The Newport MFA in Creative Writing

The Newport MFA in Creative Writing


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Salve Regina University's Master of Fine Arts in creative writing program – the Newport MFA – immerses students in the creative life through residencies and mentorships, publishing and editing panels and craft talks, always with a sustained focus on writing. Our two-year creative writing program provides dedicated faculty mentorship in the genres of fiction, poetry, nonfiction and historical fiction and culminates with each student completing a polished manuscript.

The low-residency format of our MFA in creative writing program honors the increasing demands on students' time, teaching them to integrate writing into their day and setting them on the path to becoming lifelong writers. And through our popular accelerated program, qualified Salve Regina undergraduates can begin the Newport MFA during their senior (fourth) year.

Low-Residency MFA Program

Emily Dickinson said, "Forever is composed of nows." As writers, we are always looking to understand the complexity of our lives and to envision and hold the now. If you're like us, the low-residency Newport MFA could be your next beginning. Our flexible creative writing degree connects you to some of the country's best writers to provide the inspiration, mentorship and professionalization needed to elevate your creative aspirations.

For those interested in scholarship opportunities, the Ann Hood Scholarship offers valuable financial support, particularly in assisting with the residency costs associated with the Newport MFA. This scholarship supports students in their academic journey and can help alleviate some of the financial concerns. For more information, please email the Office of Graduate Admissions at

Program Overview

Structure: Low-residency MFA in creative writing

Next residency dates: June 22-30, 2024

We are accepting applications for our June 2024 residency. 

Upcoming Newport MFA Events

Explore Salve Regina's Transformative Educational Experience

Join us as Jim Fowler, vice president for enrollment management, discusses Salve Regina University’s low-residency Newport MFA in creative writing program with Ann Hood, author and Newport MFA founding director; Dr. Jen McClanaghan, graduate program director; and alumni Katie Hughes-Pucci ’20 (M) and Tom Cowen ’21 (M).

Discover the Difference at Salve Regina

Launch Your Career

Our MFA program offers a pathway to publishing or teaching in the creative writing space. In addition to earning the terminal degree required to teach writing at most universities, our students engage with editors and agents to explore the business side of the literary world.

Best of Both Worlds

Salve Regina’s MFA program provides a unique opportunity for students to pursue a graduate degree without uprooting their lives. Working professionals can continue their lives where they are while also convening for biannual residences.

Dedicated Faculty Mentorship

Our MFA students are matched with best-selling and award-winning faculty authors who write in a similar style or genre. These dedicated mentorships ensure that all students graduate from Salve Regina with a well-crafted body of work in fiction, nonfiction or poetry.

An MFA for Your Writing and Your Life

The low-residency program balances the solitude of creative writing with a supportive community experience. Our residencies are offered in Newport, Rhode Island – a timeless coastal town steeped in centuries of cultural and literary history.

To earn the Newport MFA, students complete four residency/mentorship semesters in their chosen genre or dual genres, followed by a final graduation residency. Dedicated to the rigor of graduate study, the experiential residencies are 12-hour days designed for focused writing, daily workshops, craft lectures, manuscript consultations and keynote readings. There is also a strong focus on the professional aspects of writing through exploratory contact with literary agents, editors and publishers.

Following the writing residency, students return home to pursue focused courses of study under the attentive supervision of a faculty mentor. During the final residency, students complete a polished manuscript and give a public reading of their creative work. In addition, the Newport MFA provides the terminal degree required to teach writing at most universities.

Time to Complete


2 years

Program Format


Low residency

Application Deadline


Nov. 15 (January cohort)
Still accepting applications (June cohort)

Learn More About the Newport MFA in Creative Writing

The Newport MFA program at Salve Regina University offers the time and experiences to polish your writing knowledge and skills through writing residencies in Newport, Rhode Island. Balancing the low-residency format with visionary mentoring, this creative writing degree will hone your poetry or prose and foster your aspirations as a writer.

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Aggie Stewart

Program Spotlight: Aggie Stewart '22 (MFA)

Aggie Stewart ’22 (MFA) is a published yoga therapist and writer who has made it her goal to pursue healing methods for trauma survivors and others in difficult emotional or medical positions.

The catalyst for her journey? A lifelong love for writing and yoga, as well as a family tragedy that shaped her life. As Stewart was seeking to deepen her creative work, a good friend encouraged her to check out Salve Regina’s Newport MFA in creative writing program.

I am proud of where I am now, and I would not be where I am if it was not for my mentors and my cohort of colleagues. 

Program Spotlight: Katie Hughes-Pucci '20 (MFA)

Katie Hughes-Pucci '20 (MFA), who is from Rhode Island, said that Salve Regina's low-residency Newport MFA in creative writing just felt right, as Newport has always been in her backyard. She was also working full time and needed the flexibility.

 I think that's the beauty of a low-residency program in general. And it's where Salve just shines through.