Vermont College of Fine Arts—Writing & Publishing

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MFA Program

Program Established: 
Montpelier, VT
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
10-25 per cohort
Application Deadline: 
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Miciah Bay Gault
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Rita Banerjee (Director), Justin Bigos, Frances Cannon, Ariel Francisco, Ruben Quesada, Bianca Stone
Fiction: Lesley Nneka Arimah, Trinie Dalton, Miciah Bay Gault, Elissa Schappell, James Scott, Erin Stalcup, David Heska Wanbli Weiden
Creative Nonfiction: Rita Banerjee (Director), Trinie Dalton, Jericho Parms, Sean Prentiss, David Shields
Publishing: Ibrahim Ahmad, Tavia Gilbert, Caitlin Leffel, Jeff Kleinman, Kelly McMahon, Rob Spillman, Janaka Stucky
Screenwriting: Tim Kirkman, David Shields
Playwriting: Amahl Khouri

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding, including merit, need-based, and diversity scholarships for all of its incoming graduate students. Diversity Scholarships for Indigenous Writers, International Writers, Writers of Color, LGBTQ+ Writers, New American Writers, and Veterans are available. The Phoenix Books Howard Frank Mosher scholarship provides a $10,000 tuition discount to one Vermont writer per cohort (must be a Vermont resident at the time of application, available only for the incoming year), and the Emerging Writer Scholarship is a full tuition scholarship that goes to one writer in each cohort. Several paid fellowships are available, including positions with Hunger Mountain, social media, the program’s blog, arts administration, community education, and more. See more information on the university’s website.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The MFA in Writing & Publishing at the VCFA is a two-year program in Vermont. It offers a cross-genre focus and professional experience in the publishing industry. Students take courses in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, criticism, and publishing. Our students have ample opportunities to meet with visiting artists, writers, editors, and publishers; lead a community reading series; and act as the editorial board for VCFA’s literary journal, Hunger Mountain.

The program also offers a 15-credit, one-semester Certificate in Publishing designed for writers and professionals who seek experience and insight into the publishing industry. Students learn from and network with editors, agents, freelancers, ghostwriters, publishers, and literary arts organizations, exploring areas like Big-Five publishing, small and independent presses, digital publishing, journals, literary agencies, publishing law, and nonprofit arts organizations. These opportunities prepare students for the wide variety of career options in the publishing world.

The priority deadline is February 1.