George Mason University

MFA Program

Program Established: 
1980
Location: 
Fairfax, VA
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Full
Duration: 
3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
25–30
Application Deadline: 
January 10, 2019
Application Fee: 
$75
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Lisa DesRochers-Short
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Jennifer Atkinson, Sally Keith, Eric Pankey, Peter Streckfus, Susan Tichy
Fiction: Courtney Brkic, Stephen Goodwin, Tania James, Helon Habila Ngalabak, Susan Richards Shreve
Nonfiction: Timothy Denevi, Kyoko Mori

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding. The program fully funds 70 percent of its students with teaching assistantships that feature two pedagogical courses plus experience in composition, literature and creative writing instruction. The program also offers positions similar to teaching assistantships with partner organizations. Most positions offer stipends, full tuition waiver, and paid student health insurance.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 

Phoebe; So to Speak, Stillhouse Press

Stillhouse is a student-run small press that allows students to gain experience throughout the realm of book publishing, from manuscript selection to production to marketing. Phoebe and So to Speak are student-edited journals that allow students to experiment with new forms of publishing while developing their aesthetic awareness and developing an editor's eye.

Other Features: 

This program hosts an annual book festival, Fall for the Book, and a weeklong series of literary events each spring, New Leaves. Students also have the opportunity to teach at local schools through a writers-in-the-schools (WITS) program.

The program is developing a new project in daily web posting that will be combined with Stillhouse Press, Phoebe, and So to Speak to form a major center in contemporary writing and literature.

The program also houses the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center, named after the late writer Alan Cheuse, a longtime faculty member. The center sends MFA students abroad to research and study, and also brings international writers to the campus to study and collaborate with students.