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

David Ulin

David Ulin

Founding Faculty / Nonfiction, Criticism/Reviewing

Richard Rayner

Richard Rayner

Founding Faculty / Fiction, Stage & Screen

Mary Ruefle

Mary Ruefle

Founding Faculty / Poetry, Nonfiction, Artists' Books

Visiting Writers & Editors

Andrew Nicholls

Andrew Nicholls

Visiting Writer/Editor

James Yeh

James Yeh

Visiting Writer/Editor

Rigoberto González

Rigoberto González

Visiting Writer, Poetry

Events

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.

MAT for BFA Summer Residency

Students enroll and participate in their first VCFA MAT summer residency between their junior and senior years. They complete their Fieldwork/Observation cycle and Pre-Thesis work at their undergraduate school location while completing their undergraduate degree. They come back to VCFA for their second summer residency after they have earned their BA or BFA.

MAT in Art & Design Education 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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