Manhattanville College

MFA Program

Program Established: 
2012
Location: 
Purchase, NY
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
Residency: 
Full
Duration: 
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
8–10
Application Deadline: 
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee: 
$40
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Lori Soderlind
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Jennifer Franklin, Mark Nowak, Suzanne Parker
Fiction: Jeff Bens, Jeffrey Rotter
Nonfiction: Lori Soderlind
Dramatic Writing: Sharbari Ahmed

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding. The program offers fully-funded teaching fellowships, partial funding through scholarships, Writing Center fellowships, editorial positions, and other positions within the college. Merit scholarships are available.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program also offers degrees in Graphic Narrative and Television/Screenwriting. Cross-genre theses are accepted.

The Program places an emphasis on social justice, sponsoring events and service opportunities using writing to promote social action. Past years have focused on hunger and food justice as well as writing in the prisons. Faculty Member Mark Nowak is founder of the Worker Writers' School through PEN America.

The program offers on-campus graduate housing, and hosts the annual Summer Writers’ Week and Fall Writers’ Weekend, and the “Meet the Writers” reading series, which features interdisciplinary artists.

The Master's in Writing program was established in 1997; the MFA program was established in 2012.

Graduates: 

James King