Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing


Real Lives, Real Stories


Beginning in the Fall of 2016, the Rutgers University-Newark Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program will fully fund fourteen admitted full-time students each year.  TAs will receive Tuition Remission and 25K per year in exchange for teaching one class of Composition or Creative Writing (top GRE Verbal score and prior teaching preferred).  All accepted full-time students will receive full In-state Tuition Remission, and a $15,000 Chancellor's Stipend each year.  Full-time accepted students will be eligible for other types of financial assistance; these funds can take the form of a part-time lectureship (PTL, an addition $8,400 per year) at the department's discretion.  MFA students may participate in community outreach as Chancellor's MFA Mentors in local Newark high schools.  Students are highly encouraged to establish NJ residency by Sept. 1 (accepted students will be sent clear step-by-step directions).  The RU-N MFA also accepts applications for 3 year, or part-time students, who are not eligible for financial assistance.

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The Rutgers University-Newark MFA in creative writing program, located on the most richly diverse undergraduate campus in the nation, is a 25-minute PATH train ride from Manhattan. Literature comprises the consciousness and conscience of a culture, and the Rutgers-Newark MFA is a 21st Century program designed to nurture a wide range of voices. Click here to read about MFA Faculty/Student Honors and Publications.

Our Writing Faculty in Fiction includes novelist, short story writer and MFA Director, Jayne Anne Phillips, novelist Tayari Jones, novelist and essayist Alice Elliott Dark and novelist, poet and theorist John Keene. Our Poetry faculty are distinguished poet and translator Rachel Hadas and Rigoberto Gonzalez. Two MFA Faculty members who joined us in Fall 2011: novelist/short story writer, Akhil Sharma and Brenda Shaughnessy, poet and Poetry Editor of Tin House. Our accomplished Nonfiction faculty, Pulitzer Prize finalist James Goodman, Vietnam and science fiction specialist H. Bruce Franklin, and jazz pianist/author Lewis Porter, offer courses or workshops to our Fiction and Poetry students. The visiting authors who comprise our Writers at Newark Reading Series do MFA-only Q&A's; the Series is reflected in our MFA only Writers at Newark: Contemporary American Lit courses and in our community outreach to Newark.

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