Manhattanville MFA in Creative Writing

'We build creative communities' - Lori Soderlind, Director

Barat House, our literary home

Manhattanville’s 36-credit Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program is open to graduates of accredited colleges and universities who demonstrate a strong potential in writing and critical thinking. Students are admitted to the program primarily on the strength of the writing they submit as part of the application process. The program can be completed in two years, though students may work at their own pace, beginning in either the fall or spring semester—or with Summer Writers’ Week, a comprehensive week-long program that consists of writing workshops in the mornings and special events in the afternoons. Writers’ Week is offered annually at the end of June. This year it will take place June 17-21, 2019.

Lori Soderlind, Program Director, & Jive Poetic

5 Things to Know About Our MFA Program:


You will find a creative home here, on a welcoming campus in a lush, private setting 30 minutes (one short train ride away) from New York City.


Graduate student housing makes your creative home a real home. If you choose to live here, you’ll save a bundle. Check the rents in NYC and Westchester, then get back to us. We think you’ll want to book a room.


Great writers are part of the experience. Edwidge Danticat, Tracy K. Smith, Jennifer Eagan, U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, and many others have joined us for recent events.


Great teachers shape your work. Our program faculty are excellent writers who are also excellent teachers. We believe the right teacher can transform aspirants into artists.


Our program is built on the principle that strong writers emerge from strong communities. Our students thrive in the community we’ve created; our alumni return to it, like family.
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