MFA in Writing

"The goal of all creative writing, Rilke tells us, is to change our lives. In the nearly thirty years that I have taught at Vermont College of Fine Arts, I have seen time and again how indelibly the MFA in Writing Program has transformed budding writers' lives—simply (and mysteriously) by helping them to realize their potential as artists. This seems to me a small but crucially good thing in this world, a world very much in need of the virtues good writing can offer it."  – David Wojahn, poetry faculty

Our 35 years of experience in low-residency education in writing has allowed us to create what The Atlantic, Poets & Writers rankings and, most importantly, our graduates have consistently called “the best of the best.”


The creation and appreciation of art is universal across continents, cultures, and classes, and at the same time is intensely personal. 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 connection to humanity take place.

But does that make it worth studying, worth funding, worth doing? Does art of writing 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 program at Vermont College of Fine Arts has transformed them—that in two years they’ve evolved, redefined themselves, discovered the tools they need to face head-on the human experience and transform it into art and to carry on as writers and teachers and humans, awake in the world.

John Abernathy, Nicole Chu, Monica Lee Copeland, and Rigoberto Gonzalez discuss what they love about the MFA in Writing program at VCFA:


Program Faculty

Natasha Sajé, Faculty, MFA in Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts

Natasha Sajé

Faculty, Poetry

T. Geronimo Johnson

T. Geronimo Johnson

Visiting Faculty, Fiction

Harrison Candelaria Fletcher

Harrison Candelaria Fletcher

Visiting Faculty, CNF

Visiting Writers

Jamaal May, Visiting Poet

Jamaal May

Visiting Poet, Summer 2016

J. Kates

Visiting Translator, Winter 2017

Maggie Nelson The Argonauts

Maggie Nelson

Visiting Writer, Winter 2017


Visiting Writer Alison Bechdel and VCFA President Thomas Christopher Greene to give reading on July 2

VCFA will host one of the college’s most anticipated events of the year on July 2 at 7 p.m. in...