Attention Aspiring Writers & Poets!

Full funding for Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Rutgers University, beginning Fall semester 2016!

This MFA program will fully fund every admitted full-time student (with a full in-state tuition remission), with an additional annual $15,000 Chancellor’s Stipend.  The RU-Creative Writing Program will begin accepting applications beginning November 1st, 2015 – January 5th, 2016.  Other funds will be available such as financial assistance, teaching assistantship (TA), part-time lectureship (PTL), or a Truman Capote Fellowship – all at the department’s discretion.  The program also includes community outreach participation, as Chancellor MFA Mentors in local Newark high schools.

“By 2017, we will be accepting only 14 extremely talented, fulltime students a year into our two- year program. By fully funding each one, we will continue to recruit top MFA applicants and take the last step to becoming a fully funded, top tier MFA program,” explains program director and novelist Jayne Anne Phillips.  She adds, “This is a further recognition of the excellent faculty, design, community engagement, and accomplished graduates who have made the RU-N MFA program nationally competitive.  With full funding, our aid to students becomes nationally competitive as well.”

The Rutgers MFA Creative Writing Program is rooted in centering its attention on real world experience(s) in order to train and prepare students.  With an offering of 36-credits in fiction or poetry, students may also concentrate in literature, book arts, performance and media studies, or cultural, political, and ethnic studies.  The RU-MFA faculty includes awarded and acclaimed poets and authors, such as Jayne Anne Phillips, Alice Elliott Dark, Tayari Jones, and Akhil Sharma, Brenda Shaughnessy, Rachel Hadas, Rigoberto Gonzalez, and A. Van Jordan, and John Keene.  The Pulitzer Prize finalist, James Goodman, will teach nonfiction workshops each Spring semester.

“Recent MFA graduate accolades include a 2014 National Book Award finalist in poetry, two Stegner Fellows, four Fulbright Fellows, three Granta New Voices , and five inclusions on “Best of 2013″ First Book lists.”

Thank you Professor Lee Ann Brown, for passing along this information!  Please see the attached links for further reading.

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