Carlow's MFA is an excellent program. It's an opportunity to surround yourself with wonderful new friends and mentors that want to help you. Their goal isn't to mold you into the writer that they think you should be; they work to make you the best writer that you want to be." -Patrick Martyn
The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing program is designed with convenience in mind for those who juggle various obligations but aspire to become published writers. Students have the opportunity to refine and explore their writing through concentrations in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction under the guidance of award-winning American and Irish writers. Students and faculty communicate regularly by postal mail and email. The culmination of the students’ experiences at Carlow is the production of a manuscript of publishable quality in their desired concentration.
Carlow’s MFA program, which can be completed in five semesters, provides the convenience of a low-residency program with boundless opportunities in which students work with internationally-renowned writers in the United States and Ireland. Each year, students complete two residencies. In January, students spend 11 days in Pittsburgh, a city known for its world-class teaching and research institutes. In June, students experience the magnificent setting and rich literary tradition of Ireland during an 11-day residency at Trinity College Dublin.The Carlow University MFA in Creative Writing Program offers students an apprenticeship with masters in the field: excellent writers who have stature within the writing community and significant publication credentials, are actively involved in their own art, and are concerned and conscientious teachers.The program tries to avoid the restriction of any one “school” or aesthetic by engaging faculty with a range of experience and scheduling a variety of seminar/course topics each semester. The program is unique for offering residencies in Ireland with the opportunity to study with significant Irish writers.Admission to our MFA in Creative Writing program has rolling admissions (in other words, you can apply at any time of the year)! Also, please follow us on Twitter at @CarlowMFA and like us on Facebook!
Carlow University's MFA Program for Creative Writing is a member of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.