How to Apply

How to Apply

MFA Fellowships will provide a fifty-percent tuition remission to every incoming student at the Foundry this academic year 2017-2018. Our program will now cost $13,260 in tuition this year ($6,630 per semester). The fellowships are being made available to the Writer’s Foundry thanks to the committed new leadership at St. Joseph’s College. Students who are awarded fellowships this year will continue to have fifty-percent tuition remission next year (2018-2019).

Thanks to the fellowships, we are reopening our application period, and welcome prospective students to apply on or before Friday, December 1. Accepted students will be notified by the end of the calendar year. Spring classes will commence on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Please note that most of our required classes take place on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, with electives offered on other days of the week.
Students may apply with a writing sample (10 pages of poetry or 20 pages of prose), a letter of interest, two recommendation letters and a CV. There is no application fee. Completed applications may be e-mailed directly to [email protected]. Please contact Grace Bonner at [email protected] and Kate Meehan at [email protected] to confirm the receipt of your application and for more information.

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Applicants should possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. Successful waiver of this requirement depends on significant publication and/or an accomplished literary work history, and is granted at the discretion of the vice president for academic affairs.
Admission Requirements:


  • An official copy of transcripts: Include all universities and colleges where grades were earned for undergraduate and graduate work.
  • A 20-page manuscript of prose or 10 pages of poetry. Prose manuscripts may include two or three short stories, a section of a novel or both; memoir, travel writing, personal essay, biography or critical writings.
  • Current resume.
  • 500-word personal statement: Reveal something about yourself that we may not otherwise see from other parts of your application; also state why you wish to pursue graduate study (think of this as another sample of your writing).
  • Letters of recommendation: Two letters written by instructors or colleagues who know your writing and are best able to assess your potential for graduate study.