Bennington College

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
Bennington, VT
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
20-25 every semester
Application Deadline: 
September 1, 2020
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Dawn Dayton
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: April Bernard, Jenny Boully, Jennifer Chang, Carmen Giménez Smith, Mark Wunderlich
Fiction: David Gates, Manuel Gonzales, Amy Hempel, Alice Mattison, Jill McCorkle, Deirdre McNamer, Stuart Nadler, Derek Palacio, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Claire Vaye Watkins
Nonfiction: Benjamin Anastas, Douglas Bauer, Susan Cheever, Chelsea Hodson, Dinah Lenney, Gregory Pardlo, Clifford Thompson, Peter Trachtenberg

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding through partial scholarships.

Other Features: 

Students attend two ten-day residencies each year, in January and June, at the Bennington College campus in Bennington, Vermont. The program hosts a nightly reading series and a visiting writers series, as well as lectures, craft sessions, and publishing courses.

The application deadline is September 1 for the January residency and March 1 for the June residency.