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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»
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
Current MFA student Jackie Mercurio has been named the winner of the 2014 Good Housekeeping memoir contest; her story will be featured in the May issue of Good Housekeeping. The winning story will be included in an anthology published by SheBooks. Additionally, Jackie has a story published in Literary Mama.
Current MFA student Rachel McCain was recently published on Ploughshares literary blog as part of the “Writing Series” feature.
Faculty member and Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang was recently listed as one of the 100 most influential people in Brooklyn culture by Brooklyn magazine.
Faculty member Rachel Cohen has been named a 2014 Guggenheim fellow in nonfiction.
Faculty member Matthea Harvey has a series of poems, Telettrofono, featured prominently in the current issue of Poetry magazine.
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.
A piece written by faculty member Kathleen Hill, "Portrait," recently appeared in the Ploughshares Solo Series as a Kindle Single.
A short story by faculty member Stephen O'Connor has been selected by Jennifer Egan for inclusion in this year's Best American Short Stories anthology.
Faculty member Victoria Redel has been named a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow in fiction (MAKE ME DO THINGS, Four Way Books, 2013).
Faculty member Lucy Rosenthal’s newest novel, The World of Rae English has been published by Black Lawrence Press (whose executive editor is an SLC alum ’04, Diane Goettel).
Faculty member Joan Silber's book Fools (W. W. Norton & Company, 2013) was longlisted for the National Book Award. Her book is also nominated for a PEN/Faulkner award.
MFA alum’98, Director of Graduate Support Services and Writing Institute instructor Pat Dunn’s YA novel Rebels by Accident (first published by Alikai press in 2012) will be relaunched by Sourcebooks in October this year.
Eugenie Theall ’07 MFA has a poem published in Forge Journal.
Lauren Wallach ’12 MFA has a story entitled “With a Kiss” in the most recent issue of Requited.
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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