Hone your craft and develop your narrative.
Lesley University's celebrated low-residency MFA program nurtures and challenges your creative potential. Attend nine-day residencies in the literary mecca of Cambridge. Pursue interdisciplinary study as a spur for fresh ideas. Cultivate mentor relationships with prize-winning writers. Graduate with the work and connections to publish books and essays, win literary prizes and fellowships, and find teaching positions or work related to your writing.
Through our nonfiction genre, gain a foundational approach to craft in genres such as memoir, personal essay, literary journalism, food and travel writing, and research-based narratives.
Receive professional guidance through our exclusive partnership with Aevitas Creative Management. Submit a sample of your thesis for an immediate read and publishing advice from the acclaimed literary agency.
Exclusive partnerships create opportunities for you to put your essays in front of prominent publishers and agencies. You’ll meet literary figures who, as masters of their craft, will give you the tough love you need to achieve your aspirations. Benefitting from our small-group learning, you’ll form bonds with fellow writers from diverse backgrounds, and join in craft seminars, workshops, readings, and publishing events.