Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

MFA students select from five creative writing genres


Be the storyteller, poet, world-builder, truthteller, scene-maker, or activist you’ve always wanted to be. Stonecoast offers a wide range of core literary genres, and exciting opportunities to focus on social justice and environmental writing. Study creative writing in all its forms and without boundaries at one of the top creative writing MFA programs in the country.

Choose from Five Creative Writing Genres


Delve into the roots of craft and discover a myriad of contemporary possibilities. Guided by a faculty of notable poets, explore topics such as poetry translation, exploratory poetics, visual art and poetry, spiritual poetry, persona poetry, prose poetry, meter and prosody, slam poetry, performance, and political poetry. Learn more about poetry.

Creative Nonfiction

Take your writing to the next level working closely with award-winning creative non-fiction faculty, dedicated to helping you find your voice. Explore a broad and vibrant curriculum of nonfiction writing, including memoir, personal essay, lyrical essay, autofiction, experimental and hybrid nonfiction, and literary journalism. Learn more about creative nonfiction.


Sharpen your fiction writing skills with an individualized program that will challenge you to read, write, and revise. Watch your unique voice come to life on the page, supported by a world-class faculty of published fiction authors. Study classic and contemporary fiction to learn character development, setting, dialogue, point of view, plot, and narrative persona. Learn more about fiction.

Popular fiction

Craft your writing career focused on what you want to write: fantasy, historical fiction, horror, mystery, romance, science fiction, slipstream, thriller, children’s literature, or young adult fiction. Work with faculty currently publishing, and winning awards, in these sub-genres with an eye toward publishing your short story, novel, or series. Learn more about popular fiction.


Pursue your playwriting and screenwriting in this concentrated program featuring opportunities for staged readings and professional directors and actors to perform your work. Work with faculty whose scripts are widely performed and have attracted national media attention. Write scripts for theater, television, short films, feature films, and other performance mediums. Learn more about scriptwriting.

Break the Rules

Apply in your primary genre, then go beyond traditional perspectives to create an individual learning path and tackle new forms. At Stonecoast, we want you to take risks and help you tailor a unique creative trajectory where essayists learn from poets, novelists learn from scriptwriters, poets learn from science fiction—we all learn from each other.

  • Take ownership of your learning path and initiate new learning opportunities 
  • Experiment outside of your primary genre and play with new forms
  • Overturn assumptions about race, gender, and identity in literature
  • Learn the rules of craft and then break them.

Write for Change

What is the role of the writer? How can your words affect social change? Writing for inclusivity and social equity is core to Stonecoast’s vision. No matter which core genre you pursue, we will challenge you to consider the issues of race, class, gender identity, and environmental justice in your writing. We believe writers can reimagine and reshape the world we share. Join us.


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.