International MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation

As literature continues moving in a global direction, VCFA has created a unique low-residency International MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation program that combines off-campus study with international on-campus residencies.

The International MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at VCFA is an exclusively global program for writers and writing, with a focus on transnational literature in English and world literature in translation. Each residency takes place in a contrasting part of the world, providing students with an unparalleled global experience. Students immerse themselves in a region’s writing culture and literature, interacting with local writers and poets. 

The program brings together the high quality and prestige of VCFA’s writing experience and excellence, with the opportunity to engage in creative writing and literary translation in a wholly international context.

About the Program

The program will offer three areas of study—fiction, nonfiction, and literary translation—taught at brief residencies and by distance mentoring. Students will be required to attend a total of four residencies over the course of their degree—three international and one at the VCFA campus in Montpelier, Vermont. Students must also complete four semesters of creative and critical writing, during which they will work one-on-one with a faculty mentor by distance, followed by a final creative thesis in the fifth semester.

International residencies for 2018-2019 academic year include Iceland in September, Hong Kong in March and VCFA’s own Montpelier, Vermont campus in August.  For 2019-2020, possible sites include Portugal, St. Maarten, Thailand, and Canada. VCFA accepts applications throughout the year.

The International MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Translation will bring you into intimate contact with world literature and international writers, all while traveling the globe and honing your skills as a writer and/or translator.

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Tuition & Fees

  • Total program (64 credits): $38,400


  • Up to two full-ride scholarships will be awarded each academic year, for candidates in any of our three genres.
  • Applicants for the scholarship must apply between January 1 and June 1 and the successful candidate(s) may elect to begin by attending their first residency either in the following Fall (September) or Spring (March) semester. (Finalists will be required to attend an interview with the selection committee either in person or by teleconference.)
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Evan Fallenberg


We will receive applications starting January 15, 2018.

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