Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Student concentrating in creative nonfiction at Stonecoast MFA

Creative Nonfiction

We are passionate about helping you achieve your writing goals. The Stonecoast low residency MFA is designed to take your creative nonfiction writing to the next level, whether you are exploring memoir, lyric or personal essay, literary journalism, or hybrid and experimental forms.

Benefits of Studying Creative Nonfiction at Stonecoast

  • Be challenged and supported. Expect academic rigor, but also the freedom to customize your curriculum and to work independently on a schedule that fits your life.
  • Work one-on-one with notable writers. Stonecoast faculty are dedicated to mentoring emerging writers and will provide personal feedback and guidance on your work.
  • Learn from different genres Learn the rules of craft and then break them. Stonecoast encourages you to explore outside of Creative Nonfiction (CNF) and write across multiple genres.
  • Write for inclusivity and social equity. Social justice is core to our ethos. Learn new ways of thinking about race, identity, and the environment that will embolden your nonfiction writing.
  • Connect to a community of professional writers. At Stonecoast, you will build meaningful relationships, with faculty, alumni, and your student cohort, that last well into your professional writing life.

    Black and white illustration of a foundatin pen with a multi-branch tree growing from the nib"I found exactly what I was looking for: connection, encouragement, thoughtful critique, and a mass of creative, brilliant writers."

Jenny O'Connell, Creative Nonfiction (Summer 2017)


Join a Community of Creative Nonfiction Writers

Stonecoast MFA students actively propose topics for elective workshops, ensuring that each semester’s CNF curriculum explores the themes most relevant to your cohort. Recent topics have included:

  • The Ethics of Memoir
  • Interviewing Techniques
  • The Compulsion to Tell: Reclaiming Personal Agency in Memoir Writing
  • James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket
  • Staying with the Trouble: Writing Our Climate Crisis
  • Writing Trauma
  • Writing about Race and the Other
  • Literary Journalism

Browse the archive of seminars and workshops.


We would love to tell you more about our Stonecoast MFA community. Contact us with your questions.

Take the Next Step

Learn more about program requirements or apply now.