M.F.A in Creative Writing - Message from the Director


Dear Prospective Student,

Imagine waking to the sounds of the ocean lapping against the shore, the screech of sea gulls, the tangy smell of salt in the air. Imagine the sun setting over the water and the first stars coming out at night. Imagine yourself in this setting, being part of a unique writers' community where you can learn your craft at the same time you form life-time relationships with other writers.

Imagine your dream of being a writer becoming a reality the moment you set foot on Enders Island.

The Fairfield University MFA in Creative Writing program offers concentrations in poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and screenwriting, as well as the option of dual concentrations. While highly rigorous, the program can be tailored to suit a student's individual writing goals, in part by allowing every student to work in a second genre for one semester.

Our core writing faculty is made up of award-winning writers and teachers, who are not only well-published but also skilled and caring teachers. Our guest faculty have included nationally recognized authors such as Anita Shreve, Mark Doty, Rick Moody, Philip Schultz, Mary Karr, Wally Lamb,and Charles Simic. We also offer students the exciting option of taking one of their residences abroad either in Florence, Italy or Galway, Ireland. While our program helps students to master the craft of writing, equally important is our emphasis on helping our students get published. Each residency offers our students the chance to meet and work with New York editors and agents. In the past year alone 10 of our MFA students have had books published -- including novels, memoirs, and collections of stories and poetry. In addition, we are one of the few low-residency programs that has a post-grad teaching option for those who would like to teach at the college level.

Fairfield University's MFA in Creative Writing offers you a wealth of opportunities. Come join us for our summer residency from July 17-26, 2015. Your "writer within" is sure to be inspired - by the people, the program, the place, and by your own distinct sense of purpose.

If you have a question about our program, feel free to contact me by phone, (203) 254-4000, ext. 3153, or e-mail.

Michael C. White
Program Director