Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

David Anthony Durham mentors Stonecoast MFA Popular Fiction students

Popular Fiction

Horror poetry? Zombie memoir? Whatever you’re into, we champion writers taking risks. The Stonecoast low residency MFA is designed to give you the freedom and the tools you’ll need to succeed. Whether you’re writing high fantasy or psychological thrillers, Stonecoast MFA will help you achieve your writing goals.

Benefits of Studying Popular Fiction at Stonecoast

  • Work one-on-one with notable writers. Among our best-selling and award-winning faculty are futurists, game writers, screenwriters, crime writers, dystopian world builders, and punk artists. All of them are dedicated to mentoring emerging writers.
  • Learn from different genres Learn the rules of craft, and then break them. Stonecoast encourages you to write across multiple genres. Explore outside of Popular Fiction and propose ideas for new workshops and seminars.
  • Write for inclusivity and social equity. Social justice is core to our ethos and we can’t wait to see how you will reimagine the world we share. Learn new ways of thinking about race, identity, and the environment that will embolden your writing.
  • Be challenged and supported You can expect academic rigor, but also the freedom to customize your curriculum and to work independently on a schedule that fits your life.
  • 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 an explosion of ink"From these warm, coastal waters, we gain the courage to explore the depths. Yes, we learn to write, and we learn to write better. But we also learn how we write, and why we write. The engaging community and dedicated faculty provide a supportive environment in which such questions can be freely explored."

KT Bryski, Popular Fiction (Winter (2016)

Join a Community of Popular Fiction Writers  

Stonecoast MFA students actively propose topics for elective workshops, ensuring that each semester’s Popular Fiction curriculum explores the most current and relevant themes  Recent topics have included:

  • The Life, Work, and Legacy of Octavia E. Butler
  • Grim Tidings: Writing about Violent or Criminal Behavior
  • Becoming a Subcreator: Building Your Secondary World
  • Writing Fairy Tales
  • Whodunnit? How? And Why?: Writing the Murder Mystery
  • Books to Games: The Art of Game Design
  • Other Bodies, Other Worlds: Philip K. Dick and the American Imagination
  • The Fabulous Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Staying with the Trouble: Writing Our Climate Crisis

Browse the archive of seminars and workshops.


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

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