Established in 1980, the Graduate Creative Writing Program at George Mason University has earned a national reputation. Our resident faculty members have been honored by the Guggenheim Foundation, the Yale Series of Younger Poets, the Lannan Foundation, the Whiting Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. We share a commitment to teaching, mentoring, and creating a rich intellectual, imaginative, and social environment.
We know that some of the most important things that happen in an MFA program happen outside the classroom; by virtue of enrolling in our MFA program, students become members of an extensive and thriving literary community that boasts a student-organized program of readings, potluck dinners with faculty, three journals, Stillhouse Press, and the annual Fall for the Book literary festival. Our Visiting Writers Program brings some of the best authors writing in the English language (and outside of it) to campus in order to work with our students in small Workshop settings, and Washington, D. C. – with its bookstores, cultural institutions and lively artistic scene – is nearby.
As writers, we believe that books are the best teachers. But we also believe that a community such as ours will provide support critical to a fledgling writing career. We are proud to have nurtured writers whose styles vary so widely and whose achievements attest to the strengths of our program. And we continue to believe that our success depends on our ability to help each writer make the most of his or her individual talent.