Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Students write at Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing for Fiction


Wherever your story is taking you, the Stonecoast low-residency MFA program will help you get there. Hone your narrative strategies, including character, setting, dialogue, point of view, plot, and narrative persona with the help of award-winning Fiction faculty. Share ideas and engage in fruitful dialogue with your peers in other genres.    

Benefits of Studying Fiction at Stonecoast

  • Be challenged and supported. Study classic and contemporary fiction while you write and revise your own work. 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 bringing out the special voice of your fiction 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 Fiction 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 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 fountain pen with black birds flying out of the nib"The workshops and seminars and student presentations offered realizable strategies for creating a piece of fiction that's emotionally resonant to the reader, a desire that led me to Stonecoast in the first place. [....] Truly touching, also, was the generosity of spirit that is evident in everyone associated with the program,"

Mary Kilmon, Fiction (Winter 2018)


Join a Community of Fiction Writers

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

  • The Art of the Novella
  • Writing About Historical Trauma in Fiction
  • Literature of the Resistance: The Short Story
  • Writing Power: Fiction and the Tyrant
  • Other Bodies, Other Worlds: Philip K. Dick and the American Imagination
  • Openings and Closings
  • Writing Suspense
  • Researching Historical Fiction

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.