ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The MFA in Writing at New Hampshire Institute of Art offers a possibility space for hybridity and cross-pollination of genres and media. We draw inspiration from writers like Anne Carson, Lance Olsen, Maggie Nelson, Claudia Rankine, Valeria Luiselli, and John d’Agata to transcend distinctions not only between fiction, essay, memoir, and poetry, but also across codes, cultures, and disciplines. Our students might produce a science fiction novel, or a memoir in photographs and poems, or a chapbook, and our faculty have expertise in all those areas to ensure a deep, rich knowledge in the chosen genre. We emphasize hybridity as a tool for exploration, however, our students often create works that are more traditional in form. Our goal is to give writers the means, opportunities, and space to make thoughtful and informed choices about their practice and aesthetic outcomes.
We also emphasize professional practice and literary citizenship, and visiting faculty and editors travel to each residency to critique student work with a real-world perspective. Our writers are strongly encouraged to send out work to journals on a regular basis and to attend readings and conferences regularly. Each residency, every student writer sits down for a one-on-one with a writing professional from small presses, literary journals, and writing residencies. In addition, we offer assistantships to student teach in our BFA Creative Writing program, edit fellow students’ critical theses, and work in marketing.
As a student you will participate in five ten-day residencies with all but the fifth followed by a semester of self-directed study with a writing mentor who oversees your creative output, reading list, and critical work. To fulfill the requirements of the Master of Fine Arts in Writing, you must complete five residencies and four semesters for a total of 60 credits, as well as self-publish your book including a critical introduction.
View the 2017 MFA and MAAE Thesis Exhibition Catalog
At NHIA's Graduate Program events, you'll learn more about our supportive and collaborative community of students, faculty, mentors, writers, and visiting artists.
November 11 and 12 Artists Connect: Community and the Low-Residency MFA
November 18 National Portfolio Day, Austin TX
December 1 National Portfolio Day, online
January 23, Residency Visit Day, NHIA Campus, Manchester NH
April 1, Visit Day, NHIA Campus, Manchester NH
For details about all of your events, click here.