Fairfield University

MFA Program

MFA Program Established: 
2008
Location: 
Fairfield, CT
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Low
Duration: 
2 Years
Program Size: 
66
Application Deadline: 
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee: 
$60
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Sonya Huber
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Carol Ann Davis, William B. Patrick, Baron Wormser
Fiction: Rachel Basch, Alan Davis, Shelley Evans, Eugenia Kim, Karen Osborn, Hollis Seamon, Michael C. White
Nonfiction: Da Chen, Sonya Huber, Adriana Páramo

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers graduate assistantships, grants, scholarships, work-study opportunities, and internships.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program also offers degrees in playwriting and screenwriting, as well as a cross-genre class in story mapping. Concentrations are offered in publishing and editing, spiritual writing, and literary health and healing.

Students attend two nine-day residencies each year, in July and December, on Enders Island, off the coast of Mystic, Connecticut. Residencies are occasionally available abroad in Florence, Italy, and Galway, Ireland.

Prior Learning Credit toward the degree is offered for applicants with significant publications.

The program offers pedagogy development and a limited post-graduate training in teaching at the college level, internships at the literary magazine The Causeway and Dogwood, and internships with faculty members who run small presses.

The program awards the biennial Alumni Book Prize, open only to current students and alumni; the winner receives $1,000 and a publishing contract with New Rivers Press.

Graduates: 

Chris Belden, Elizabeth Hilts, David Fitzpatrick, Deb Henry, Colin Halloran, Annabelle Moseley, A. J. O'Connell, Sally Nacker