MFA in Writing
Read. Write. Be Read.
One of the top low-residency programs in the country, the Bennington Writing Seminars is a two-year, rigorous exploration of craft. You commit as much to reading as to writing and critical literary analysis. You create bold new works of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, and may work in a dual-genre. You finish with a polished thesis and a critical paper. All this with the expert 1:1 guidance of acclaimed authors who develop a stake in your work. Our alumni, faculty, students, and staff publish work at the highest levels.
Models & Mentors
Our faculty-student ratio of 1:1 provides true mentorship. You work closely with a faculty member who is an accomplished writer and a distinguished teacher.
Develop Your Skills
You may focus on one or more genres at Bennington. While most choose to specialize in fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, others work across two genres through our Dual-Genre Degree.
You may apply to begin during either of the 10-day residency sessions in 2023-24: June 2023 (8-18) or January 2024 (4-14). Application deadlines are March 1 to begin in June and September 1 to begin in January.
We are committed to increasing access to our program for students from diverse backgrounds and to building community through sustained dialogue and practice. We offer scholarships, and fund the emerging voices we want to support and read.
Bennington offer a self-directed pace that allows you to develop a sustainable, lifelong writing practice. We know how important it is for MFA students to gain teaching experience so we've developed the Residential Teaching Fellows program—a first-of-its-kind teaching opportunity among low residency MFA programs, among others.
Scholarships, Fellowships, Loans
We offer a range of scholarships and federal financial aid loans. All applicants are considered for merit scholarships. Please contact us with any questions.
Jun 7Now in paperback from @reaktionbooks! EXIST OTHERWISE: The Life and Works of Claude Cahun by Jennifer L Shaw (MFA '… https://t.co/Pr0c59JTNW
Jun 6Congrats to Natalie Mislang Mann MFA '21 (@natmismann)! Her essay, "Too Loud to Sleep," appears in a new anthology,… https://t.co/vO4pFY9kdv
Jun 5RT @AtBennington: The @BennMFA_Writing Summer 2023 Reading series begins June 8, and they are all open to the public virtually! So grab a c…