Lesley University

MFA Program

MFA Program Established: 
Cambridge, MA
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
Program Size: 
Application Deadline: 
March 1, 2017
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Erin Belieu, Sharon Bryan, Teresa Cader, Rafael Campo, Steven Cramer, Stephen Haven, Adrian Matejka, Joan Houlihan, Cate Marvin, Kevin Prufer
Fiction: Tony Eprile, Laurie Foos, Rachel Kadish, Hester Kaplan, Michael Lowenthal, William Lychack, Kyoko Mori, Christine Shea, A. J. Verdelle
Nonfiction: Jane Brox, Rachel Manley, Roland Merullo, Kyoko Mori, Pamela Petro, Janet Pocorobba
Stage and Screen: Jami Brandli, Barry Brodsky, Ronan Noone, Kate Snodgrass, Sinan Unel
Young People Writing: Tracey Baptiste, David Elliott, Susan Goodman, Michelle Knudsen, Chris Lynch, Jason Reynolds, Sara Zarr

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

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

Other Features: 

Students attend two nine-day residencies each year, in January and June, at the Lesley University campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Through the program’s unique interdisciplinary component, students can gain professional experience in one of four tracks: pedagogy, publishing, social justice, and cross-genre writing. Alternatively, students can individualize their interdisciplinary work by creating specialized studies of their own, such as enrolling in travel study courses, including Lesley’s Wales Study Abroad Program at the Dylan Thomas Summer School.

To be eligible for funding, submit application materials by September 1 for the January residency or by March 1 for the June residency.

The program also offers degrees in writing for stage and screen and writing for young people. The faculty for writing for stage and screen includes Jami Brandli, Barry Brodsky, Ronan Noone, Kate Snodgrass, and Sinan Unel; the faculty for writing for young people includes Tracey Baptiste, David Elliott, Susan E. Goodman, Michelle Knudsen, Chris Lynch, and Jason Reynolds.


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