The MFA in Creative Writing Program at Manhattanville College


Manhattanville’s MFA program is among the most flexible creative writing programs in the country. Students in our unique non-tracking curriculum will have the opportunity to work in a single genre, a variety of genres or in cross-genre workshops with gifted teachers and mentors who are also award-winning authors. The Manhattanville MFA Program’s required courses give students a solid understanding of craft:

  • Foundations in Graduate Creative Writing
  • Advanced Seminar in Graduate Creative Writing
  • Writing Workshops
  • Thesis Project

Beyond these required courses, MFA students are encouraged to build an individualized program that best fits their immediate interests and long-term goals through Topics courses and other electives that change each semester. For a sampling of the courses offered in the program, check our current course schedule.

Additionally, Summer Writers’ Weekend and Fall Writers’ Weekend provide students with the opportunity to participative in “writing intensives” with some of the country’s most celebrated literary figures. In past years, visiting professors for Summer Writers’ Week and Fall Writers’ Weekend have included National Book Award-winning YA author Thanhha Lai, fiction phenom Justin Torres, Wole Soyinka Award-winning science fiction writer Nnedi Okorafor, National Book Award fiction finalist Karen Yamashita, and renowned poet Kazim Ali.

Whether you are a recent undergraduate with a passion for the literary arts or a practicing writer seeking a terminal graduate degree in the field, Manhattanville’s MFA program curriculum is flexible enough to meet your needs.