including:

  • Higher education. Instruct writing courses in higher education settings. In 2021, postsecondary teachers made a median annual wage of $79,640, and you can expect to see a 12% growth in available positions through 2031, according to the BLS. 1
  • Advertising. Use your storytelling skills in a way that influences consumer action. As a copywriter, you could find yourself doing any number of writing projects from crafting emails and ads to writing entire commercials.
  • Marketing. If you're more comfortable with long-form prose, many businesses have invested in content writers who create quality content such as blog posts, ebooks and podcasts to attract and retain customers.
  • Entertainment. Good at building suspense or setting up punchlines? From movies and plays to comedy and podcasts, being a good storyteller and writer is important to finding success in the entertainment industry.
  • History. Every person's life has a plot, but it takes writers like you to tell their stories in a compelling way. Help readers relive the experiences of historic figures and pop culture icons as a biographer.

Higher Education

Instruct writing courses in higher education at a college or university, either in-person or online.

Advertising

Influence consumer action through copywriting, from print ads to digital advertising and broadcast commercials.

Create written content such as blog posts, ebooks and podcasts to attract and retain customers.

Entertainment

From movies and plays to comedy and podcasts, writers often find success in the entertainment industry.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts favorable job growth in postsecondary education. And while statistics are not available for all job settings mentioned above, the BLS reports the following:

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The BLS predicts an 8% growth in available postsecondary teaching positions through 2032. 1

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Writers and authors made a median annual salary of $73,150 in 2022, while editors made $73,080 and postsecondary teachers made $80,840. 1

Understanding the Numbers When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors — like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online MFA in Creative Writing

If you're looking to earn your Master of Fine Arts online, you've found the right program. Even though there are no residency requirements, you'll still interact frequently with other students and faculty members in asynchronous discussions, critique workshops and within our online writer’s community, where students come together to share industry news, extend writing tips and develop critique partnerships.

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"I liked MFA-514 (Advanced Studies in Genre Literature) best," said student Jamilla Geter . "It was a great look into the different genres. It really helped me narrow down what genre I wanted to write in."

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"Though it was not writing exactly, its connection to it – especially in our digital world – was made clear almost immediately," she said. "Writing is not just providing content of value to your readers, but also creating avenues of access so those readers can find your content. This course helped me to understand that and to learn how I can create those avenues."

Besides allowing you to focus on your own creative interests, part of our 48-credit online MFA curriculum requires you to choose from 2 certificate offerings designed to round out your education and better prepare you for a multitude of writing-related careers.

The first choice is a Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching of Writing , which is tailored to those who see themselves teaching in an online classroom setting as a supplement to their writing careers. Students practice approaches to editing and coaching, learning how to establish a virtual instructor presence and cultivate methods for supporting and engaging students within online writing communities.

Learn more about the online teaching of writing graduate certificate .

Students can also choose the Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing , which highlights the technical and business opportunities available to writers. Students will develop a range of skills, such as copywriting, social media, marketing principles and/or content generation, learning many of the freelancing skills integral to today’s project-driven economy.

Learn more about the professional writing graduate certificate .

All of our courses are taught by accomplished authors and industry professionals who know both the craft and business of creative writing. They will work closely with you to develop both your creative and professional skill set.

"All instructors within my program were extremely knowledgeable and helpful," Warden said. "I learned a lot about the different career paths my instructors chose. ... The course instruction, along with their anecdotal experiences, helped in offering knowledge in different areas of our field.

MFA Program Thesis

The thesis for the Online MFA in Creative Writing is required to be a novel of at least 50,000 words in one of the four genres the program offers: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance, and Speculative.

Every Southern New Hampshire University online MFA student who graduates from the program will do so with a revised novel manuscript in their chosen genre, which is completed in a three-course thesis series. Throughout your tenure in the program, you can either work on a singular idea that you will develop during the three thesis courses, or you can begin a new project for your thesis. You can also combine elements of the four genres offered in the program for your thesis. For example, your thesis might be a YA Speculative Fiction novel.

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"My three thesis classes for the MFA degree were the most helpful," said Kathleen Harris '21 . "I was actually writing a book as my thesis, so it was both enjoyable and advantageous for the degree. And it was the end of a very long milestone of accomplishments."

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Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually. *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs: Course Materials ($ varies by course). Foundational courses may be required based on your undergraduate course history, which may result in additional cost.

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How to Become a Writer in New Hampshire with a BFA, MFA or Similar Creative Writing Degree

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There’s something in the air in New Hampshire that makes for good writing. Maybe it’s those New England autumns where quiet, winding roads cut through brilliant foliage and warm cider fills the air. Maybe it’s the centuries-old seaport towns like Portsmouth where remnants of the American Revolution inspire images of the American dream. Or maybe it’s the idyllic landscape, framed by the snow-capped Appalachian range, that slowly unfolds as you wind your way through the Kancamagus Highway.

The Granite State is home to the likes of Jodi Picoult, Dan Brown and John Irving – arguably some of the biggest names in contemporary literature. But it’s also where some of America’s literary giants like J.D. Salinger and Robert Frost wrote the creative works that inspired a nation and shaped the literary world. Frost wrote some of his most beloved poems and books of poetry while on the Frost Farm in Derry, undoubtedly moved by the beauty that surrounded him. “Whose woods these are I think I know/His house is in the village though/He will not see me stopping here/To watch his woods fill up with snow” (Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening).

Okay, so you’ve got yourself big shoes to fill. But the cool thing about the creative writing field is that it’s never saturated, and there’s always a spot for an emerging voice with something interesting to say. From Nashua to Concord to Lincoln, New Hampshire is rich not only in inspiration, but in exciting opportunities to begin exploring your creative voice.

And when you’re ready to make a name for yourself and begin transforming your love of the written word into a lifelong career that pays the bills, it’s time to get the education that you’ll need – a traditional bachelor’s or master’s degree in creative writing, or a fine arts degree, namely the BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) or MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in Creative Writing.

New Hampshire: A Sanctuary for the Creative Writer and Poet

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Robert Frost – If you’re a lover of Robert Frost’s poetry, there’s not one, but two places that have kept his past alive here – the Frost Place in Franconia and the Frost Farm in Derry. While the Frost Place is often associated with a lull in his work, the Frost Farm is largely associated with a prolific period of his life. He once wrote to a friend, “To a large extent, the terrain of my poetry is the Derry landscape, the Derry farm…There was something about the experience at Derry which stayed in my mind and was tapped for poetry in the years that came after.”

J.D. Salinger – The author famously fled the intense, frenetic NYC scene in 1953 after receiving literary acclaim for his most famous work, Catcher in the Rye , and moved to a ramshackle barn in Cornish, complete with no running water and no bathroom. But what this property lacked it made up for in tranquility, solitude, and a view that fueled his creativity for the better part of his adult life. It was here that he wrote Franny , Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters , and several others. He spent the next sixty years on his property in Cornish (in two separate cottages) until his death at age 91.

Grace Metalious – Her most famous work, Peyton Place , a rather scandalous novel that quickly became one of the most best-selling works in publishing history, was written in Manchester though inspired by Gilmanton, where she was raised. Her grave in Gilmanton is visited regularly by curious lovers of her famous work who often leave coins and flowers on top of her white marble headstone.

E.E. Cummings – This famed poet’s New Hampshire summer retreat, Joy Farm in Madison (Silver Lake), is a National Historic Landmark. This home, best described as a modest, Cape Cod-style home with weather-beaten clapboard siding, is exactly what you would imagine a poet’s refuge to be – quiet, solitary, and nestled in a whisper-quiet meadow. It’s also where he created many of his most famous works. Today, it frequently serves as a writer’s retreat, and the Joy Farm Writer’s Retreat hand selects a distinguished group of writers-in-residences to host them.

Creative Writing Classes, Courses, and Workshops in New Hampshire Can Prepare You for a Creative Writing Degree

As anyone who’s dabbled in the creative writing field will tell you, there’s no holy grail waiting to be discovered. In other words, there’s no one formula that you’ll follow to hone your craft. Instead, it’s a process that starts with putting in the time and writing, writing, writing. It’s about exploring what works, and certainly what doesn’t. It’s also about discovery – learning and being inspired by others and settling into, and getting comfortable with, the literary scene and your local writing community. After all, great writers aren’t born overnight.

Welcoming both aspiring and published writers, the New Hampshire’s Writing Project is a great nonprofit arts organization in Manchester that’s home to a nice variety of events throughout the year, including its own conference. Some of the popular events they host include a Writer’s Night Out, which is like a meet-and-great for writers to discuss what they’re working on, and the Three-Minute Fiction Slam, a fast-paced literary competition that challenges writers to write a literary piece in three minutes or less in front a panel of judges. You don’t have to be a member, but doing so gets you free admission to most events and an invitation to their annual conference.

The Poetry Society of New Hampshire in Amherst should be on your radar if poetry is your genre. Members of the society (it’s just $25 for the year to join!) enjoy access to a nice array of events throughout the year. Participate in an open mic night; listen to published poets talk about their creative process and recite their work; and meet and talk to the poets of The Poets Touchstone journal.

Exeter LitFest is an annual literary fest that brings together aspiring and published authors in one, dynamic occasion. Last year’s festival brought big names in publishing, poetry, and literature over the course of the weekend. They also work with handful of local restaurants to provide unique literary menus and promotions to keep the party going after the day’s events end (translation: your opportunity to hobnob with well-known artists and maybe even buy them a drink).

And between events and other social gatherings, there’s plenty to keep you learning and growing as a writer. Check out the literary magazine Barnstorm , sponsored by the University of New Hampshire MFA program. It doesn’t cost a dime to submit your work to them, and their blogs are always chocked full of good advice. Franklin Pierce University’s student-run literary journal, Northern New England Review , is another great spot to read good stories and submit your own. They always welcome submissions from aspiring writers from New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont.

Writing Colleges in New Hampshire Offering Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Creative Writing Provide a Path to Becoming a Writer

Creative writing is a pastime many of us enjoy, but if you want to graduate beyond the occasional open-mic night or literary festival, you’re always best served with a formal degree in your back pocket. Simply put, there’s no substitute for the education and practical training that a bachelor’s or master’s degree can offer, particularly a BFA or MFA in Creative Writing. A degree is an inevitable steppingstone if you’re serious about moving beyond amateur endeavors and into the big league.

Are there exceptions to every rule, and will you come across the writer who’s made it without an education? Perhaps. But the formal training of a BFA or MFA comes complete with unmatched guidance and mentorship from an experienced faculty of published writers and visiting writers; superb opportunities to work with student-led publications and get your feet wet through an internship; and exciting opportunities to move beyond your comfort zone and explore a variety of genres, themes, topics, and more.

Best of all, whether you want an on-campus or online academic experience, there’s a great (and growing) selection of colleges and universities in New Hampshire and beyond that are home to undergraduate and graduate creative writing programs.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Other Bachelor’s Degrees in Creative Writing in New Hampshire

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  • English-Creative Writing concentration

New England College

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  • Creative Writing

Southern New Hampshire University

southern new hampshire university

  • Creative Writing and English (Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting)

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS

Public School

university of new hampshire

  • English-Writing focus

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Other Master’s Degrees in Creative Writing in New Hampshire

Degree:  Master – MFA

  • Creative Writing (Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Writing for Stage and Screen, Dual Genre)

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

Degree:  Master – MFA, MA

  • MFA - Creative Writing
  • MA - Creative Writing (Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenwriting)
  • Writing (Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Poetry)

Kimberly Priest

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Faculty Writing, Rhetoric, and Cultures First Year Writing

Assistant Professor

Kimberly Ann Priest is the author of Slaughter the One Bird (Sundress Publications)–a finalist for the American Best Book Awards–and the chapbooks The Optimist Shelters in Place (Small Harbor Press), Parrot Flower (Glass Poetry Press, ), Still Life (PANK), and White Goat Black Sheep (FLP). She is an MFA graduate in Creative Writing from New England College, already holding an MA in English Language & Literature from Central Michigan University. A proud Michigan native, she has taught composition and creative writing courses for Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, and Alma College, and participated in local initiatives to increase awareness concerning sexual assault, survivorship, and healing through artistic expression. Her writing carefully observes the intersections of gender violence, narrative identities, embodiment, trauma, motherhood, and environmental issues as well as survival, wildness, joy & grief. Winner of the Heartland Poetry Prize in the New Poetry from the Midwest Anthology by New American Press (2019), her poetry has appeared in several literary journals including North Dakota Quarterly, Salamander, Borderlands, RELIEF, RiverSedge, The Meadow, and The Berkeley Poetry Review. She has served as a book reviewer for NewPages, editorial intern with Sundress Publications, summer intern for Black Earth Institute, and received residencies from Writer’s House PGH (as the James Dolan Writer in Residence), Owsley Fork Writer’s Sanctuary, Monson Arts and Sundress Academy. Currently, she is an associate poetry editor for Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry.

Research Areas

Gender Violence; Narrative Identities; Dark Rhetorics; Body Politics; Poetics & Hybrid Texts; Trauma; Motherhood; Environmental Issues; Spirituality & Mental Health

MFA, New England College

MA, Central Michigan University

BA, Regent University

Research and Academic Affiliations

Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry

Association of Writers and Writing Programs

Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature

Awards and Honors

Finalist of the american best book awards, winner of the 2019 heartland poetry prize, semi-finalist for still life in the new delta review chapbook competition hosted by the new delta review, semi-finalist for parrot flower in the black river chapbook competition hosted by black lawrence press, poetry winner for “record of wrongs” in women under scrutiny: the (dis)comfort) of our bodies, ourselves, anthology, brooklyn girl books..

WRA 101: Writing as Inquiry

WRA 195H: Writing as Inquiry Honors

The New England College Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is more than a graduate degree program: it is transformative education for writers. The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program offers a rigorous graduate education in Creative Writing that is based on progressive pedagogy, individualized study, and academic/artistic mentorship. The program’s academic model is studio/research, integrating substantial work in the academic study and creative production of literary art. The Program’s academic format combines brief residential learning experiences on the New England College campus with individualized, home-based mentorship study. The Program’s educational model provides our students with an ideal structure for their academic coursework and individual development as writers-featuring an immersive, community-based educational experience in the residential setting, as well as independent home-based study that is supported by one-on-one faculty mentorship in a natural format for the writing life. The MFA Creative Writing Program’s progressive pedagogy and comprehensive curriculum guide students’ individual development in the study, process, practice, and profession of Creative Writing. Program graduates are well-prepared for the writing life and the pursuit of their individual goals and professional aspirations.

The Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing Program offers five primary areas of concentration for single-genre course of study: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Writing for Stage and Screen, and Interdisciplinary Literary Arts. The MFA also offers a dual-genre option for students who wish to study two individual genres.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program will:

  • Understand the history, theories, and movements that have shaped and continue to influence the writing, reading, and critical reception of literary works.
  • Be able to locate their own writing in historical, theoretical, and cultural contexts.
  • Be able to engage in rigorous critical discourse on their own writing and the work of others.
  • Demonstrate a keen awareness of the writer’s craft and effective use of craft in their own writing.
  • Effectively employ skills and methods of revision in their writing process.
  • Apply what they have learned and practiced to the production of a substantial body of high‐quality literary work.
  • Demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and discipline necessary for successful post-graduate professional life in Creative Writing.
  • Actively and ethically engage in their academic, literary, geographic, and cultural communities.
  • Meaningfully contribute to literary/artistic culture and the advancement of the literary arts.

Degree and Thesis Requirements

The Master of Fine Arts is a terminal degree in the field of Creative Writing, and it requires at least two years (four semesters/five campus residencies) of intensive full-time study and the completion of at least 64 credits for a single-genre degree or two and a half years (five semesters/six campus residencies) of intensive full time study and the completion of at least 80 credits for a dual-genre degree.

  • Creative Writing, Dual-genre Track, M.F.A.
  • Creative Writing, Fiction Track, M.F.A.
  • Creative Writing, Interdisciplinary Literary Arts Track, M.F.A.
  • Creative Writing, Non-Fiction Track, M.F.A.
  • Creative Writing, Poetry Track, M.F.A.
  • Creative Writing, Writing for Stage and Screen Track, M.F.A.

R. Stranger MFA’24 combines creative writing and visual arts in their multimedia approach to art

by Linda Lenhoff, February 15, 2024

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R. Stranger MFA’24 incorporates visual work into their writing, striving to find their own personal channel of creating. Through PNCA’s Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing program, Stranger has been able to pursue cross-genre, collaborative work, combining prose, poetry, photography, film, archiving, and cataloging. “I needed to be in a writing program situated within an art school, where I would have the ability and freedom to incorporate my visual work and embodied practice into my creative writing,” Stranger says. “Literature and art have been the portals through which I receive so much of the world.”

The program’s unique approach to treating writing as a multidisciplinary studio art practice offers Stranger the ability to build relationships across departments. Stranger is especially grateful for mentorship from faculty members Vi Khi Nao , a writer, and Dao Strom , an artist. “Each of them has undeniably affected my work and approach to writing and creating,” Stranger says, adding that Nao “opened my eyes to the depth of emotion we can allow ourselves to go and the necessary risks that an artist must take if they wish to be true to their work and themselves.

Stranger focuses on difficult issues in their art, including “the multidimensional nature of queerness, the complexities of having/being a body, and the transformative nature of grief,” Stranger says. Utilizing several mediums allows Stranger to “move through the work of mourning and living through different layers of humanness.”

PNCA and the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies have granted Stranger multiple opportunities to share and show their work. “I tabled my zines at the 2022 Do-It-Yourself / Do-It-Ourselves Graduate Symposium as well as at this year’s Form.a Art Press Fair at Oregon Contemporary,” Stranger says. Their photography was also selected for display at Lightbox Photographic Gallery’s New Visionaries exhibit through an Oregon BFA/MFA photo student exhibition call organized by PNCA faculty Rachel Wolf .

The proverbial cherry on top of Stranger’s experience at PNCA has been having a private studio within an institutional space, thanks to Strom and Creative Writing Program Director Jay Ponteri . “I can still be in the world while also receiving access to a nurturing art community and the institutional resources that aid my public art practice.”

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New England College’s MFA in Creative Writing program hosts the 2024 Winter Reading Series, featuring readings by the program’s highly talented writers. The event is free and open to the public.

Dates: Tuesday, January 2–Friday, January 5, 2024 Time: 7:30 p.m. for all sessions Location: John Lyons Learning Commons, 55 Depot Hill Road, for all sessions

Tuesday, January 2 Paige Ackerson-Kiely and Andrew Morgan

Paige Ackerson-Kiely, faculty member in NEC's MFA in Creative Writing program

Wednesday, January 3 Allison Titus and Chika Unigwe

MFA in Creative Writing faculty member and author Allison Titus

Thursday, January 4 Tara Ison and Jennifer Militello

MFA Faculty Tara Ison

Friday, January 5 Chen Chen and David Ryan

MFA in Creative Writing Faculty

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