Director: Justin Tussing
Associate Director: Robin Talbot
The Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing is a low-residency graduate program that brings together a faculty of nationally known writers from across the United States. The MFA is a two-year program, alternating intensive ten day residencies with six-month independent writing projects supervised by the faculty mentors. The MFA offers an interdisciplinary curriculum, including creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, scriptwriting,and popular fiction, with opportunities for elective work in areas such as writing about the environment, writing for young adults, dramatic writing, performance poetry, and writing for social justice.
Stonecoast’s low-residency model allows students the flexibility to pursue graduate work without needing to relocate. One-on-one mentorship by working writers is at the foundation of the program.
The cost of the low-residency graduate writing program is $8,000 per semester plus USM’s unified fee. Room and board packages are available for bi-annual residencies. Students who elect to commute to the residencies must pay a commuting fee. The fee structure for this program differs from USM’s standard graduate tuition rates. The MFA does not charge out-of-state tuition. Limited scholarships are available. Tuition is subject to change without notice.
For application instructions, go to usm.maine.edu/apply and follow the Graduate Application Process.
Questions on the admissions process should be directed to the Office of Admissions at (207) 780-4386 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the curriculum or the program, contact the Stonecoast MFA office at (207) 780-5262 or email@example.com.