Application DeadlineThe preferential deadline with rolling admissions thereafter for application is January 15. Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a case-by-case basis; for inquiries, please contact Graduate Studies.
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.
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 the MFA Writing Program is January 15; applications are accepted on a rolling basis thereafter. Learn more about how to apply»
The 11th Annual Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival was a huge success! Learn more about this student-run event—the largest free poetry festival in New York State.
Natalie Korth, a Non-Fiction MFA student, shares her thoughts on Sarah Lawrence College's graduate Writing program. Watch on YouTube»
Recent student, faculty, and alumni achievements
See what's going on with our students, faculty, and alumni/ae!
Faculty member Dan Zevin has received an award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists for his humor pieces in the New York Times. According to the NSNC: "Best of show was the work of Dan Zevin, who captures his readers’ attention spans through his engaging and entertaining writing style. His columns are a fun read and laugh-eliciting."
Recent graduate Ryan Strong (MFA '14) has published a short piece of fiction called "How to Survive Public School" in Catch and Release (the blog of Columbia University's literary journal). Ryan says he was inspired to write this story in the Sarah Lawrence College library.
Gentlemen Bootleggers:The True Story of Templeton Rye, Prohibition, and a Small Town in Cahoots by MFA alum Bryce Bauer ('11) was recently published by Chicago Review Press. This true story is described as "A fascinating, well-researched glimpse into a much-storied period in U.S. history" by Library Review.
MFA alum Kamilah Aisha Moon ('06) continues to receive accolades for her book of poetry entitled She Has a Name (Four Way Books), including having a poem winning a Pushcart Prize and being named a finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award and the Audre Lorde Award from the Publishing Triangle.
The latest novel by MFA alum Kaui Hart Hemmings '02 (author of The Descendants) was recently reviewed in The New York Times. The Possibilities (Simon & Schuster) is described as "surprisingly entertaining and intermittently moving novel."
Writing Events and Residencies
Selected Spring 2014 events:
Reading with MFA alums (April 16)
Craft Talk with Garth Risk Hallberg (April 23)
Craft Talk with David Hollander (April 29)
Craft Talk with Marie Howe (May 7)
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