MFA in Writing

The goal of all creative writing, Rilke tells us, is to change our lives. Over and over, our students tell us that the MFA in Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts has changed their lives, that they have never encountered such dedicated faculty, that they learn more in two years with us than they have in their lifetime, that they don’t want to leave this “magical” place…and we understand what they mean.  Our 32+ years of experience in low-residency education in writing have allowed us to create what The Atlantic, Poets & Writers rankings and, most importantly, our graduates, have consistently called “the best of the best.”

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We believe that art takes the form of a series of conversations over time. We ask, what makes you a great writer? We step back and let the rethinking of the world, the re-constituting of self, and the resulting deep sense of connection to humanity take place.

The creation and appreciation of art is universal across continents, cultures and classes, and at the same time is intensely personal. The arts are a medium for intellectual and moral inquiry, a way of exploring the meaning of memory and tradition, and of charting the inner, subjective surfaces of human experience. Just as the medical sciences are devoted to extending and improving the quality of life, the arts help us to understand the essential reasons for that life, the deeper values, visions and commitments that sustain our will to survive. 

But does that make it worth studying, worth funding, worth doing? Does art matter? At Vermont College of Fine Arts, for our students and faculty, the answer is always "yes."

Our students tell us that the low-residency MFA in Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts has transformed them, that in two years they’ve evolved, redefined themselves, continually committing to asking and answering the quintessential questions: does art matter? What makes a great writer? What makes me a great writer? Our students tell us that the MFA in Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts has prepared them for a new future, has given them confidence in their individual vision of the world and courage to give voice to that vision. 

New students tell us they’re glad they’ve discovered VCFA; our graduates say they’re trying to find their way to Vermont College of Fine Arts all over again. 

Our students tell us that they’ve discovered the tools they need to face—head-on—the human experience and transform it into art, and that they now know how to carry on as a writers and teachers and humans, awake in the world.

 

News

MFA in Writing Loses One of Earliest and Most Unique Poets, Bill Knott

The MFA in Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts has lost one of its early and most unique...

2014 Pushcart Prize Anthology Includes Work by Faculty & Alumni

Vermont College of Fine Arts' MFA in Writing faculty and alumni are well-represented in ...

Faculty Jen Bervin's book about Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems Makes Literary Waves

Emily Dickinson: The Gorgeous Nothings co-edited by Jen Bervin, Faculty, MFA in Writing...

Susan Levi Wallach, ’11 W, wins First Place in Fiction in 2013 Porter Fleming Literary Competition

Susan Levi Wallach,  ’11 W, won first place in fiction in the 2013 Porter Fleming Literary...

Best-Selling Author Wally Lamb, '84 W, Publishes New Novel

Best-selling novelist Wally Lamb, a 1984 graduate of the MFA in Writing, has published the novel...

Events

MFA in Graphic Design Guest Lecture: Caroline Oh

Lorena Howard-Sheridan, Guest Designer at the MFA in Graphic Design residency, offers a free, public lecture, "Sideway Glances: Vernacular Lettering from the Streets of Mexico City" that considers big-scale, public lettering signs in Mexico, analyzed from the point of view of graphic design and typography. http://www.vcfa.edu/graphic-design-events

Film Screening: "Computer Chess" / MFA in Film

Director Andrew Bujalski screens and discusses his film, "Computer Chess." The MFA in Film spring residency presents award-winning directors offering screenings and a post-screening discussion. The events are free and open to the public. http://www.vcfa.edu/film-events

Preview: Director Debra Granik / MFA in Film

Director Debra Granik previews and discusses her new work. The MFA in Film spring residency presents award-winning directors offering screenings and a post-screening discussion. The events are free and open to the public. http://www.vcfa.edu/film-events

Film Screening: "Winter's Bone" / MFA in Film

Director Debra Granik screens and discusses her four-time Academy Award nominee, "Winter's Bone". The MFA in Film spring residency presents award-winning directors offering screenings and a post-screening discussion. The events are free and open to the public. http://www.vcfa.edu/film-events

Spotlights

Hearing the Right Voices: Sue William Silverman and the Craft of Memoir

Author Sue William Silverman, a faculty member of the MFA in Writing at Vermont College of Fine...

Jackie Lalley, '98 W, Views Communication Through a Poet's Eyes

Jackie Lalley, '98 W, co-founder of Yodelpop, a creative marketing and design firm based in...

Wedding bells for 81-year-old mystery writer Cynthia Riggs, '00W, sixty years later

More than 60 years ago, mystery writer Cynthia Riggs, '00 W, was working at a marine laboratory...

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Contact:

Jason Lamb

Assistant Director of Admissions
802-828-8829
866-934-8232, ext. 8829
Jason.Lamb@vcfa.edu


Postgraduate Writing Opportunities

Novel Retreat

Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Writing Semester

Resources