FDU’s low-residency MFA program in Creative Writing is ideal for students who want a more flexible academic schedule. Students attend two 10-day residencies each year, one in August at FDU‘s Florham campus in Madison, New Jersey, and one in January at the university’s Wroxton campus in Oxfordshire, England. Throughout the remainder of the school year, as they write and revise their creative work, students work one-on-one with their mentors and participate in online workshops. FDU is the only low-residency MFA program that offers the chance to work on an international literary magazine with an illustrious 57-year history, The Literary Review. FDU is one of the few low-residency programs to offer the chance to study abroad. The Wroxton, England residency gives students the opportunity to meet writers, editors, and agents from the U.K., even as they immerse themselves in their writing. In the 17th-century Jacobean mansion, and along the footpaths of the English countryside, and in nearby Oxford and London, students enjoy a creative idyl. Because our class sizes are small (usually 4-6 students), students work in a rigorous and focused way with their mentors.
At residencies, faculty and students dine together, attend readings and lectures together, and socialize. Our curriculum helps each writer follow his or her unique creative exploration, with an individually tailored reading list and a guided study of craft. Our teaching philosophy is twofold: 1) one learns to write through the practice of writing; and, 2) to echo Ralph Waldo Emerson, “There is then creative reading as well as creative writing”—in other words, one learns to write through close reading.
The MFA degree is offered in five disciplines: Poetry, Fiction, Writing for Young Adults, Creative Nonfiction, and Literary Translation.
We offer fellowships and awards to competitive applicants.
Fairleigh Dickinson University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.