George Mason University

MFA Program

Program Established: 
1980
Location: 
Fairfax, VA
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Full
Duration: 
3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
30–38
Application Deadline: 
January 10, 2018
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 offers teaching assistantships, fellowships, and teaching positions with partner organizations. The program fully funds 60 percent of students.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 

Phoebe; So to Speak, Stillhouse Press

Stillhouse Press is student-run. Students have the opportunity to learn about publishing as well as experiment with new methods of publishing.

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 the Writers in the Schools program.

The program also houses the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center, named after the late writer Alan Cheuse, a longtime faculty member at the program. The center plans to send students abroad to research and study, and to bring international writers to the program to study and collaborate with students.