Catalogue 2016 - 2017

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Western New England University’s low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing offers in-depth study of how fiction is made without the time commitment of a traditional, full-time graduate program. A heightened concentration on craft provides students with exposure to every aspect of writing, including sentence craft, voice development, honing dialogue, shaping beginnings, middles and endings, and makes this program unique. This two-year program is broken down into four components, each comprised of an intense 7-day residency, followed by individualized, mentored study designed to deepen students’ understanding of craft through canonic literature read from a creator’s perspective.  

Admission

Candidates seeking admission to the MFA in Creative Writing should possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education. The review process will focus largely on the candidate’s writing sample submitted with the application for admission.

There is no application deadline. Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Once an application is complete, an admission decision will be released in 3-4 weeks. All new MFA candidates admitted to the program will be required to begin with a residency. Two will be offered annually - Summer (July) and Winter (January).

Program Structure

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a two-year program that consists of four residencies and an individualized curriculum totaling 48 credits. Each year of the program is split into two parts, each consisting of two sequenced graduate terms beginning with a 7-day residency. Residencies take place in the summer and winter. Summer residences are held on the Western New England campus. Winter residencies alternate between the Berkshires and Dublin, Ireland.

Degree Requirements

Academic Year One Part One - Requirements List

Summer Residency                                                                
Summer and Fall Terms (Tutorial Period)                             
Individualized Curriculum     

Total Credit Hours:12

Academic Year One Part Two - Requirements List

Winter Residency                                                                
Winter and Spring Terms (Tutorial Period)                             
Individualized Curriculum     

Total Credit Hours:12

Academic Year Two Part One - Requirements List

Summer Residency                                                                
Summer and Fall Terms (Tutorial Period)                             
Individualized Curriculum     

Total Credit Hours:12

Academic Year Two Part Two - Requirements List

Winter Residency                                                                
Winter and SpringTerms (Tutorial Period)                             
Individualized Curriculum     

Total Credit Hours:12

Total Credit Hours: 48