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.