City College of New York

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
New York, NY
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Translation
2-3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
February 15, 2024
Application Fee: 
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Contact Name: 
Michelle Valladares, Director of the MFA in Creative Writing
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Cynthia Cruz, David Groff, Nathalie Handel, Nicole Sealey, Michelle Valladares
Fiction: Salar Abdoh, Lyn Di Iorio, Keith Gandal, Andrew Martin, Mark Mirsky, Emily Raboteau, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, Nelly Rosario, Dalia Sofer, Shay Youngblood
Nonfiction: Mikhal Dekel; David Groff; Yahdon Israel; Emily Raboteau; Irvin Weathersby, Jr.
Translation: David Unger
YA Fiction: Mayra Cuevas, Pam Laskin
Screenwriting / Drama: Robert Barron, Marc Palmieri

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Second-year students may apply to the Teaching Composition Program to teach undergraduates as an adjunct instructor. The English Department offers fellowships and prizes at the annual English Awards Ceremony held in the spring.

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Other Features: 

The program also offers a track in drama, and coursework in translation, screenwriting, and YA fiction.

This program features a professional series with publishers, editors, and agents. The program hosts the Spotlight on Writers Series;  a monthly student-organized reading series; and the Langston Hughes Festival, in collaboration with the college’s Black Studies Program. The program also offers a weekend Nature and Writing Residency at Harriman State Park, sponsored by the Appalachian Mountain Club and the CCNY Outdoor Club. There is also an opportunity to contribute to the Archives as Muse: A Harlem Storytelling Project sponsored by the LUCE Foundation.

The application deadline is February 15 for fall semester start.