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 each term
Application Deadline: 
September 1, 2022
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Cathy Gee Graney
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: April Bernard, Jennifer Chang, Carmen Giménez Smith, Craig Morgan Teicher, Mark Wunderlich
Fiction: Ramona Ausubel, Douglas Bauer, Monica Ferrell, David Gates, Manuel Gonzales, Amy Hempel, Alice Mattison, Jill McCorkle, Deirdre McNamer, Elizabeth McCracken, Stuart Nadler, Derek Palacio, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Katy Simpson Smith
Nonfiction: Benjamin Anastas, Eula Biss, Jenny Boully, Susan Cheever, Hugh Ryan, Dinah Lenney, Marie Mutsuki Mockett, Clifford Thompson, Peter Trachtenberg

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding through partial scholarships. Students may also apply for Federal Student Aid.

The program also offers a full-immersion teaching fellowship to MFA students.

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 program also offers a dual-genre track; application fee is $100.

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