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 fulltime students each year.  Each will receive full in-state tuition remission, as well as a $15,000 Chancellor’s Stipend each year.  Fulltime accepted students will be eligible for other types of financial assistance; these funds can take the form of a teaching assistantship (TA), part-time lectureship (PTL), or a Truman Capote Fellowship, at the department’s discretion. MFA students may participate in community outreach as Chancellor’s MFA Mentors in local Newark high schools.  See the announcement here.

The Rutgers-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. We also welcome two new 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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