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.
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 MFA Writing applications 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!
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!
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
Upcoming Craft Talks:
Selected recent events:
- Craft Talk with Marie Howe (September 17)
- Craft Talk with Michele Tolea Myers (September 30)
- Craft Talk with Dennise Nurkse (October 7)
- Prospective Writing Students Day (October 11): Register now!
- Nonfiction Residency with Will Hermes (October 14-15)
- Craft Talk with Stephen O'Connor (October 27)
- Craft Talk with Timothy Kreider (October 30)
- Poetry Residency with Mary Ruefle (November 4-5)
- Literary Magazines and Small Presses Panel (November 6)
- Reading and Craft Talk with Bonnie Friedman (November 11)
- Craft Talk with Alan Michael Parker (November 12)
- Craft Talk with Joan Silber (November 18)
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