MFA in Writing & Publishing (Residential)

The MFA in Writing & Publishing is a two-year residency at Vermont College of Fine Arts. We give writing students the tools to write books and to survive in their cultural scene long after graduation.

Our innovative Publishing & Fieldwork curriculum is part writing workshop, part seminar on the history of independent publishing. Students make a publication from start to finish, collaborating as an editorial team, and going regularly into the “field” to learn from agents, editors, publisher, designers, and more.

The MFA in Writing & Publishing celebrates cross-genre and multi-disciplinary coursework. We offer concentrations in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, new media, and stage & screen. Our classes are mixed-genre, and students can opt for a hybrid-genre thesis.

Writing & Publishing students learn so much from our Internship and Directed Study requirements. Students might work at VCFA’s literary magazine Hunger Mountain, TA at local colleges, learn the ins and outs of letterpress art, assist in creative writing classes at Montpelier High School, just to name a few possibilities. Throughout their two years in Vermont, students are always exploring the career possibilities available to writers: editing, publishing, teaching, working in the nonprofit arts scene, and so many others.

Program Faculty

MG Lord, Faculty, MFA in Writing & Publishing

M.G. Lord

Core Faculty / Nonfiction, Graphic Novel, Memoir, Biography

Mary Ruefle

Mary Ruefle

Core Faculty / Poetry, Nonfiction, Artists' Books

Jessica Hendry Nelson

Jessica Hendry Nelson

Visiting Faculty / Nonfiction, Memoir

Visiting Writers & Editors

Ryan Walsh

Ryan Walsh

Visiting Writer/Editor

James Yeh

James Yeh

Visiting Writer/Editor

Rick Myers

Rick Myers

Visiting Writer/Editor

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