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Key Information

Dr. Rita Banerjee
866-934-8232 ext. 8779
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Rita Banerjee

Faculty, MFA in Writing & Publishing

Erin Stalcup

Faculty, MFA in Writing & Publishing

Miciah Bay Gault

Faculty, MFA in Writing & Publishing; Novel Retreat


Julia Shipley

Visiting Writer

Donika Kelly

Visiting Writer

George Abraham

Visiting Writer

Sherwin Bitsui

Visiting Writer

Kate Gale

Visiting Writer/Editor

Dr. Debotri Dhar

Visiting Writer


Samuel Kolawole, 2019 MFA in Writing & Publishing

Recent graduate Samuel Kolawole has won the 14th annual Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellowship for Writers from the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians.…

Cameron Finch, 2019 MFA in Writing & Publishing

Cameron Finch was selected as one of 15 international participants for the inaugural Hiroshima-ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) Academy on Nuclear Weapons and…

Literary Journal

Hunger Mountain is an annual print journal of the arts, housed at VCFA. We publish fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, visual art, graphic design, young adult/children’s writing, and literary miscellany.


Certificate in Publishing

Jumpstart your publishing career with this one-semester, 15-credit program on the VCFA campus.

Program Blog

Check out Front Matter, the MFA in Writing & Publishing program’s blog, to get a student’s-eye view of life at VCFA.


How does this program prepare me for a career in writing and/or publishing?

Since the best way to get published is to be the strongest writer you can be, this program’s intense focus on craft will help you build the writing muscles you need to have a successful creative career, be prepared for the publishing and academic job markets, and engage as a practitioner with literary communities. Also, we offer courses, workshops, and talks on different aspects of the publishing industry such as starting a small press, running your own literary magazine, directing a literary arts nonprofit, publishing law, freelancing, editing, ghostwriting, and connecting with literary agents and agencies.

Can I teach at the college level with this degree?

Yes! The MFA in Writing & Publishing is a terminal degree, which means it’s the highest degree you can earn in the field. This allows you to teach on an undergraduate and graduate level. This career choice will be explored throughout the program.