MFA in Writing

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"In the nearly thirty years that I have taught at Vermont College of Fine Arts, I have seen time and again how indelibly the MFA in Writing Program has transformed budding writers' lives—simply by helping them to realize their potential as artists."  –David Wojahn, poetry faculty

Our 35 years of experience in low-residency education in writing has allowed us to create what The Atlantic, Poets & Writers rankings and, most importantly, our graduates have consistently called “the best of the best.”


The creation and appreciation of art is universal across continents, cultures, and classes, and at the same time is intensely personal. We believe that art takes the form of a series of conversations over time. We ask, what makes you a great writer? We step back and let the rethinking of the world, the re-constituting of self, and the resulting connection to humanity take place.

But does that make it worth studying, worth funding, worth doing? Does art of writing matter? At Vermont College of Fine Arts, for our students and faculty, the answer is always "yes."

Our students tell us that the low-residency MFA in Writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts has transformed them—that in two years they’ve evolved, redefined themselves, discovered the tools they need to face head-on the human experience and transform it into art and to carry on as writers and teachers and humans, awake in the world.

John Abernathy, Nicole Chu, Monica Lee Copeland, and Rigoberto Gonzalez discuss what they love about the MFA in Writing program at VCFA:


Program Faculty

T. Geronimo Johnson

T. Geronimo Johnson

Visiting Faculty, Fiction (Currently on leave, Summer 2018)

Brian Leung

Brian Leung

Faculty, Fiction

Richard Jackson

Richard Jackson

Faculty, Poetry

Visiting Writers

Danielle Evans

Danielle Evans

Visiting Fiction Writer, Summer 2018

Mary Ruefle, photo credit Hannah Ensor

Mary Ruefle

Visiting Poet, Summer 2018

Tarfia Faizullah, Visiting Poet

Tarfia Faizullah

Visiting Poet, Summer 2016