M.F.A. in Creative Writing
If you are interested in not only writing your book but getting it published, as well as being part of a vibrant, close-knit community of writers, then Fairfield's MFA is the program for you.
- Fiction (including literary YA, historical, and short story),
- Nonfiction (memoir, personal essay)
- Scriptwriting/ Playwriting
Concentrations within the above genres
Dual Genres and Mixed Genres available
Our retention rate of over 95% clearly indicates that students enjoy the community fostered between both students and faculty, during our island residencies. The support and guidance of our award-winning faculty during the one-on-one mentoring semesters as well as the many opportunities to get together at both our on-campus activities and our online MFA page illustrate our commitment to the well being and success of each and every one of our writing students.
With our flexible, twice-yearly residencies on Enders Island in Mystic, CT, you don't have to interrupt your life, your career, or your family by attending weekly classes. While highly rigorous, the program can be tailored to suit a student's individual writing goals. Our core writing faculty are not only nationally recognized writers, they are skilled and supportive teachers, who share their knowledge and passion for writing with their students.
Some of our program highlights include:
- The Fairfield Book Prize, one of the few book competitions open only to students and alums of an MFA program.
- Study abroad residency programs available in Galway and Florence.
- The chance to gain important editorial experience working on our national online magazine, Mason's Road, or with one of several faculty publishers.
- Being close to New York, we invite agents, editors, and publishers to meet individually with students at every residency.
- Flexible programming that allows students to work in more than one genre.
- Students may work at Fairfield's Bellarmine Museum, and have an exhibition of their work.
- Third-semester students may gain valuable editing experience working as an intern on a magazine or at a publishing house.
- 5th semester, post-grad options to continue to work with a faculty mentor to polish a manuscript for submission.
- The only low-res MFA program to offer college English teacher training for those interested in teaching on the college level.
To learn more about the program, please click on features, requirements, residency, faculty, and director section. Have more questions? Read our FAQs. We are accepting applications for our summer residency, July 19 to July 29, 2013.