Low-residency MFA programs give writers an opportunity to earn this terminal degree with limited on-site obligations.
By combining independent work with intensive residency sessions, students can advance their skills in genres including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
Our students tell us that the MFA in Writing program at VCFA has transformed them—that in two years they’ve evolved, redefined themselves, and found the tools they need to face the human experience head on and transform it into art.
Residencies allow students to spend time immersed in beautiful Montpelier, Vermont, summer in Slovenia, or winter in Cozumel, Mexico.
Depending on the genre, this may be up to 25 pages of prose or poetry.
Applicants may also need to compose a statement outlining their prior writing experience and academic and professional goals.Our 5:1 student-faculty ratio maximizes individual attention and fosters close relationships.Students and faculty stay on campus and have ample opportunities for informal exchange over meals or at events, creating powerful relationships and artistic support systems that last long past graduation.Whether on the Vermont campus or abroad, the MFA in Writing program offers exceptionally diverse perspectives, attitudes, and voices.This tight-knit, nonhierarchical community of writers challenges, inspires, and affirms.In some instances, seminars may be on a specific topic like the emotional development of characters, developing a voice as a writer, or narrative theory.Although students may be focusing on a particular genre during their studies, they are usually encouraged to attend presentations and seminars on multiple literary genres.Residency sessions allow time for students to participate in workshops, and often these are focused on critiquing other students' work and receiving feedback on their own writing projects.Additionally, residencies usually include lectures, presentations, and panels featuring faculty and guest writers.During residency sessions, students also create a plan for their next period of independent work.Residencies offer MFA students an opportunity to meet in person with their faculty mentor and discuss the assignments and projects the student will undertake for the remainder of the term.