Application DeadlineThe deadline for applications to the MFA in Writing program is January 15.
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 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.
Meet the Director
Brian Morton '78, director of the graduate Writing program, recently sat down for a Q&A with The Journal News. Learn more about Brian as he shares his thoughts on writing, reading, and what it's like teaching at his alma mater. Read the Q&A»
Jonathan Callahan MFA '08's stories from The Consummation of Dirk (winner of the 8th Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction) have appeared or are forthcoming in The Collagist, Kill Author, The Lifted Brow, Pank, Underwater New York, Unsaid, and Washington Square Review. The title piece in the book, a mini-novella featuring Dallas Maverick Dirk Nowitzki that first appeared in The Collagist, achieved brief blogosphere notoriety last autumn, written up at both Deadspin and ESPN.com. Learn more about Jonathan and some of our other alums.
Writing Events and Residencies
2014 Writing Residency:
Fiction Residency with Charles Baxter (March 4-5)
Fall 2013 events:
Thursday, November 14: Building Shadow Buildings: On Making Meaning -- A Craft Talk with Jocelyn Lieu (faculty member)
Wednesday, November 20: Leopards in the Temple: how a parable's carnal and spiritual senses reflect the potential of all narrative to resonate beyond itself. Using nudity and free jello shots -- A Craft Talk with David Ryan (faculty member)
Wednesday, November 20: A Craft Talk with Alexander Chee (faculty member)
Wednesday, December 4: Incinerator 1 and incinerator 2: Writing Through and Against Silence and Failure - a Craft Talk with Kate Zambreno (faculty member)
Monday, December 9: The Point of View Experiment - A Craft Talk with Nelly Reifler (faculty member)
Recent student, faculty, and alumni achievements
City on Fire, the debut novel by faculty member Garth Risk Hallberg, has been acquired by Knopf for nearly $2 million. Producer Scott Rudin has purchased the film rights to the book. The novel, which The New York Times says "took the publishing industry by storm," is set in New York City in the 1970s.
Faculty member Joan Silber's book Fools (W. W. Norton & Company, 2013) was longlisted for the National Book Award.
Faculty member Vijay Seshadri has published a new collection of poems entitled 3 Sections (Graywolf, 2013). A review in Publisher’s Weekly describes Seshadri’s collection as “[d]eft yet direct, often funny and yet alert to existential quandaries.”
Faculty member Rachel Cohen’s new book, Bernard Berenson: A Life in the Picture Trade (Yale University Press, part of the Jewish Lives series) came out on Oct 22nd. Part of it ran in the New Yorker last fall. Rachel Cohen also has a new website that she describes as “a notebook of visual experiences”: http://rachelecohen.com/
MFA alum and faculty member Melissa Febos ('08) was named the winner of Prairie Schooner's second annual Creative Nonfiction Contest for her essay entitled, “Call My Name."
MFA alum Denise Duhamel ('87), a professor in Florida International University's Creative Writing Program, has guest edited The Best American Poetry 2013. FIU News features a profile on Duhamel.
Current MFA student Jane Lancelotti has published a piece called “Master Class” that is an interview with Clyde Phillips, the showrunner of the Showtime Drama Nurse Jackie, and Dexter in Narrative Magazine.
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