The MFA Program in Creative Writing consists of a vibrant community of writers working together in a setting that is both challenging and supportive. This stimulating environment fosters the development of talented writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The program is not defined by courses alone, but by a life built around writing.
Our renowned faculty are Catherine Barnett, Anne Carson, Jeffrey Eugenides, Nathan Englander, Jonathan Safran Foer, Terrance Hayes, Edward Hirsch, Katie Kitamura, Hari Kunzru, Yusef Komunyakaa, Nick Laird, Deborah Landau, Joyce Carol Oates, Sharon Olds, Matthew Rohrer, Zadie Smith, and Darin Strauss. Visiting faculty members in 2019-2020 will include Kiran Desai, John Freeman, Major Jackson, David Lipsky, Meghan O’Rourke, Parul Sehgal, and Hannah Tinti.
Through innovative literary outreach programs, a distinguished public reading series, an exciting public student reading series, special literary seminars with master writers, and the production of a high-quality literary journal, students participate in a dynamic literary community actively engaged in all aspects of the literary arts—writing, reading, teaching, publishing and community outreach. Students also have the opportunity to enjoy America's most literary terrain; New York University is situated in the heart of Greenwich Village, a part of the city that has always been home to writers.
Over recent years, program alumni have received many of the nation's most distinguished literary honors, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Guggenheim Fellowship, The MacArthur Fellowship, The National Endowment of the Arts Literary Fellowship, The Wallace Stegner Award, The Whiting Award, and the National Poetry Series, among many others.
The annual application deadline is December 18. We do not require GRE test scores. For further information about how to apply, please visit the GSAS Application Resource Center's useful online publication, "Application Requirements and Deadlines for Departments and Programs." Specific departmental requirements can be found here. You may also contact the Creative Writing Program at (212) 998-8816 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Information sessions for the graduate program will be held at the following times:
Wednesday, September 25th at 5pm (Closed)
Tuesday, October 22 at 5pm (Closed)
Tuesday, November 12 at 5pm (Closed)
Information sessions are held the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 W 10th St. Please RSVP to email@example.com