Western Connecticut State University

MFA Program

Program Established: 
Danbury, CT
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
10-15 per year
Application Deadline: 
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Anthony D’Aries
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Joe Ahearn, Brian Clements, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Kateri Kosek
Fiction: Sandra Rodriguez Barron, Jane Cleland, Oscar De Los Santos, Gwen Jones, Sarah Darer Littman, John Roche, Don Snyder
Nonfiction: Anthony D’Aries, Leah Carroll, Josh Pahigian, Daniel Asa Rose, Onnesha Roychoudhuri

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers graduate assistantships and scholarships, as well as Graduate Teaching Assistantships.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

Students choose one creative genre and one practical field, such as public relations and marketing, literary journalism, grant writing, or technical writing. Creative genres include playwriting, screenwriting, and writing for children young adults, in addition to poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Students attend two weeklong residencies each year, in January and August, at the Western Connecticut State University campus in Danbury, Connecticut. An optional residency is offered in Dublin, with students taking workshops in Oscar Wilde’s historic home and attending the Bram Stoker Festival.

The funding application deadline is March 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester.


Jane Cleland, Nick Mamatas, E. K. Mortenson, John Roche, Lisa Siedlarz, Brian Thiem, Beth Turley