Manhattanville University

Raise Your Writing Potential

As a student in Manhattanville’s Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts program, you’ll hone your craft, challenge convention, and connect with a nurturing literary community in New York City and the Tri-State area. When you graduate, you’ll be a well-rounded, versatile writer ready for whatever creative opportunities come your way.

An MFA Program Unlike the Others

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Flexible Approach

Unlike other MFA programs that require you to work in a specific genre, MVille is committed to genre exploration, meaning you’ll have the freedom to learn and write across areas, further developing your skills as a well-rounded, versatile writer. Our program itself is also flexible, embracing a minimally structured combination of workshops, craft courses, independent study, and a culminating thesis. We know that no 2 writers find their voices and develop their styles in the same way or at the same time, so our program provides the latitude you need to grow at your own pace. Plus, we offer once-a-week evening, occasional weekend, and online course options to make pursuing your MFA even easier.
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Unbeatable Community

Writing is a joyful practice, but it is a solitary one, and we understand that writers need a community to stay grounded, find inspiration, and build relationships that will sustain their writing practice beyond their MFA years. At Manhattanville University, we all seek to move beyond the walls of Barat House, our creative writing cottage, to take advantage of the rich literary scene in the Lower Hudson Valley and in New York City, just a short train ride away. So, whether you’re looking to attend a visiting author reading, one of our annual festivals (poetry, fiction, and nonfiction are all celebrated!), a program BBQ, or listen to a graduating student reading, you can (and will) at MVille.

Real-World Experience That Pays ... Literally

We’re proud of the fact that our tuition rates remain reasonable and competitive, but we also understand that sometimes that’s simply not enough. That’s why we’ve developed additional funding options for students to pursue.
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Teaching Pathway: This unique 3-year program offers you the chance to complete your MFA and gain training as a writing instructor as you teach 1 course per semester in MVille’s undergraduate Academic Writing program. You’ll earn tuition credits for your work, so not only will you gain valuable classroom experience, but your last 2 years of tuition will be covered.

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Graduate Assistantships: Similar to the teaching pathway, graduate assistantships offer students tuition credits in exchange for working on campus at Inkwell, our long-standing literary magazine; the writing center; or in the MFA program office. These assistantships are a great benefit, as they help you build demonstrable experience and skills in teaching, publishing, and/or marketing — while also helping to keep your degree affordable.

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