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Message from the Director

Like other professionals, writers tend to think of their careers in metaphors: the leap, the embrace, the journey. The leap is that moment when you recognize your vocation and commit yourself to it. The embrace is the subtle, perhaps unnoticed threshhold when work becomes your work, the defining expression of your self. And the journey: that's the path you travel to become what you can be.

The Hofstra MFA in Creative Writing is for talented writers of creative non-fiction, fiction, drama, and poetry who are ready to make that leap. Our intimate classes – workshops, craft classes, literature seminars – are designed to enrich and challenge motivated writers as they develop their craft.

At Hofstra, we're committed to making our students' embrace of their profession a deeply satisfying one. Our program has a close-knit student cohort, a distinguished faculty of acclaimed writers – who know your name and are personally dedicated to your growth – and a rich environment with print and online literary magazines, student readings and campus visits and master classes by internationally known writers. The MFA in Creative Writing is part of Hofstra's vibrant English Department, which brings together students and scholars in literary analysis and theory, publishing studies, and other fields, where our MFA students regularly gain experience in mentored instruction environments and teach their own classes. And we offer all of this in a late-afternoon and evening schedule, two or three evenings a week, arranged so that full-time students can finish the program in two years with minimal impact on their daytime commitments.

If you're a talented writer ready to make the leap, ready to embrace your vocation, we hope you'll consider making the Hofstra MFA in Creative Writing part of your professional journey. Study our website, learn about our faculty, students, and curriculum; and please call, write, or email me or a faculty colleague if you have questions. We'd be delighted to hear from you.

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J. Stephen Russell
Professor of English
Director, MFA in Creative Writing

Contact Information
For more information about the MFA in Creative Writing, please contact Professor J. Stephen Russell by phone (516) 463-6284 or via email.


MFA in Creative Writing Teaching Fellowship