Take a big step on the path to becoming a working writer; join the FDU MFA in Creative Writing Program. We are a community of writers coming together to learn from, challenge, and support one another to become the very best writers we can be.

Over the past five years, our students and alumni have published 28 books. These publications include a New York Times bestseller, the winner of the African-American Book Prize, and the Colorado Book Prize for Biography. Our students and alumni have published hundreds of poems, stories, and essays in prestigious literary magazines, like Tin House, The Literary Review, and The National Poetry Review. Most of our students begin to publish while they are still in the program. Because of our proximity to New York City—the heart of the publishing world—we bring agents and editors from both big and independent publishing houses to every residency to meet our students.

We offer concentrations in Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Writing for Young Adults and Children, and Literary Translation. We also offer the option of combining two genres in the completion of an MFA degree with a dual concentration.

“Always be a poet, even in prose.”
–Charles Baudelaire


Follow our alumni successes on our Instagram and Twitter accounts. FDU is the only low-residency MFA program that offers the chance to work on the editorial staff of The Literary Review, an international literary quarterly with an illustrious 65-year history.

Our MFA program is ideal for students who want a more flexible academic schedule; with our twice-a-year residencies in Wroxton, England and Madison, New Jersey, you don’t have to interrupt family or work life in order to pursue your writing in a rigorous way. You’ll study with mentors who are not only acclaimed, award-winning writers, but devoted teachers. Our residencies feature lectures and readings with eminent visiting writers.

FDU’s MFA Program offers scholarships to exceptional applicants chosen by the faculty.  As our alumni will attest, this MFA program is not only a vibrant and nurturing literary community. It is a gateway to change. We believe that as you grow as a writer, you expand as a human being.

For More Information

René Steinke, Director
MFA in Creative Writing Fairleigh Dickinson University


285 Madison Ave. M-MS3-01
Madison, NJ 07940
phone: 973.443.8632
email: writingmfa@fdu.edu

Please help our students to fund their MFA graduate studies by giving to the MFA Alumni Scholarship Fund.

Thanks for your generosity!