Bennington College

MFA Program

Program Established: 
1994
Location: 
Bennington, VT
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
Residency: 
Low
Duration: 
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
20-25 every semester
Application Deadline: 
March 1, 2018
Application Fee: 
$70
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Dawn Dayton
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: April Bernard, Major Jackson, Ed Ochester, Mark Wunderlich
Fiction: David Gates, Amy Hempel, Alice Mattison, Jill McCorkle, Deirdre McNamer, Askold Melnyczuk, Rachel Pastan, Lynne Sharon Schwartz
Nonfiction: Benjamin Anastas, Sven Birkerts, Susan Cheever, Dinah Lenney, 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.