International MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation

Admissions

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. In rare and special cases, we admit writers and literary translators who have not earned an undergraduate degree. Such candidates must show evidence to the Admissions Committee of exceptional academic, literary, and/or publishing background.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MFA in International Writing & Literary Translation program is based primarily on the quality of original work submitted.

Part 1

Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate coursework sent directly from the institution to: Office of Admissions – MFA in International Writing program, Vermont College of Fine Arts, 36 College Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.

Part 2

Application Requirements

You can submit the following materials online by signing up on our online application in Slideroom. It is important to sign up for the service early in the process to identify and email people providing letters of reference.

Personal Essay

A personal essay (2-3 pages, double-spaced) in which the applicant addresses the following: How long and how you came to seriously writing and/or doing literary translation. Previous study in writing, literature and literary translation. Additional experience relevant to the application. The strengths and weaknesses of the applicant’s writing and/or literary translation.

Critical Essay

A short critical essay (3-4 pages or approximately 1,500 to 2,000 words) that demonstrates the applicant’s abilities as a reader and critical thinker. This sample should be on a literary work, recently read, about the genre the applicant is interested in pursuing in the program (fiction, nonfiction, or literary translation). For fiction or nonfiction applicants, the essay should in some way engage questions dealing with the writer’s craft, subjects and thematic concerns, and/or the ways in which the writer’s work has served as a model for the applicant’s own literary ambitions. Try to avoid generalizations and focus on specific examples to support your analysis. For literary translators, we are looking for some critical insights or analysis on the art and craft of translation, which could include process, comparisons of different translations or how we evaluate the “success” of a translated work, among other topics. We would prefer the critical essay to engage with the genre you're applying for, but you may draw upon examples from other genres if you feel this is relevant to the point(s) you wish to make. If you include citations, please add a bibliography or a works cited page formatted either according to MLA or Chicago guidelines.

Creative Work Sample

Submission should be double spaced, 12 pt type, at least 1" margins all round. If you are applying for:

  • Fiction/Nonfiction: Submit 20 manuscript pages of creative work.
  • Literary Translation: 20 manuscript pages of translated literary fiction or nonfiction (include a copy of original language text) OR 10 manuscript pages of translated literary fiction or nonfiction plus 10 manuscript pages of creative work.
  • Dual genre fiction/nonfiction: Submit 20 manuscript pages of creative work in each genre.
  • Dual Writing/Literary Translation: Submit 20 manuscript pages of creative work and 20 manuscript pages of translated literary fiction or nonfiction (include a copy of original language text) OR 10 manuscript pages of translated literary fiction or nonfiction plus 10 manuscript pages of creative work.
References
  • Applicant will be asked to provide 2 references. Identify 2 references to provide letters of recommendation. The recommendations will be submitted directly into your Slideroom application. You do not have to wait for the recommendations to be submitted in order to submit your application.

Contacts

Xu Xi
Evan Fallenberg

Faculty Co-Directors
+1.802.828.8796
866-934-8232, ext. 8796
[email protected]


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