MFA Program for Writers alumni who have completed the degree at least one year prior to the application are eligible to apply for a post-graduate semester in poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction.  Appropriate projects might include the completion of a book-length manuscript, new work that represents a radical departure in one’s prior aesthetic, the undertaking of a new form, or the exploration of another genre.

Accepted applicants participate fully in the residency and work with a member of that semester's faculty for a 6-exchange term. 

Candidates should apply by September 15 for the January semester, or March 15 for the July semester.  The application requires:

  • the completed application form
  • a processing fee of $75
  • a writing sample (10 pages of poetry, or 25 pages of prose, in the proposed genre);
  • a personal essay describing the project, its goals and challenges, as well as how the student hopes to use faculty resources to address them in the creative and analytical work;
  • a short analytical essay (now familiar to the applicant as an “annotation”) focusing on an issue of craft pertinent to his/her own work;
  • one recommendation from a former Program supervisor.

No transcript is necessary.  Applications will be reviewed by the Director and the faculty members of the Admissions Team for the relevant semester.  A limited number of applicants will be accepted for any specific semester, and admission may not be deferred except by the Program.

Post-graduate students will be responsible for full fees (currently $9,400 tuition, $564 residency), and will not be eligible for financial aid.

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