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Creative Writing MFA

The New School
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
New York City

Program description

Creative Writing MFA - The New School in NYC

The New School's creative writing graduate program allows you to join a community of diverse voices, plug into New York's publishing world, and build a network that will support you through graduation and beyond.

MFA Creative Writing students develop their craft in workshops and literature seminars led by an internationally recognized faculty with close ties to New York publishing and the city's literary scene. Courses and events are held in the evening, enabling students to work during the day while in the program.

Evenings with agents and editors, exclusively for MFA students, provide informal opportunities to meet publishing professionals. Courses and internships provide students with hands-on experience in publishing. In The Writing and Publishing Lab, students use new and traditional technologies to produce works that combine text and images, while also taking part in project-based internships. Students also serve as editorial staff members and work with alumni on The New School's nationally distributed literary journal, LIT.

The four areas of concentration within this creative writing degree are as follows:


Class sessions are principally devoted to reading and discussing students' fiction, usually short stories or excerpts from novels-in-progress. Students learn how to balance inspiration with revision; explore methods for strengthening characterization, storytelling, and style while developing their voices to the utmost; and explore those narrative forms and techniques best suited to their individual styles.


Class sessions are principally devoted to reading and discussing students' poems. There is constant attention to the craft of poetry, the skills and strategies involved in making the modern poem, aspects of prosody and new directions in writing, and, particularly, the discovery (and invention) of techniques most appropriate for the poet's subjects, issues, and materials. There is special emphasis on possibilities for revision.


Class sessions are principally devoted to reading and discussing students' nonfiction, usually in the form of personal reminiscence, reflective essay, reportage, and biography. Students learn how to choose a subject; develop a sense of structure, tone, style, and personal voice; and attend to such techniques as characterization, dialogue, imagery, metaphor, and dramatic development, as well as to the skills of interviewing and documentary research.

Writing for Children and Young Adults

Class sessions are principally devoted to reading and discussing students' writings for children in the form of stories, picture book texts, 8-12 fiction or nonfiction, and teenage fiction or nonfiction. Students explore the techniques and strategies of writing and producing books for children and learn to find voices and forms for their writing and to express their ideas in styles appropriate for children's interests at different ages. Students initiate and develop projects of their own choosing.

Admission requirements

For admission requirements and application guidelines please request information or visit The New School's website. 

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Scholarships & funding

Merit-based partial scholarships are available. Please visit our program webpage to learn more!

Tuition fees

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Upon completion of this program, students will be awarded a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from The New School.

Continuing studies

  • Each year, we hold a party in the spring at which we celebrate the publication of books by our graduates. In 2016, alumni published 42 books. A large number of essays, poems, and short stories are published in literary journals and magazine. Along with being published writers, our graduates also go on to become celebrated teachers, editors, publishers, and media professionals. They are attuned to the effects of technology on traditional literature and the new ways readers experience storytelling. 


About this institute

Study in one of the greatest cities in the world, NYC

Founded in 1919 and located in Greenwich Village, The New School is a comprehensive university in New York City. The university is a place for creative scholars, artists, and designers to interact with a massively diverse community, discuss ideas, and...

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The New School

66 West 12th Street
NY 10011 New York
United States of America

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