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

Matthew Dickman

Matthew Dickman

Founding Faculty / Poetry, Copywriting

David Ulin

David Ulin

Founding Faculty / Nonfiction, Criticism/Reviewing

Ann Armbrecht

Ann Armbrecht

Visiting Faculty / Fieldwork, Research, Translation

Visiting Writers & Editors

Rick Myers

Rick Myers

Visiting Writer/Editor

Rigoberto González

Rigoberto González

Visiting Writer, Poetry

James Yeh

James Yeh

Visiting Writer/Editor

Events

MFA in Writing Residency

The ten-day residency is a vibrant time of workshops, seminars, lectures, discussions, and readings by faculty, graduating students, and visiting writers from all over the country.

MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults Residency

The ten-day residency is a vibrant whirlwind of workshops, lectures, panels, discussions, and readings by faculty, graduating students, and visiting writers and illustrators.

Graduate Studies in Art & Design Education Summer Residency

Our Art Education programs offer month-long summer residencies on VCFA’s beautiful Montpelier campus, along with ongoing coursework and mentorship throughout the year. The low-residency model allows students to earn advanced degrees without leaving the communities where they live and work.

Master of Arts in Art & Design Education (MAADE) Summer Residency

Students converge on our Vermont campus for a 4-week summer residency. This offers each cohort a chance to meet, collaborate, and create the kind of community that’s so important for educators. Summer residencies include coursework, workshops, symposia, and research opportunities.

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