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Creative Writing MFA

The New School
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
New York City

Program description

Creative Writing

Creative Writing MFA - The New School in NYC

The New School creative writing master degree program is based on the principle that writing is a skill that can be learned through practice and emphasizes literature as a vital artistic discipline, a creative activity. The creative writing course offers four areas of concentrations from which all students must declare one area of concentration. These are listed below.

The creative writing course comprises of writing workshops in your chosen area of specialisation and are balanced with literature seminars for the first three semesters. In the final term, students work closely with an adviser in independent study leading to the completion of both a writing thesis and a literature project within the chosen concentration.

The program provides students with a framework and sustained blocks of time to focus extensively on their own writing. Graduate writing workshops meet once a week in a two-hour session. Workshops are all conveniently scheduled in the early evenings, Monday through Thursday.

The four areas of concentration within this creative writing degree are as follows:


Class sessions are principally devoted to reading and discussing students' fiction, usually short stories or excerpts from novels-in-progress. Students learn how to balance inspiration with revision; explore methods for strengthening characterization, storytelling, and style while developing their voices to the utmost; and explore those narrative forms and techniques best suited to their individual styles.


Class sessions are principally devoted to reading and discussing students' poems. There is constant attention to the craft of poetry, the skills and strategies involved in making the modern poem, aspects of prosody and new directions in writing, and, particularly, the discovery (and invention) of techniques most appropriate for the poet's subjects, issues, and materials. There is special emphasis on possibilities for revision.


Class sessions are principally devoted to reading and discussing students' nonfiction, usually in the form of personal reminiscence, reflective essay, reportage, and biography. Students learn how to choose a subject; develop a sense of structure, tone, style, and personal voice; and attend to such techniques as characterization, dialogue, imagery, metaphor, and dramatic development, as well as to the skills of interviewing and documentary research.

Writing for Children

Class sessions are principally devoted to reading and discussing students' writings for children in the form of stories, picture book texts, 8-12 fiction or nonfiction, and teenage fiction or nonfiction. Students explore the techniques and strategies of writing and producing books for children and learn to find voices and forms for their writing and to express their ideas in styles appropriate for children's interests at different ages. Students initiate and develop projects of their own choosing.

Admission requirements

The creative writing masters degree is open to any students, whatever your level of experience, whether or not you are already published. Your application is welcome if you have an interest in developing your life as a writer.

Tuition fees

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Upon completion of this program, students will be awarded a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from The New School.


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The New School

Study in one of the greatest cities in the world, NYC

Founded in 1919 and located in Greenwich Village, The New School is a comprehensive university in New York City. The university is a place for creative scholars, artists, and designers to interact with a massively diverse community, discuss ideas, and...

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66 West 12th Street
NY 10011 New York
United States of America

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