The MFA Years, a blog that follows the experiences of first year and second year MFA candidates in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction, has compiled and continually updates a list of Fully Funded MFA programs in the US.
If you’ve weighed the costs and benefits, considered the pros and cons, and finally arrived at the conclusion that, yes, you want to pursue an MFA degree, your homework has only just begun. Now that you know you want to attend an MFA program, you are faced with another set of decisions: To which programs (among the more than 200 that are currently offered by colleges and universities around the world) do you want to apply?
The MFA Index is intended as a place to start, a reference to help you begin narrowing down your choices. The programs listed in the following pages are pulled from the free MFA Programs database at pw.org, which includes the information presented in the as well as important details such as core faculty and specific funding opportunities. There are, of course, certain elements of any given program that might make it the perfect (or, conversely, a less-than-ideal) place for you as a person and as a writer. The MFA Index offers enough information about the genre tracks, location, size, amount of available funding, cost of living, and residency requirements for you to determine whether you want to do additional research on a program, gathering the details that matter the most to you.
Gotham Writers Workshop is a creative home in New York City and Online where writers develop their craft and come together in the spirit of discovery and fellowship. We’ve been teaching creative writing and business writing since 1993.
We teach the craft of writing in a way that is clear, practical, and inspiring. Explore our wide variety of courses for adults and teens, as well as our One-on-One options.
Gotham believes that ‘Writing Can Be Taught’:
Some people wonder if writing can be taught. Yes, of course, it can. We see this happening every day in our classes.
Writing is a craft, with time-tested principles such as how to show rather than tell or how to structure a story. When you learn to utilize these craft elements, your writing improves. And you should understand the basic principles of craft, even if you intend to do something unique or revolutionary, just as Picasso learned realism before he discovered a new way of painting.
People don’t normally question if carpentry or playing the piano can be taught. Writing is no different. Yes, there are intangibles involved—such as talent, inspiration, and determination—but these things can also be nurtured in the right environment.
Depending on the literary form, there are introductory courses like Creative Writing 101, Creative Nonfiction Writing 101 which give you a buffet like survey of fiction and nonfiction writing for the beginner. Then the individual courses like Fiction, Article Writing, Memoir Writing, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing, Mystery Writing, etc. have Level 1, Level 2 and some have Level 3 courses.
New York City, New York
The Writers Studio, founded in 1987 by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Philip Schultz, offers ongoing writing workshops — both on site and online — designed to help students discover and nurture their own voices. We welcome students at all stages, from those who have only dreamed of writing fiction or poetry to those with MFAs hungry for additional serious, ongoing instruction. Students provide the desire to write and the willingness to learn, and we provide the structure, the technical know-how, the professional feedback and the friendly community to enable them to reach their full potential.
At The Writers Studio we ask our students to try a wide array of narrative voices and styles. Paradoxically, it is through this immersion in the craft of published works of fiction and poetry that students develop their own unique voice and style. This is a method already very familiar to students of music and the visual arts, who have always learned by studying the work of masters. For writing students, this approach is usually a revelation. As students practice using a mix of approaches drawn from the work of accomplished authors, many exciting things happen. Their understanding of narration deepens. Their imagination opens wider. Their sense of what’s possible in their own work expands. Before long, they find that their writing is more emotionally rich and their available material far more extensive than they ever imagined. This working method continues to be invaluable even in the Master Class (Level V), where students are working on novels and poetry and short-story collections.
All students new to The Writers Studio in New York City and Online start at Level I. In the Hudson Valley, Tucson, and San Francisco, they start with the Workshop level. They can also start with a tutorial. We approach teaching with our own method and vocabulary, so even experienced writers with publications and/or MFAs will find plenty that is new and challenging in Level I.
In the on-site workshops, those who want to continue take a second 8-week term of Level I, at which point they are eligible to move on to Level II. They will be exposed to new exercises each term. After a second term of Level II, students can move on to Level III, which is designed as a three-term sequence. We ask everyone to begin taking our companion Craft Class in the third term of Level III.
(Manhattan) New York City, New York
San Francisco, California
Hudson Valley, New York