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Master of Fine arts

Creative Writing Program

DISCOVER A UNIVERSITY THAT HAS BEEN PROGRESSIVE SINCE ITS INCEPTION. The New School was founded in 1919 by a group of intellectual progressives looking to radically change the narratives surrounding higher education. Today, this comprehensive university continues to be a force of new writing, promoting critical inquiry and literary expression through the MFA in Creative Writing, a program that positions graduates as industry leaders across genres, media, New York City, and the world.

Writing at The New School MFA Creative Writing students come to The New School to join a community of diverse writers, to become part of New York’s publishing world, and to build a network of support through graduation and beyond. They develop their craft in workshops and literature seminars led by an internationally recognized faculty with close ties to publishing and the city’s literary scene. Here, students gain the benefits of both

intimate workshops and a literary metropolis. In courses and private conferences, our teachers guide students through critiques of their manuscripts, focusing on the creative acts of revision and self-editing. In our seminars, students learn to read like writers, looking closely at published work in order to discover their own voices. Innovative courses in publishing and multimedia storytelling enable students to take part in the evolution of literature. Courses and events are held in the evening, enabling students to work during the day while in the program.

Live the Writer’s Life in New York City The New School’s Creative Writing program hosts an extraordinary array of events: readings and panels, book releases, and national literary award ceremonies. The graduate writing program is at the center of today’s literary conversation. Annual events hosted by the MFA Creative Writing program include: --National Book Award Finalists Reading --PEN Awards Ceremony --National Book Critics Circle Readings and Awards Ceremony --The Story Prize --Best American Poetry Reading --Literary Writers Conference, co-sponsored with the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses --Comadres y Compadres Latino Writers Conference 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. In Freeman’s Journal Seminar, students help produce a professional journal distributed by Grove

distributed literary journal, LIT.

Life After the MFA

Recent student internships include:

More than 40 graduates publish books each year. For a

Press. Students also serve as editorial staff members and work with alumni on The New School’s nationally

-- PEN -- Guernica -- The Academy of American Poets -- Scholastic -- Open Road Media

list of titles, visit our blog at A large number of essays, poems, and short stories are published in literary journals and magazines. 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

-- Interview magazine

technology on traditional literature and the new ways

-- Tin House magazine

readers experience storytelling.

Curriculum Fiction • Poetry • Nonfiction • Writing for Children and young adults Applicants select one of the four concentrations listed above. Within their concentrations, students work intensively on their own writing, receiving feedback in workshops. The practice of writing is enriched by seminars on classic and contemporary literature, investigated from the perspective of the active writer. Seminars emphasize reading as a writer and learning to approach one’s own writing with an informed and critical eye. All students also participate in the Writer’s Life Colloquium, a series of special readings, national award ceremonies, and opportunities to meet publishing professionals. For a full description of each concentration, visit

Degree Requirements The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is awarded for successful completion of a 36-credit course of study. This full-time evening program is designed to be completed in two years (four semesters). Because of the integral nature of the curriculum, transfer credits are not accepted. The curriculum consists of Writing Workshops 3 four-credit courses Literature Seminars 3 four-credit courses Writer’s Life Colloquium 4 one-credit courses Final Semester Thesis 1 eight-credit course During each of the first three semesters, students take one writing workshop and one literature seminar. During their final semester (in residence), students choose a faculty member to advise on the thesis, consisting of a creative project (a substantial original work of literature) and a literature project (a substantial critical work). Students take part in all four semesters in the Writer’s Life Colloquium (one credit per semester).

“Our students don’t have to choose between intimate workshops and NYC publishing. Our program offers both.” —LUIS JARAMILLO, Director of Creative Writing

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A few facts that set us apart

The new school at A GLANCE

#1 FOR SMALL CLASSES: Among national

• Founded in 1919.

universities, The New School has the highest proportion of classes with fewer than 20 students.

• Located in the heart of NYC in Greenwich Village, with a branch campus in Paris.

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• Houses five schools and colleges.


• O ffers 134 degree and diploma programs

School of Design is ranked among the top art and design schools in the world. 2017, Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings

#1 MOST INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY: We have a higher percentage of international students than any other U.S. university with more than 10,000 students.

and majors and more than 50 minors. • Has more than 10,000 degree-seeking students. • Students come from all 50 states and 116 foreign countries. • T he New School offers a range of graduate programs. See details at

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#1 FOR SUSTAINABLE BUILDING: The American Institute of Architects named the New School University Center one of the greenest buildings in the United States—and it’s the largest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified urban university building.

Membership and Accreditation The New School is a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Graduate Programs The New School offers acclaimed graduate programs at Parsons School of Design; The New School for Social Research; the College of Performing Arts; the School of Media Studies; and the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. It also offers an MFA in Creative Writing and a master’s program in TESOL.

For full information on the university’s accreditation, visit The information published here represents the plans of the university at the time of publication and does not constitute an irrevocable contract between the student and The New School. The university reserves the right to change without notice any matter contained in this publication, including but not limited to tuition, fees, policies, degrees, programs, names of programs, course offerings, academic activities, academic requirements, facilities, faculty, and administrators. Payment of tuition or attendance at any classes shall constitute a student’s acceptance of the administration’s rights as set forth above. The New School is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution. For important information including student rights, campus safety statistics, and tuition and fees, visit Published 2017 by The New School. Produced by Marketing and Communication, The New School. Photo credits: David Barron, James Ewing, Bob Handelman, Martin Seck, Matthew Sussman, Scott Wynn

Creative writing master of fine arts

Creative Writing Program  

The New School was founded in 1919 by a group of intellectual progressives looking to radically change the narratives surrounding higher edu...

Creative Writing Program  

The New School was founded in 1919 by a group of intellectual progressives looking to radically change the narratives surrounding higher edu...