Creative Writing

Creative Writing


The Writer's Foundry M.F.A. in Creative Writing program at the College's Brooklyn Campus stands in Clinton Hill on the border of Fort Greene, two of the most vibrant neighborhoods in all of New York City. We seek to attract writers who dedicate themselves to excellence in all areas of literary life.

For the 2018-2019 year, we’re thrilled to be able to continue offering MFA Fellowships to every accepted student at The Writer’s Foundry. This means that all students accepted in Fall 2018 will have generous fellowships put toward their tuition for the duration of their time at The Writer’s Foundry.

The Writer’s Foundry is an intimate, interdisciplinary program that specializes in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and playwriting. Students work together in workshops, craft classes, symposia and master lectures. Our program takes two years to complete and boasts a flexible schedule with evening offerings tailored towards the working writer.

Our current faculty includes Lee Clay Johnson, winner of the 2017 Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; Grace Bonner, author of Round Lake (Four Way Books) and former Director of the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center; and Leah Nanako Winkler, inaugural winner of the Mark O’Donnell Prize in playwriting. We’re delighted that John Capouya and John H. Richardson will be part of our nonfiction faculty in 2018-2019.

This 2017-2018 academic year, we’re proud to have hosted master lecturers Amy Hempel, Randall Horton, Taylor Plimpton and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo. Our spring semester will include such luminaries as Paul La Farge; Safiya Sinclair; William Wall, winner of the 2017 Drue Heinz Prize; and Fence founder Rebecca Wolff. In fall 2018, Francine Prose and Mary Gaitskill will join us as master lecturers.

Spring 2018 will feature symposium classes, “The Poetry of Landscape” with architect Cathryn Dwyre; “On Poetic Endings” with Nathan McClain, and “The Journey from Research to Narrative” with Joel Whitney, founding editor of Guernica magazine. 

We hope you'll consider applying to our program. The priority application deadline for Fall 2018 is April 15, 2018. You can reach us directly at [email protected]. We look forward to connecting with you.