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 have allowed us to create what The Atlantic, Poets & Writers rankings and, most importantly, our graduates, have consistently called “the best of the best.”
We believe that art takes the form of a series of conversations over time. Instead of asking, what makes a great artist? What makes a great writer? We turn that question around, asking instead: what makes you a great artist? What makes you a great writer? And then 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 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, that they now know how to carry on as a writers and teachers and humans, awake in the world.
December 10, 2013
Susan Levi Wallach, ’11 W, won first place in fiction in the 2013 Porter Fleming Literary...
Best-Selling Author Wally Lamb, '84 W, and Suzanne Levine, '83 W, Facilitate Exclusive Workshops on Italy's Almalfi Coast
November 5, 2013
Wally Lamb, '84 W, and Suzanne Levine, '83 W, graduates of the MFA in Writing, are...
October 11, 2013
Best-selling novelist Wally Lamb, a 1984 graduate of the MFA in Writing, has published the novel...
August 20, 2013
Alumna Ingrid Silverstein, '09 Writing, is a...
August 14, 2013
MFA in Writing faculty Matthew Dickman, Mary Ruefle and alumni Carrie Olivia Adams, Janaka...
November 18, 2013
Jackie Lalley, '98 W, co-founder of Yodelpop, a creative marketing and design firm based in...
June 3, 2013
More than 60 years ago, mystery writer Cynthia Riggs, '00 W, was working at a marine laboratory...
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