Sarah Lawrence College

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
Bronxville, NY
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
January 10, 2023
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Paige Ackerson-Kiely
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Jay Deshpande, Alex Dmitrov, Anaïs Duplan, Suzanne Gardinier, Matthea Harvey, Marie Howe, Jeffrey McDaniel, Dennis Nurkse, R. A. Villanueva, Afaa Michael Weaver.

Fiction and Speculative Fiction: Carolyn Ferrell, Myla Goldberg, Garth Risk Hallberg, David Hollander, Violet Kupersmith, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, K. Lorrel Manning, Lincoln Michel, Julia Phillips, Victoria Redel, Nelly Reifler, David Ryan

Nonfiction: Jo Ann Beard, Tim Kreider, Heather Harpham, Domenica Ruta, Vijay Seshadri, Jacob Slichter, Meredith Talusan, Cliff Thompson, Kate Zambreno.

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding. The program offers scholarships, grants, internships, and Sarah Lawrence gift aid.

Other Features: 

The program also offers a track in speculative fiction.

The program features a literary colloquium series; mixed genre craft classes; biweekly one-on-one conferences with instructors; guest writer residencies; and regular student-faculty readings. Other features include the student-run Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival, and opportunities to teach in local schools, community organizations, colleges, and correctional facilities through the Community Teaching Program.

A part-time degree is available and takes four years to complete.

Students are welcome to take classes outside of their genre. Undergraduate course auditing is also available as space allows.

The priority application deadline is January 10. The program offers rolling admissions, as space permits, thereafter.