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As a student in Sarah Lawrence’s nationally recognized Masters program in Writing, you will work in close collaboration with faculty members who are both distinguished writers and devoted mentors.

While students concentrate in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, or speculative fiction, you are encouraged to explore your writing fearlessly, ranging beyond genre boundaries as freely as you wish. 

Why Sarah Lawrence?

MFA Writing Fiction

MFA Fiction students focus on bringing together precision of language with boldness of imaginative grasp. We closely study the craft lessons learned by the writers who have gone before us—but never lose sight of the fact that each new work of fiction is a leap into the unknown.

MFA Creative Nonfiction

Our students engage in spirited and thought-provoking investigations of the aesthetics and ethics of nonfiction writing. MFA students consider questions such as: Is it possible to write freely about other people without exploiting them? Is there a difference between factual and essential truth? How do we find narrative coherence within the messy actualities of life?

MFA Poetry

The focus is both minute and broad—examining poems on a cellular level, then talking about larger issues, such as poetic traditions and compositional techniques. We ask for full participation, deep inquiry, and rigor.

MFA Speculative Fiction

We look closely at the special questions posed by speculative fiction, paying particular attention to the question of how to combine mind-bending world-building with powerful narrative drive. We begin from the premise that the literary exploration of alternative realities deserves as much respect as any other literary genre, and that fantasy and sci-fi writers are producing some of the most compelling fiction of our time.

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