This Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing offers study abroad in England, and tracks in Fiction, Poetry, Writing for Young Adults, Literary Translation, Nonfiction. Our About page tells you all about our Literary Review, study abroad, and curriculum.
Low-residency MFA in Creative Writing, About, Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Writing for Young Adults, Literary Translation


The low-residency MFA program in creative writing is rigorous and intimate, fun and practical, challenging, and rewarding. At FDU, it’s also flexible and affordable.

Remote coursework over two years with our acclaimed working-writer faculty is complemented by ten-day in-person residencies — summer in New Jersey and winter in a 17th-century abbey in England. FDU’s MFA is renowned for its lively intensity, community spirit, and innovative cross-genre structure. Illustrious international guest authors and publishing professionals round out the experience.

A low-residency MFA accommodates every writer’s complicated schedule and ambition. Dedicate time to your writing without upending your life in progress, get feedback from acclaimed writers and teachers, workshop online and in person, travel, focus and retreat, read, be as creative as you want to be, meet new people who are as serious about writing as you are, meet great writers in person, learn about the publishing journey, get teaching experience, join a vibrant community of like minded writers, start your manuscript, finish your book.

Study: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Writing for Children and Young Adults, or Literary Translation.

Join the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University. In the last year alone, our students and alumni have published middle-grade novels, won juried poetry collection prizes, written award-winning nonfiction books and major trade house novels, they’ve launched an international literary magazine, bought a landmark bookstore, brought an original reading series to Symphony Space, NYC, edited anthologies, started an independent press, won an NEA, won an NAACP Image Award… to name just a few of our community’s accomplishments.

We’d love to hear from you! Email us for more information, including tuition costs.

Gracelyn Weaver, Coordinator

Minna Zallman Proctor, Director

MFA in Creative Writing Fairleigh Dickinson University

285 Madison Ave. M-MS3-01

Madison, NJ 07940

phone: 973.443.8632


Program Highlights:

The residency in Wroxton, England. Explore nearby Oxford and London, while immersing yourself in writing and study at FDU’s 17th-century Jacobean country mansion.

The FDU MFA is dedicated to cross-genre work. Writers learn from each other and from all different kinds of writing.

A lively and communal alumni community, with experiences and professional guidance as well as opportunities.

Option to add a second genre track, for a dual concentration degree over three years.

Opportunity to study the pedagogy of teaching college composition — a practical preparation that opens up earning opportunities for you after your MFA, before you’ve even published.

A flexible online model that has all of the attentiveness and rigor of a full-time residential program.

Scholarships, graduate assistantships, and teaching assistantships.