Gain a strong working knowledge of craft that creates the flexibility and confidence to work in all forms of nonfiction writing.
Students in the nonfiction concentration of the MFA in Creative Writing Program work in a wide range of genres: memoir, personal essay, literary journalism, food and travel writing, as well as research-based narratives. Faculty provide students with a foundational approach to craft, and practical tools that are informed by an understanding of the contemporary literary environment. By honing and deepening their material students are able to invest their subjects and stories with the power and passion to reach the widest possible audience.
Past visiting nonfiction writers include Steve Almond, Jonathan Cott, Gail Caldwell, Vivian Gornick, and Sue Millar, among others.
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Lesley welcomes author and creative writing professor Roland Merullo as a faculty member in the MFA in Creative Writing program. Merullo is the author of three novels and a memoir, Revere Beach Elegy. Learn more about Roland here.
Nonfiction alumna Amy Yelin (’05) was awarded the first Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship for parent writers, which includes a two-week residency at the Vermont Studio Center in 2014.
Scoot Weems' ('10) debut book, HA! The Science of When We Laugh and Why, has been published by Basic Books and reviewed in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews.
See what our outstanding MFA Students in Creative Writing students and alumni have done recently, from publications to awards.