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.
2015 National Book Awards
Ross Gay MFA '98, has been longlisted for the National Book Award in Poetry for his collection Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (University of Pittsburgh Press).
Application Deadline: December 15
The preferential deadline for MFA Writing applications (fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry) 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.
Recent student, faculty, and alumni achievements
See what's going on with our students, faculty, and alumni!
Current MFA student Tory Provazza won third place in Story|Houston's Short Fiction and Non-Fiction Contest. Her story, “Confirmation,” will be featured in their upcoming online issue and published in their first chapbook.
Mary La Chapelle (Sarah Lawrence writing faculty) has been awarded Salamander Magazine's 2015 prize for her story "Floating Garden."
A story by Julia Strayer (MFA '14) is included in The Best Small Fictions, edited by Robert Olen Butler.
Mary Morris (Sarah Lawrence writing faculty) has recently published the novel The Jazz Palace (Nan Talese Books).
"To Write," an essay by Karissa Chen (MFA '12), appears in The James Franco Review.
Alex Dimitrov’s (MFA ‘09) poem “Cocaine,” was published in The Adroit Journal.
Current MFA student Erica Cardwell was awarded the 2015 Lambda Literary Foundation Fellowship. Erica was selected to attend the Emerging Writers Retreat at USC.
Jennifer Steil’s (MFA ‘96) recently published novel, The Ambassador’s Wife, is being adapted into a television series.
Shasta Grant (MFA ‘05) won the 2015 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest. Grant’s story "Most Likely To," will appear in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue.
Carol Zoref (Sarah Lawrence writing faculty) won the 2015 Associated Writing Programs Novel Award for her novel, Barren Island.
Brigitte Quinn (MFA ‘11) has published the novel Anchored (Curtis Brown).
Melissa Crowe (MFA ‘99) was named co-editor of the Beloit Poetry Journal.
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 (Sarah Lawrence 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.
Upcoming Writing Events and Residencies
- 9/16/15 - Brian Morton Talk: Notes from a Writing Life
- 9/22/15 - David Ryan: Suspense, Surprise, Reception, and Emotion
- 9/23/15 - Writing About Race: A Craft Talk by David Mura
- 9/30/15 - John and Penny Barr Poetry Reading Series featuring Joshua Mehigan
- 10/6/15 - Colin Winnette Talk: Baggage: Historical Influence and Methodology
- 10/7/15-10/8/15 -Eula Biss Residency
- 10/10/15 - Writing Open House
- 10/14/15 - Lynn Emanuel and Julia Pierpont Reading
- 10/21/15 - Jeffrey McDaniel Craft Talk
- 10/28/15 - James Hoch: Trophic Cascade, The Frozen Sea and Arifice [Being Half Itself]
- 11/3/15 - Dan Zevin: Find The Funny: Connecting With Your Comic Voice
- 11/11/15 - Suzanne Hoover: Inside-Out: Narrating a Character's Inner Experience
- 11/12/15 - Tina Chang: Beyond the Flaming Door: Life After the Creative Writing MFA
- 12/2/15 - Sophie McManus: The Longest Shortest Apprenticeship: On Writing Your First Book and Life After the MFA
- 12/8/15 - Matthea Harvey: The Me in Mermaid
- 12/9/15 - Durga Chew-Bose Talk: Her Unofficial Observations
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