Ranked among the top low-residency MFA creative writing programs in the country, Lesley’s MFA Program in Creative Writing nurtures and challenges your literary promise through rich mentor relationships and interdisciplinary study.
The 2-year MFA Program in Creative Writing offers five concentrations:
Twice a year you’ll attend a nine-day residency,
joining an artistic community in craft seminars, workshops, readings,
receptions, meals, and publishing-related events. During each of the
four semesters between residencies, you’ll work on your creative and
critical writing one-on-one with your faculty mentor. This format allows
for the best of community inspiration and individual attention.
Our graduates have published many books
and individual works in prestigious journals, won major literary prizes
and fellowships, and found teaching positions in numerous schools and
Your faculty mentors are
celebrated writers and passionate teachers. They have won scores of
honors and awards; written hundreds of books, screenplays, and stage
plays; and taught at many of the other top MFA programs around the
country. Learn more about the creative writing faculty.
Lesley's low-residency MFA program is one of the few located at the heart of a major literary city: Cambridge, Massachusetts. Whether you live in the area or travel to our residencies, you become a citizen of this literary Mecca, developing friendships and contacts with local writers and publishing professionals.
Lesley’s Interdisciplinary Studies component nourishes your writing and your aspirations to be a working writer when you graduate. You can choose to design an independent study, gain experience in an internship or as a teaching assistant, take courses in subjects related to your concentration, and experiment in other literary genres. Program Contact: Jana Van Der Veer, Assistant Director for Advising and Student Services (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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