The graduate Creative Writing Program at George Mason University, one of the oldest MFA programs in the country, has earned a national reputation. Here you will learn from a diverse, dedicated faculty whose writing has been honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Whiting Foundation, the Yale Series of Younger Poets, and others, a faculty who publish books and essays in leading venues across the country and the world—sixteen books in the last five years. Our alumni are likewise productive, publishing notable and prizewinning books every year.
Some of the most important things that happen in an MFA program happen outside the classroom. At Mason, faculty share a commitment to teaching, mentoring, and creating an environment that is intellectually, imaginatively and socially rich. You will become part of an extensive and thriving literary community that boasts a student-organized program of readings and potluck dinners with faculty, plus three arts-and-letters journals, a literary small press, and our annual Fall for the Book literary festival and New Leaves Writers Conference. Our Visiting Writers program brings to campus some of the best authors writing in the English language (and outside of it) to work with our students in small workshops. In addition, our students take advantage of Mason’s proximity to Washington, D.C., with its cultural institutions and lively artistic scene.
As writers, our faculty believe that books are the best teachers and that a community of writers provides critical support to a writing career. We are proud to have nurtured writers whose styles vary widely and whose achievements attest to the strengths of our program--and to that of the American literary landscape. We believe that our success depends on our ability to help each writer make the most of his or her individual talent.