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The Newport MFA in Creative Writing


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Our vibrant low-residency program confers an MFA in creative writing in one of the world's most beautiful settings. Newport, Rhode Island is a vacationland steeped in cultural and literary history - home to novelists and to novels by Henry James, Thornton Wilder and Edith Wharton.

Our Program

The Newport MFA immerses students in the creative life through an intensive study of the craft of writing guided by dedicated faculty. Residencies consist of daily workshops, craft lectures, manuscript consultations, and keynote readings, initiating students into the writing life as well as the business of publishing and editing. Students spend the months between residencies writing and reflecting in an individualized mentorship with eminent writers.

Our program is dedicated to the rigor of graduate study, to providing outstanding guides and mentors in the field, and to balancing the solitude of writing with a dynamic community experience. Students may choose to specialize in fiction, historical fiction, poetry or nonfiction.

Residency Dates and Deadlines

ResidencyDateApplication Deadline
January ResidencyJan. 3-12, 2020Rolling
June ResidencyJune 19-28, 2020May 1, 2020

Program Spotlight: Hold the Now

Emily Dickinson said, “Forever is composed of nows.” As writers, we are always looking to understand the complexity of our lives and to expand and hold the now. If you’re like us, the Newport MFA could be your next beginning. Our flexible, low-residency program is based in Newport, Rhode Island - a paradise land steeped in history. We’ve gathered some of the country’s best writers as faculty to provide the inspiration, mentorship and professionalization needed to begin your happily ever after.

Our Faculty

 I’ve had the great pleasure of reaching out to the writers who have become my friends, my professional colleagues, who are names that everyone has heard, to invite them here both as teachers but also to come and give readings and craft talks as special guests. And we have a list that is really going to dazzle anyone who reads and loves literature. 

Ann Hood, founding director, the Newport MFA in creative writing


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Program Spotlight: Literary Havana

All MFA students are encouraged to spend one of their winter residencies in Havana, Cuba, where the itinerary combines the usual workshops, craft talks and one-on-one literary learning with active exploration of Cuba's cultural scene, including a dynamic, off-the-beaten track exploration of the "real" Cuba, with its unique cultural, artistic and literary legacy.

Members of our faculty have extensive contacts and experience in Cuba, which has put the Newport MFA in a unique position to offer students a once-in-a-lifetime chance to focus on their craft even as they explore the cultural life of this rapidly changing Caribbean nation.