Master of Fine Arts in Writing
Put Writing at the Center of Your Life
The Master of Fine Arts Program in Writing at Sarah Lawrence confers degrees in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Study at Sarah Lawrence includes weekly workshops and craft classes; a yearlong colloquium in which writers and publishing professionals talk with students about every aspect of the writing life; and biweekly, one-on-one meetings between student and workshop instructor.
In these biweekly conferences, our faculty of distinguished writers engages with your work in depth and in detail, accompanying you every step of the way as you investigate the possibilities of your art. We know of no other writing program that offers this degree of mentorship.
The opportunity to share your work with our faculty every two weeks makes our program especially well-suited to students who wish to devote themselves steadily and seriously to their writing. Sarah Lawrence, we believe, is an ideal place for you if you're ready to put writing at the center of your life.
An Interview with Vijay Seshadri
Writing faculty member Vijay Seshadri, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, sat down with Daniel Ross '13 for a conversation about writing, teaching, and the Sarah Lawrence experience. Read the interview»
Now Accepting Applications
The preferential deadline for MFA Writing applications is December 15. Admission is rolling thereafter. Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about how to apply»
Stressed about the application process? Take a deep breath, and hear the advice of two Writing Program alums!
LUMINA, is the annual print publication of the graduate writing program. This literary magazine is run entirely by graduate student volunteers who are committed to creating a journal where emerging writers, established writers, and visual artists come together in exploration of the new and appreciation of the traditional. Learn more at luminajournal.com.
Summer Seminar for Writers
Sunday - Friday
June 21-26, 2015
Founded in 1993 by Thomas Lux and Jane Cooper, the Summer Seminar is a chance for writers to experience the Sarah Lawrence pedagogy, to work with a faculty of acclaimed writers and passionate teachers, and to spend a week in a stimulating atmosphere, where writing—and thinking about writing—is at the core. Learn more about this year's seminar»
Recent student, faculty, and alumni achievements
See what's going on with our students, faculty, and alumni!
Writing student Kristina Bicher was recently nominated for the Pushcart Prize by Crab Creek Review for her poem "Once a Girl,” which she wrote in Jeffrey McDaniel’s class last spring.
Pat Dunn (SLC alum and Assistant Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies) has a new book out-- Rebels By Accident, a powerful coming-of-age story set on the brink of Egypt's January 25 Revolution in 2011.
Writing alum Richard Fifield's The Flood Girls is due out in Spring 2016 from Simon & Schuster. The novel is about a woman who returns to her tiny home town in Montana seeking redemption, and the friendship she finds with a 12-year-old boy who teaches her about self-acceptance and love.
Rachel Eliza Griffiths (SLC alum and Writing faculty) has a new poetry collection, Lighting the Shadow, due out in April of 2015. The poetry collection is about a woman's journey through desire, grief, trauma, and the peculiar historical American psyche of desire and violence.
Writing Events and Residencies
Selected Craft Talks
- How Much of this is Real? - Craft Talk with Emily Gould (February 25)
- Fiction Residency with Dan Chaon (March 3-4)
- The Joy of Voice - Craft Talk with Elisa Albert (April 1)
- Unbelievable - The Importance of Plausibility in Your Fiction - Craft Talk with Martha Southgate (April 2)
- Why We Write - Craft Talk with Kristopher Jansma (April 15)
- Appropriation as a Technique in Literature, Visual Art, and Music - Workshop series with John O'Connor and Rick Moody (April 16 and April 23)
- What Took You So Long? - Craft Talk with Mary Morris (April 21)
- Craft Talk with James Hannaham (April 30)
- Craft Talk with Porochista Khakpour (May 4)
- The Fold in Time - Craft Talk with Leigh Newman (May 5)
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