Vermont College of Fine Arts

Vermont College of Fine Arts – MFA in Writing
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About the Program

Program Description

The Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) MFA in Writing Program offers degree tracks in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, as well as a secondary concentration in translation. Established in 1981, the program was one of the first low-residency programs to offer writers the opportunity to earn an MFA degree through study with accomplished authors and teachers without leaving their communities,  families, or jobs. Unlike traditional residential programs, which require you to live elsewhere for two years, ours brings you together with other writers twice each year for intensive 10-day residencies. Because your classmates come from every corner of the United States, the diversity of perspectives, attitudes, and voices is exceptional. After each residency, you return home to complete your semester of self-designed study while working independently under the guidance of a faculty member.

The MFA in Writing Program is housed on the historic Vermont College campus in Montpelier, Vermont. The campus is a five-minute walk from downtown Montpelier, the quaint and architecturally beautiful capital of Vermont.


Editor notes

The MFA Program comprises workshops, daily seminars, lectures, and discussions, as well as readings by faculty, graduating learners and visiting writersfrom all over the country, learners engage in formal and informal exchanges in a supportive writing community. Special workshops are offered intranslation, the novel and other focused topics. Writers who desire a secondary concentration in translation will also be required to complete afifth semester of study. This is an excellent course for those wishing to specialize in literary translation and many other fields involving creativity, such as computer and video games.


Contact Information

MFA in Writing

Vermont College of Fine Arts

36 College St .

Montpelier , VT 05602

Louise H. Crowley

Program Director


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