MFA in Creative Writing

Go Write Your Book

Write the book you've always dreamed of writing as you earn your MFA Creative Writing degree in Fiction or Nonfiction at Southern New Hampshire University. Our two-year low-residency MFA creative writing program allows you to write at home, while still maintaining your day-to-day responsibilities. Because we cap our creative writing program at 60 students and focus only on narrative prose, students connect with each other and faculty mentors during short, but inspiring residencies, developing close and sustaining relationships that continue well beyond graduation.

Students focus on creative writing in fiction (including adult and young adult) or nonfiction (including environmental writing and memoir). Our vibrant MFA creative writing program guides our students in discovering their unique stories and rhythms as writers, while also teaching them a command of the craft. Students graduate with a book-length manuscript of publishable quality, a network of agents and editors, college-teaching opportunities, and a lifetime creative writing community.

Our two principal goals:

  • Create a close and vibrant writing community
  • Graduate each student with a publishable book in hand

MFA Creative Writing Low Residency - Inspire the Writer Within

Become part of a creative writer's colony. Immerse yourself in the writer's life during our summer and winter residencies and craft your story in a northern New England setting steeped in beauty and history. In the summer enjoy your morning coffee with fellow students and faculty on a porch looking out to the White Mountains, and in the winter cozy up with a good book in front of a crackling fire. Meet with best-selling, award-winning authors, participate in workshops and readings, and garner advice from high-placed publishing insiders.

Both annual writing residencies are conducted at the Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield, New Hampshire. The residencies provide energy, adventure, and an experience that will nurture your creativity and offer opportunities for quiet reflection, intimacy, and inspiration. Once you complete the admission process, your MFA creative writing program at SNHU can begin with either the seven-day summer residency in June, or the seven-day winter residency in January. In addition to working with our full-time faculty, you will work with visiting writers of fiction and nonfiction and with our board of advisors from the publishing industry - a board that includes editors, agents, and book marketing professionals of some of the highest esteem. During the rest of the year you will work one-on-one with faculty - full-time MFA faculty committed to every student and their success - through correspondence, online, and via telephone conferences.

Advantages of a MFA Creative Writing Degree at SNHU

  • Low-residency program for ultimate schedule flexibility.
  • A vibrant and supportive MFA creative writing community, one that includes award-winning nationally-known writers, publishers, faculty, and fellow writing students.
  • Immediate opportunities to publish as a graduate student, with publishing advice and manuscript support.
  • Connections with agents, editors, and other publishing insiders of some of the highest esteem who are committed to our program and work with our students.
  • Internship opportunities, a unique benefit for a low-residency program.
  • Narrative prose only, with a program capped at 60 students to allow for greater one-on-one attention and support from our faculty to our students.
  • Adult and Young Adult fiction concentrations.
  • Creative Nonfiction concentrations, including environmental writing and memoir.
  • Opportunity to teach in the classroom or online for SNHU's undergraduate creative writing program.
  • Literary journal contests.
  • Prizes and scholarship opportunities.
  • Competitive pricing.
  • No GRE required for admission.

Message from the MFA in Writing Director

If you are looking at our low-residency program, you may well be ready to ''Go Write Your Book.'' A number of elements distinguish our graduate degree from others. My favorite is the community itself. More...

MFA Residencies

Our residencies, held at the Mountain View Grand Resort, offer wonderful energy and a unique blend of comfort and adventure. They are experiences that nurture your creativity and provide opportunities for reflection, intimacy, and inspiration. More...

MFA Faculty

Participate in lectures, readings, and classes with internationally best-selling and award-winning authors of some of the highest acclaim. More...

MFA Writing Community

Join the close and vibrant writing community here at SNHU. Meaningful interactions with well known writers, publishers, faculty, and fellow writers. Get publishing advice and support for your manuscript work. More...

Contact Us
Jennifer Boissonneault, Interim MFA Director


Phone: 603.851.5155