Bay Path University

MFA Program

Program Established: 
2013
Location: 
Longmeadow, MA
Genre: 
Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Online
Other
Duration: 
2-3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
20
Application Deadline: 
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee: 
$0
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Leanna James Blackwell
Core Faculty Includes: 

Mel Allen, Leanna James Blackwell, Jennifer Baker, Sari Botton, Melanie Brooks, Allison Coffelt, Jennifer DeLeon, Áine Greaney, Shahnaz Habib, Jessica Handler, Ann Hood, Susan Ito, Karol Jackowski, Yi Shun Lai, Anna Mantzaris, Meredith O’Brien, Lisa Romeo, Tom Shea, Suzanne Strempek Shea, Kate Whouley

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Full financial aid is available for students taking six or more credits.

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Other Features: 

The program, with a home base on the campus of the historically women’s college Bay Path, features small class sizes, a supportive community, close faculty mentoring, internship opportunities, and a summer creative writing field seminar in Ireland.

It offers core courses in memoir, narrative journalism, and the personal essay, and includes electives in food and travel writing; writing about culture, race, and identity; health, narrative medicine, and social justice writing; family histories; nature and environmental writing; personal profile writing; and contemporary women’s stories. Professional tracks in publishing, teaching creative writing, and narrative medicine are also available, as well as a year-long thesis course. Students in the narrative medicine track earn a Certificate in Narrative Medicine along with the MFA in Creative Nonfiction for the same number of credits.

The MFA runs an online literary journal, Multiplicity Magazine, which launched in the spring of 2020. Part-time options available.