Creative Writing at SCSU
Southern is home to the only full-residence Master of Fine Arts Program in the state of Connecticut. We also offer a B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing and the opportunity to culminate one’s studies with a creative thesis. Our programs are student-centered with easy access to professors, and our creative-writing faculty is a group of four writers with a combined teaching experience of well over 100 years. These professors aim to help each student develop and hone his or her personal vision and craft.
We also pride ourselves on a sense of community that is fostered by students’ working together, not only in the classroom, but on the undergraduate literary and arts publication, Folio, and on the graduate literary publication, Noctua Review.
In addition to these activities, the Creative Writing Program offers an exciting visiting writers and editors series, which brings to campus a number of nationally recognized fiction writers, poets, and nonfiction writers. Students and the public not only have the opportunity to hear these working writers read from their work, but an opportunity to speak with the writers. There are also ample opportunities for students to publicly read their own work, such as the monthly Folio readings, the annual Noctua Review reading, and the readings for the winners of Southern’s fiction and poetry contests.
Our students are an unusually diverse group, some of whom have returned to school to study writing after establishing careers in other fields or desiring a university that offers more access to professors. Our students also have a solid record of publications and awards.
Southern’s tuition is markedly lower than that of comparable private universities, and non-teaching Graduate Assistantships are offered each year to two incoming M.F.A. students on a competitive basis. Furthermore, our undergraduates have a solid record of going on to prestigious M.F.A. programs, including those at Iowa, Montana, Penn State, Emerson, University of Massachusetts, Bowling Green, Sarah Lawrence, and University of Arizona.
Application Process, Tuition & Financial Aid: Master of Fine Arts in Writing
The application for Fall 2022 entry is available and can be found here: https://apply.slc.edu/apply. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2022.
Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:
- Details of your education history, including schools and dates attended
- A copy of your transcripts
- A copy of your CV
- The names and contact details of two people who can provide a letter of reference
- A personal statement
- Writing samples
- TOEFL results (for international applicants)
You can find detailed guidance on these application requirements below.
Applicants must have received a Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university. Previous college work is expected to be at 3.0 or higher and should reflect advanced course study. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required for admission.
Official transcripts are not required in order to apply to Sarah Lawrence College. However, if an applicant is admitted and accepts the offer of admission, an official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended will be required prior to enrollment in the graduate program.
Unofficial transcripts for application purposes should be submitted to us via a scanned upload in the Academics section of the application. Official transcripts for enrollment purposes can be sent to us via your institution’s electronic transcript delivery or mailed to us from each undergraduate and graduate institution. Our mailing address is as follows:
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY, 10708
If your transcript is from a university where English is not the primary language of instruction, you must provide a translated copy of your transcript from a service such as WES or AACRAO. All grades must be converted to the US 4.0 GPA scale.
Please note: An “unofficial” transcript is a document that has been opened and examined by the student or printed from an institution’s website before being submitted to Sarah Lawrence College. Any transcript that you upload to your application is considered “unofficial.”
An “official” transcript is a document that has been prepared, authenticated, and sealed by the Registrar at your college or university. To be considered official, a transcript must be mailed, unopened, to our office or sent to us electronically directly from the institution.
Your one- to two-page curriculum vitae should accurately reflect your completed educational background and your professional and writing-related experiences to date.
Applicants will be asked to submit the names of two recommenders with their online application. Applicants should ask people who can give an informed opinion of intellectual ability for sustained academic effort.
If an applicant is unable to contact former teachers, we welcome letters from others, such as employers, who can make similar assessments. Preferably, one of those should be from a person in your field of interest.
Note: Please inform your recommenders that they will be receiving an e-mail from Sarah Lawrence College indicating that they have been asked to recommend you, and that the letter may be submitted electronically through a secure site.
Tell us something interesting about yourself and what led you to pursue an MFA at this time (500-1000 words)
- For fiction, creative nonfiction, and speculative fiction applicants, please submit a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 30 pages of writing samples
- For poetry applicants, please submit a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 pages of poetry
We also welcome any additional material that represents your ability to pursue graduate study.
TOEFL Results (for International Applicants)
Individuals whose native language is not English must include official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Information concerning TOEFL may be obtained by writing: TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541. Request that the results are sent to Sarah Lawrence College, ETS code 2810. For more information: www.ets.org/toefl.
For students who have limited access to taking the TOEFL, Sarah Lawrence College will accept the IETLS as an equivalent examination.
A nonrefundable application fee of $60 must be submitted; upon completion of the application, online payment will become available.
Payments may also be made by check or money order to Sarah Lawrence College, and submitted via mail.
Please note: All materials submitted become property of Sarah Lawrence College and cannot be returned. This application and all the materials shall not be disclosed to any person not concerned with the professional development of the student.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Visit the Graduate Financial Aid site for a basic outline of graduate tuition, costs, and financial aid.
For more information, please contact Graduate Admissions, or Roberta Daskin, Associate Director of Financial Aid.