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, Sari Botton, Adam Braver, Melanie Brooks, Jennifer DeLeon, Áine Greaney, Shahnaz Habib, Ann Hood, Allan Hunter, Susan Ito, Karol Jackowski, Yi Shun Lai, Julia Lythcott-Haims, Anna Mantzaris, Dinty W. Moore, 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.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
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.

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