International MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation

About the Program

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

The program offers three areas of study—fiction, nonfiction, and literary translation—taught at brief residencies and by distance mentoring. Students are 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 work one-on-one with a faculty mentor by distance, followed by a final creative thesis in the fifth semester. 


International residencies for the 2018-2019 academic year include Reykjavik, Iceland in September, Hong Kong in March and VCFA’s own Montpelier, Vermont campus in August. In the 2019-2020 academic year residencies will take place in Banff, Canada and Lisbon, Portugal, as well as returning to Montpelier. VCFA accepts applications throughout the year.

5-11 Sep 2018 Reykjavik, Iceland  
6-12 Mar 2019 Hong Kong  
14-20 Aug 2019 Montpelier, VT, U.S.  
4-10 Sep 2019 Banff, Canada  
4-10 Mar 2020 Lisbon, Portugal  


Xu Xi
Evan Fallenberg

Faculty Co-Directors
866-934-8232, ext. 8796
[email protected]

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