MFA in Creative Writing

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Diane Les Becquets

Go Write Your Book

Write the book you've always dreamed of writing, as you earn your MFA 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 maintaining your day-to-day responsibilities. Because we cap our creative writing program at 65 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 an excellent manuscript in hand

Immerse yourself in the writer's life during our residencies. Learn in a grand hotel steeped in history. In the summer, take your morning coffee on a porch looking over the White Mountains. In the winter, read by a stone fireplace. Study with award-winning authors and meet with the renowned editors and agents on our advisory board.

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.

The Low-Residency MFA in Fiction and Nonfiction

  • 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
  • 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
  • Narrative prose only, with a program capped at 65 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
  • Literary journal contests
  • Awards and fellowships
  • Competitive pricing
  • No GRE required for admission

Letter from the Director

In our program, it’s traditional for students to refer to their professors as their “mentors.” I like this tradition because it reminds faculty of what we aspire to be. We don’t want to be mere lecturers in craft, foisting the same lessons on every student. We are teachers who get to know each student one-on-one, face-to-face, and in writing, and we tailor our instruction to our students’ artistic needs.

Our weeklong summer and winter residencies take place at the Mountain View Grand Resort. There, we faculty meet with our students (our "mentees") in workshops and seminars. The conversations tend to continue over meals and on the veranda, which overlooks the White Mountains of New Hampshire. After residency, the semester begins. Students send us their work every five weeks; we write thorough and precise editorial letters in response. We make ourselves available to discuss our students’ writing beyond these regular exchanges, on the phone and by g-chat and e-mail. No faculty member takes on more than five students at a time.

We’re a young program, eight years old, but we’ve already seen major presses, like Penguin and Da Capo, publish novels and memoirs by our alumni.

Our strengths:

  • Our faculty, all accomplished writers and teachers
  • Our advisory board of editors and agents
  • Our close and supportive community of students and alumni
  • Our curriculum, designed not only for the traditional novelist but also the essayist, the young-adult writer, the memoirist, the short-story writer
  • Contests and fellowships whose awards include publication in our university’s literary review, which has featured writers such as Donald Hall, Allan Gurganus, and Ayana Mathis
  • Specialized instruction in environmental nonfiction and young-adult fiction
  • Our almost unsettlingly lovely location, the Mountain View Grand

From a substantial applicant pool, we accept a cohort of about 15 students each semester, maintaining a student-faculty ratio of 4:1. Students complete four residencies during the four-semester program, and work toward a Master of Fine Arts, a terminal degree which qualifies graduates to teach at the college level. If you have questions about our program, please don't hesitate to contact our administrative director, Jennifer Boissonneault. If you have questions specifically for me, she’ll pass them along and I’ll get in touch.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Benjamin Nugent

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, MFA

Administrative Director

Email: mfa.admin@snhu.edu

Phone: 603.626.9100 x 2382
Cell: 603.851.5155