Creative Nonfiction
The MFA is a creative writing low residency program that combines 10-day residencies with on-line coursework.
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Creative Nonfiction

Our faculty brings diverse styles of writing together through workshops and lectures, and students are exposed to many different voices. Students may choose their mentors, and the program focuses on an individualized curriculum and instruction. To help our students with the publishing process, we invite editors, agents, and other publishing professionals to the residencies. Most of our students publish in literary magazines while still enrolled in the program, and many of our alumni have published books.

Recent Visiting Writers: Jackie Kay, Bernardine Evaristo, Leigh Newman, Hari Kunzru

Students work closely with their mentors, who are not only award-winning, acclaimed writers, but also skilled and devoted teachers.

Students also have the opportunity to work with Minna Proctor, the Editor of The Literary Review, and they learn first-hand about publishing from an editorial perspective.

Interested students have the chance to learn about teaching at the college level.

To offset tuition costs, students are invited to apply for tuition awards (up to $7,000.00), scholarships, and graduate assistantships.


For More Information

René Steinke, Director

Low-residency MFA in Creative Writing, Fairleigh Dickinson University




Minna Proctor

Minna Proctor is the Editor of The Literary Review and a translator and essayist. She has been working in publishing since 1995 and was the editor of Colors and the managing editor of Bomb. Her most recent book, Landslide, a collection of personal essays, is forthcoming on Catapult Press. Her book on the idea of religious calling in America, Do You Hear What I Hear?: Religious Calling, the Priesthood, and My Father was published in 2004. Her essays and reviews have appeared in such publications as ApertureBookforumThe LA Times Book ReviewGuilt and PleasureThe NationAmerican Scholar, and The New York Times Book Review. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire and Bogliasco in Italy. Proctor’s translation of Love in Vain, Selected Stories of Federigo Tozzi won the PEN Poggioli Prize in 1998. Her other translations include Bruno Arpaia’s novel, The Angel of History.
Proctor teaches Nonfiction writing and Literary Translation in the MFA program.

Rosie Schaap

Rosie Schaap is the author of the memoir Drinking With Men (Riverhead Books), named one of the best books of 2013 by National Public Radio, Library Journal, and BookPage. She was the drink columnist for The New York Times Magazine from 2011-2017, and she is a contributor to This American Life. She has also written for Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Gather, Marie ClaireThe New York Times dining and travel sections, poetryfoundation.orgSaveur, Slate, and Travel + Leisure. She has contributed essays to many anthologies, including Here She Comes Now: Women in Music Who Have Changed Our Lives (Rare Bird Books, 2015), and Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today’s New York (Penguin, 2015).  A native New Yorker, she lives in Brooklyn and is writing a book about whiskey.

Rebecca Chace


Rebecca Chace is the author of the memoir, Chautauqua Summer, and the novels, Leaving Rock Harbor and Capture the Flag. She is also the author of the play, Colette: The Awakening, an adaptation of the novel by Kate Chopin. Chace adapted her novel, Capture the Flag, for the screen with director Lisanne Skyler. She has written for the New York Times Magazine, New York Times Sunday Book Review, the Huffington Post, LitHub, NPR’s All Things Considered and other publications. She is a 2014 recipient of the Grace Paley Fiction Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center. She was a member of the Wertheim Study at the New York Public Library from 2015-2016, and she is a recipient of the Dora Maar Fellowship in Fiction.

Please see her website for more information, blog posts, recent publications and upcoming events: