The Hofstra MFA Program is perhaps the largest single investment of time and resources you will ever make in your writing career. We are committed to making that investment a good one and to working with you individually as well as in small group seminars to make sure you get as much out of our program as possible. Our approach is to allow you the flexibility you need to grow as a writer.
Our program offers concentrations in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and playwriting. But you are welcome to take classes in more than one genre, depending on your interests. We accept approximately a dozen students per year to work closely with an award-winning, nationally recognized faculty. Our mission is to create an intimate atmosphere of mentorship and community that allows you to develop your voice while preparing for the life of the writer. You will meet other graduate students who arrive from as far away as Nigeria and as close as Long Island itself. Be prepared to begin the rigorous, fascinating journey of articulating your imagination.
While at Hofstra our students apprentice themselves to their craft in an environment of artistic exploration. The workshop, which serves as the organizing principle and an ongoing source of development, is complimented by a curriculum of craft seminars and literature courses designed to enrich, challenge, and enlighten. We place a strong emphasis on creating, in close collaboration with our faculty, an individualized course of study suited to each student.
To help students establish a solid foundation for their careers, we demystify the writer’s life: as you work actively with a writing faculty who practice what they teach, you will also be exposed to visiting writers and publishing professionals and have opportunities to gain teaching and editorial experience. Throughout your time at Hofstra you will participate in a curriculum of studies and activities that offer a clear view of what it means to live a literary life—and how to cultivate that life in whatever community you choose to belong.
Nested within an English Department with a strong Publishing Studies concentration, (offered by only a few programs in the US), Hofstra’s MFA Program offers students the essential advantage of providing renowned scholars of literature and longstanding, old-fashioned connections with agents and editors from the New York City publishing world. By the time our students graduate, they understand how the study of literature and the engagement with the larger literary community has expanded their sense of craft and enhanced their careers as writers.
Degree work may be completed in a two- or three-year timeframe. Most of our classes, workshops, and readings are scheduled from 4:30-8:20 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Community is essential for the aspiring writer, and so Mondays at 6:30 p.m. are reserved for events such as installments of our Great Writers, Great Readings series, town halls, open houses, student book groups and readings, publishing forums, social media platform seminars, and dinners with faculty and fellow students.
Hempstead is located just 25 miles from New York City, in close proximity to some of the world’s greatest museums, libraries, theaters, cultural centers, and concert halls. The location of the University allows students to take advantage of the extraordinary vitality of the literary and publishing world – readings and talks galore in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, as well as those taking place at Hofstra – while living and writing in a peaceful bucolic campus.