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New Hampshire Resources for Writers

Here you’ll find a collection of resources for writers in New Hampshire, from conferences to local critique groups to literary magazines. If you’re looking for writing groups near you, writing workshops near you, creative writing classes near you, or simply a place to hang out with writers or submit your work, these are some New Hampshire writing organizations you might want to check out:

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For more than a decade, WriteByNight has helped writers in New Hampshire and beyond achieve their literary goals. And we want you to be next! Claim your free consultation  to learn about WBN’s customizable  one-on-one writers’ services , including:

Book Coaching :  If you’re writing a book and want some help along the way.

Manuscript Critique : If you’ve written a book and want a beta read, critique, or writing workshop.

Editing/Proofreading : If you’ve written a book and want someone to polish it for you.

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Barnstorm Journal 

Barnstorm is an online literary magazine sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of New Hampshire.

Center for the Book

The Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library was established in 2003 to celebrate and promote reading, books, literacy and the literary heritage of New Hampshire, and to highlight the role that reading and libraries play in enriching the lives of the people of the Granite State.

Exeter LitFest

Annual festival in downtown Exeter that offers panel discussions, writing workshops, book launches, children’s programming, and more.

The Frost Place

The Frost Place is a nonprofit educational center for poetry and the arts based at Robert Frost’s old homestead.

Lifelines Magazine

Publishes short stories, nonfiction, poetry and visual art.

MacDowell Colony

The MacDowell Colony nurtures the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment (a rural retreat) in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination.

Monadnock Writers’ Group

A nonprofit writing organization established by a group of local writers in 1984. Through monthly meetings from September through June, they offer fellowship and support to professional and novice writers alike.

Murphy Writing Seminars 

A retreat that offers writing workshops, readings and community.

New Hampshire Writers’ Project

A statewide, membership-based, nonprofit literary arts organization, it serves as a resource for writers, publishers, booksellers, literary agents, educators, librarians and readers in and near New Hampshire.

Poetry Society of New Hampshire

A nonprofit membership organization that promotes poetry through the publication of books, a quarterly magazine, open mics, writing workshops, writing contests and collaborations with artists.

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The New Hampshire Writers’ Project serves as a resource for writers, publishers, booksellers, literary agents, educators, librarians, and readers. Need support from our community of writers?  Contact us.

A full list of our programs and events:

  • Workshops  on a variety of topics, ranging from craft to promotion.
  • Writers’ Night Out , a monthly gathering of writers in regions throughout the state.
  • NHWP Literary Salons , conversations with published authors
  • Three-Minute Fiction Slam is a fast-paced literary competition that challenges writers to perform original pieces of fiction in three minutes or less in front of a panel of judges.
  • 603: The Writers’ Conference  is the largest writing conference in New Hampshire.
  • Hatbox Theatre Readings , where actors read entertaining selections from “works in progress” by three NHWP authors, with audience feedback.
  • UR Writing Podcast , in which three New Hampshire authors (and guests) discuss writing tips, concerns, strategies, and insights.
  • NHWP Great Leads , for NHWP Members only (use your member password to access).
  • The NHWP Critique Partner Match Program for matching NH writers together for peer review.

NHWP Writers’ Night Out (Social)

The first Monday of every month is Writers’ Night Out . Informal gatherings are held around the state where you can meet other writers and discuss what you are working on. Find your closest group here .

NHWP Workshop and Webinar Prices: NHWP members pay $50 for a two hour in-person workshop, $65 for a three hour in-person workshop (usually with a writing exercise), and $20 for an hour long webinar. Non-members pay $70 for a two hour in-person workshop, $85 for a three hour in-person workshop (usually with a writing exercise), and $30 for an hour long webinar.

NHWP Workshop Refund Policy: Refunds (less a 10 percent processing fee) will be provided for cancellations received in writing to [email protected] three days before the event. Following this date, no refunds will be given, but a credit will be issued to use toward another event within one year of the date of cancellation, or you may transfer your registration to another person at no cost. To request a cancellation or to make a change, please send an email to New Hampshire Writers’ project at [email protected] .

NHWP Code of Conduct: Attendees must respect common-sense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for private property and personal space. Harassment of any kind, from intimidation to illegal behavior will not be tolerated. Violation of this policy can result in action ranging from warnings to having your membership revoked without refund to permanent banning. Action by the organization does not preclude the injured individual from pursuing whatever civil or criminal remedies as they see fit. If you feel you are being harassed, please let organizers know. You will be treated with respect, and your concerns will be taken seriously. All names involved will be kept confidential to the extent possible.

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Writing and Creative Writing

All Hampshire students are writers, as courses require substantial writing in many varied forms. Through workshop courses in fiction, literary journalism, and poetry that couple intensive writing with active reading, students practice elementary techniques, receiving detailed critiques from professors and peers. Our students discover and develop their own voices, and learn to read as writers. Our faculty also believe that each student's journey to writing is unique.

Students are encouraged to develop their curiosities, and to discover their own ways of telling stories, all the while paying close attention to others' voices. Our faculty also know the power of art to change lives. Today's dramatically changing world requires writers to be deft, informed thinkers whose vision is broad and clear.

Hampshire's robust writing culture extends across the curriculum, as students are invited to produce voiced, lyrical, vigorous writing in every discipline. Hampshire's committee system facilitates the cross-disciplinary faculty supervision of students exploring unexpected combinations of form and content: plays about mountain top removal, poems about atom bomb testing, novels exploring theoretical linguistics, and histories as narrative.

Student Project Titles

  • The Book of Options: Short Stories about War and Women in Sri Lanka
  • Milk: A Poetry Collection
  • Encountering Israel and the Unknown Through Text and Image
  • Fetus in Fetu: A Poetry Collection Inspired by the Lives of the Bunker Family
  • Exploring the Early Testing of Nuclear Weapons Through Poetry
  • Poems from the Ambulance Bay
  • Stories and a Letter Forged by the Daughter Putting on her Scarf in the Masjid Parking Lot
  • Set the Garden on Fire, Poetry Collection

Sample First-Year Course

  • Plate by Plate: A Poem's Tectonics

In this course, we will practice methods of reading and writing the poem. We will study the poem as a built and living body-structure whose parts (syntax, line, image, syllabics, etc.) work to shape the poem's scape and our experiences of it. This class will be both reading- and writing-intensive, as we will study poems and prose written by poets. Class members will write written responses to readings, and will produce poems based on a series of writing experiments designed to encourage a close consideration of the tectonics of the poem's words, lines, and body. In this class, we will follow the college workshop model (intensive peer critique) to develop and further develop our skills as poetry readers and practitioners. There are no prerequisites for this course, but students should be ready to engage deeply and wholeheartedly with their work and the work of other poets. Among our guides will be: Audre Lorde, Denise Levertov, Camille Paglia, Gwendolyn Brooks, W.H. Auden, William Carlos Williams, Cesar Vallejo, Anna Akhmatova (tr. Kunitz), and Robert Hayden.

Sample Courses at Hampshire

  • Advanced Fiction Workshop
  • Advanced Poetry Workshop
  • The Axe and the Sewing Machine: Re-Membering (as Activism) in the Face of Dismemberment
  • Camelot in Crisis: Writing About the Kennedy Era
  • Feminist Fictions
  • Freedom of Expression
  • The Good Life: Reading and Writing About Pleasures
  • High Spirits: Reading and Writing About Spiritual Experience
  • Introduction to Writing
  • Literary Journalism
  • Mystery and Imagination: Fiction Workshop
  • The Past Recaptured: Photographs, Facts and Fictions, 1890-1910
  • Performance and Poetry
  • Poetry of the "Political Imagination"
  • Style and Sensibility: Strategies for Fiction Writers
  • The Practice of Literary Journalism
  • Who's Telling This Story: Point of View for Fiction Writers
  • Writing World Families: making inclusive fiction
  • Who's Telling This Story
  • Writing About the Outdoors
  • Writing a Child's Voice for Theatre
  • Writing Fiction About Families
  • Writing the Urban Experience
  • Writing World War II

Through the Consortium

  • Creative Writing Fiction (UMass)
  • Creative Writing Poetry (UMass)
  • Expository Writing (UMass)
  • Fiction Writing I and II (AC)
  • Screenwriting (AC)
  • Short Story I (MHC)
  • Writing Across Cultures (MHC)
  • Writing Poetry I and II (AC)

Facilities and Resources

Writing Center Hampshire campus has a  Writing Center  that is open to all students at the college. The center is available to help students with writing skills—from brainstorming to drafting cohesive paragraphs to writing a final paper. Students can use the center for one-time only assistance or on a regular basis. The Writing Center also offers classes and workshops in writing and writing skills.

Creative Writing Program The Creative Writing Program maintains an alcove in Emily Dickinson Hall where students can swap books, post found poems as well as their own writing and announcements, and find the creative writing faculty. The Creative Writing Program hosts writers' coffeehouses at least once per semester, where students and faculty gather informally to talk about and hear each others' work. Visiting Writer in Residence The Visiting Writer in Residence Program brings to campus a working writer who meets with students and presents her work to the community. Past visiting writers have included Grace Paley, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Jennifer Tseng, and Marilyn Nelson.

Student Publications ​ The Hampshire campus has many opportunities for students interested in writing for a larger audience, such as:  The Climax  (a student newspaper),  The Omen  (a student magazine), and  The Reader  (literary/photo magazine). The Pioneer Valley is also home to many media outlets at which Hampshire students have interned, including the local National Public Radio Affiliate, WFCR;  The Advocate , a progressive weekly newspaper with a special interest in the arts;  The Daily Republican , the Springfield newspaper; and  The Hampshire Gazette , a local newspaper based in Northampton. Writing Community In addition, the Hampshire writing community is energized by students themselves, who organize readings and critiques of student work and actively share information about Valley events, contests, and calls for submissions. The Hampshire Slam Collective organizes trips to Boston and weekly open mics, and our nationally recognized slam team actively welcomes the participation of new students. Throughout the year, the Five College consortium hosts a diverse and vibrant literary community. Students can attend readings, signings, and lectures by visiting and resident literary lights, such as Eleni Sikelianos, Patricia MackLachlan, Mart'n Espada, Wally Lamb, Mark Costello, and Aleida Rodriguez. The annual Five College Student Poetry Fest features outstanding poets from each of the schools, and the WORD! Festival offers a particular platform for student-written plays that take up questions of identity and diversity. With the help of our alums, many of whom are professional, well-established writers and literary folk, many students participate in internships at magazines and journals, publishing houses, and literary agencies.

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New England College’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is a truly transformative learning experience for writers. This program delivers a rigorous, individualized program with five dynamic degree tracks: Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Writing for Stage and Screen, and Dual Genre.

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The MFA’s academic model is studio/research: integrating substantial work in the academic study and creative production of literary art. Students are individually mentored by accomplished, award‐winning faculty members who are among the most compelling writers in their genres, and who also are known for their excellence in teaching.

Students also have opportunities for specialized study in areas such as translation, cross‐genre writing/hybrid forms, editing and publishing, new media, and performance.

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Allison Titus has written three books of poems, a novel, and several chapbooks. Her newest book is called HIGH LONESOME . Her honors include poetry fellowships from the NEA, Yaddo, and the Donaldson Writer-in-Residence program at William & Mary, and her work has appeared in A Public Space , Tin House , The Believer Magazine,  and Ninth Letter , among other places. She is co-editor of the forthcoming anthology THE NEW SENT(I)ENCE: Revisioning the Animal in 21st Century Poetry , a collection of writing/manifesto that centers the nonhuman animal’s agency, consciousness, and creaturehood.

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Anaïs Duplan is a trans* poet, curator, and artist. He is the author of a book of essays,  Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture (Black Ocean, 2020); a full-length poetry collection, Take This Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016); and a chapbook, Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus  (Monster House Press, 2017). He has taught poetry at the University of Iowa, Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, and St. Joseph’s College.

His video works have been exhibited by Flux Factory, Daata Editions, the 13th Baltic Triennial in Lithuania, Mathew Gallery, NeueHouse, the Paseo Project, and will be exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles in 2021. As an independent curator, he has facilitated curatorial projects in Chicago; Boston; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Reykjavík, Iceland. He was a 2017–2019 joint Public Programs fellow at the Museum of Modern Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem. In 2016, he founded the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, an artist residency program for artists of color, based at Iowa City’s artist-run organization Public Space One. He works as Program Manager at Recess.

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Andrew Morgan is a professor, poet, editor, and volunteer whose work can be found in magazines such as Conduit ,  Verse ,  Slope ,  Stride ,  Fairy Tale Review , New World Writing ,  Post Road, Pleiades  (as part of a “Younger American Poets” feature)   and is the recipient of a  Slovenian Writer’s Association Fellowship, which sponsored a month-long writing residency in the country’s capital city of Ljubljana. Currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at New England College, his first book, Month of Big Hands , was published by Natural History Press in 2013.

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Anna Qu is a Chinese-American writer. Her debut memoir, Made in China: A Memoir of Love and Labor was published in 2021 by Catapult . Publisher’s Weekly hailed the memoir as “the arrival of a new voice,” and Time has called it a must-read for the summer. Her work has appeared in the  Threepenny Review, Lumina, Kartika, Kweli, and Vol.1 Brooklyn , among others. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and teaches workshops at Catapult and Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop.

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Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities  (BOA Editions, 2017) , which was longlisted for the National Book Award and won the Thom Gunn Award, among other honors. Bloodaxe Books has just released the UK edition. He is also the author of four chapbooks, most recently You MUST Use the Word Smoothie (Sundress Publications, 2019) and GESUNDHEIT!  (with Sam Herschel Wein and out now from Glass Poetry Press). His work appears in many publications, including  Poetry , Poem-a-Day, The Best American Poetry (2015 and 2019), and The Best American Nonrequired Reading (2017). He has received a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from Kundiman and the National Endowment for the Arts. He holds an MFA from Syracuse University and a PhD from Texas Tech University. He teaches at Brandeis University as the Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence and co-runs the journal, Underblong. He lives in Waltham, Massachusetts, with his partner, Jeff Gilbert, and their pug, Mr. Rupert Giles.

Chika Unigwe

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Chika Unigwe was born in Enugu, Nigeria. She was educated at UNN and KUL (Belgium) and earned her PhD from Leiden University, Holland. Widely translated, she has won many awards for her writing. Her books include  The Middle Sister ,  On Black Sisters’ Street,  and  Better Never than Late . She is Creative Director of the Awele Creative Trust, and she was a judge for the Man Booker International Prize in 2016. In 2016–2017, she was Bonderman Professor of Creative Writing at Brown University.

MFA in Creative Writing Faculty

David Ryan is the author of  Animals in Motion: Stories  (Roundabout Press) and  Malcolm Lowry’s  Under the Volcano:  Bookmarked . His fiction appears in the 2022 and 2023 O. Henry Prize anthologies, The 2023 Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize (Spain/UK), Threepenny Review, Fiction, The Georgia Review, Harvard Review, New England Review, Conjunctions, Bellevue Literary Journal, Fence, Kenyon Review, New Letters, Esquire, Tin House, BOMB , and elsewhere. His work has been anthologized in  Flash Fiction Forward  (W. W. Norton),  Boston Noir 2: The Classics  (Akashic), and  The Mississippi Review: 30 Years . His nonfiction appears in  The Paris Review, Tin House, BOMB, Bookforum, The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Fiction  ( Oxford University Press ), and others. A recipient of a MacDowell fellowship and Connecticut State Arts grants, he’s a co-founding editor of  Post Road Magazine , where he currently edits the Fiction and Theatre sections.

Jennifer Militello

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Jennifer Militello is the author of the poetry collection The Pact (Tupelo Press/Shearsman Books, 2021) and the memoir Knock Wood (Dzanc Books, 2019), winner of the Dzanc Nonfiction Prize. She is also the author of four previous collections of poetry, including A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments (Tupelo Press, 2016), called “positively bewitching” by Publishers Weekly  and Body Thesaurus (Tupelo Press, 2013), named one of the best books of 2013 by Best American Poetry . Her poems and nonfiction have appeared in Best American Poetry, Best New Poets, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, POETRY , and Tin House .

Leah Johnson

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Leah Johnson is the author of the young adult novels You Should See Me in a Crown (Scholastic, 2020), recently named a Junior Library Guild selection, and Rise to the Sun (Scholastic, 2021). She received her MFA in fiction at Sarah Lawrence College, where she currently teaches in their undergraduate writing program. Leah is a staff contributing editor at Catapult Magazine and a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow. She resides in Brooklyn, New York, but will always be a Midwesterner at heart.

Paige Ackerson-Kiely

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Paige Ackerson-Kiely is the author of three collections of poetry— In No One’s Land (Ahsahta, 2007); My Love is a Dead Arctic Explorer (Ahsahta, 2012); Dolefully, A Rampart Stands (Penguin, 2019); and other works of poetry and prose. Her poems have appeared in numerous national and international journals, and she’s received grants and fellowships from Poets & Writers , Boomerang, Vermont Arts Council, and others. Paige is especially interested in the prose poem and is currently at work on a collection concerned with middle age and the history of transportation. She lives in New York City and directs the MFA in Writing Program at Sarah Lawrence College.

MFA Faculty Tara Ison

Tara Ison is the author of three novels: A Child out of Alcatraz , The List , and Rockaway ; the essay collection Reeling Through Life: How I Learned to Live, Love, and Die at the Movies ; and the short story collection Ball . Her work has appeared in Tin House, BOMB, The Kenyon Review, Salon, Black Clock, O, the Oprah Magazine, Electric Lit, and several anthologies. She is the recipient of multiple Yaddo fellowships, the PEN Southwest Award for Creative Nonfiction, and two NEA fellowships. She is also the co-writer of the cult classic movie Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead . Ison is a Professor of Creative Writing at Arizona State University.

Andre Dubus III

MFA visiting artist

Andre Dubus III is the author of The Cage Keeper and Other Stories;   Bluesman;  and the New York Times bestsellers, House of Sand and Fog , The Garden of Last Days (soon to be a major motion picture) and his memoir, Townie , a #4 New York Times bestseller and a New York Times “Editors Choice.” His work has been included in The Best American Essays and The Best Spiritual Writing anthologies, and his novel House of Sand and Fog was a finalist for the National Book Award, a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly. His novella collection, Dirty Love , was published in the fall of 2013 and has been listed as a New York Times “Notable Book,” a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a 2013 “Notable Fiction” choice from The Washington Post , and a Kirkus  “Starred Best Book of 2013.” His new novel, Gone So Long , was published in 2018 (W.W. Norton). Mr. Dubus has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for Fiction, two Pushcart Prizes, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His books are published in over 25 languages, and he teaches full-time at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Fontaine, a modern dancer, and their three children.

Carmen Maria Machado

Writer Carmen Maria Machado, 2023 writer-in-residence for NEC's MFA in Creative Writing

Carmen Maria Machado grew up in a household where storytelling was always present and has been writing her whole life. She learned about stories through reading, as well as oral tradition in her family. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Guggenheim Foundation, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the Millay Colony for the Arts.

Carmen is the author of the bestselling memoir In the Dream House;  the graphic novel The Low, Low Woods;  and the award-winning short story collection Her Body and Other Parties . She has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Nonfiction, the Brooklyn Public Library Literature Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. In 2018, the New York Times listed Her Body and Other Parties as a member of “The New Vanguard,” one of “15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century.”

Her essays, fiction, and criticism have appeared in the New Yorker , the New York Times , Granta, Vogue, This American Life, Harper’s Bazaar, Tin House, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, The Believer, Guernica, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best American Nonrequired Reading , and elsewhere. She lives in Philadelphia and is the former Abrams Artist-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jericho Brown

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Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown’s first book, Please (2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best of the year by Library Journal , Coldfront , and the Academy of American Poets. He is also the author of the collection The Tradition (2019), which was a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award and the winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His poems have appeared in BuzzFeed , The Nation, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Time, The Pushcart Prize Anthology , and several volumes of The Best American Poetry anthologies. He is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Creative Writing and the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University in Atlanta.

Ocean Vuong

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Ocean Vuong is the author of The New York Times bestselling novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous , out from Penguin Press (2019) and forthcoming in 30 languages worldwide. A recipient of a 2019 MacArthur “Genius” Grant, he is also the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds , a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Whiting Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. A Ruth Lilly fellow from the Poetry Foundation, his honors include fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, and the Pushcart Prize.

Vuong’s writings have been featured in The Atlantic , Granta , Harpers , The Nation , New Republic , The New Yorker , The New York Times , The Village Voice , and American Poetry Review , which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as a 2016 100 Leading Global Thinker—alongside Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki-Moon, and Angela Merkel—Ocean was also named by BuzzFeed Books as one of “32 Essential Asian American Writers” and has been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” PBS NewsHour, Teen Vogue , Interview , Poets & Writers , and The New Yorker .

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he serves as an Assistant Professor in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at UMass-Amherst.

Vievee Francis

Vievee Francis

Vievee Francis is the author of The Shared World , which is forthcoming from Northwestern University Press; Forest Primeval (TriQuarterly Books, 2015), winner of the 2017 Kingsley Tufts Award; Horse in the Dark (Northwestern University Press, 2012), winner of the Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize; and Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State University Press, 2006). Her work has appeared in numerous print and online journals, textbooks, and anthologies, including Poetry , Best American Poetry 2010 , 2014 , 2017 , 2019 , and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry . She has been a participant in the Cave Canem Workshops, a Poet-in-Residence for the Alice Lloyd Scholars Program at the University of Michigan, and teaches poetry writing in the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop (USA, UK, and Barbados). In 2009 she received a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, and in 2010, a Kresge Fellowship. She is the recipient of the 2021 Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry.

The NEC MFA program looks forward to your application. Though we have year-round rolling admissions, we do have preferred deadlines which allow us to give an application our fullest consideration.

Preferred Deadlines Spring: December 1—Extended to December 15 Summer: March 1

Personal Essay: 1–4 pages Applicants should address their preparation for graduate work as writers and scholars, the vision and goals they have for themselves and their work as writers looking to undertake a graduate degree program, and any other information pertinent to their application process.

Writing Sample: 10–15 pages in poetry; 20–25 pages in prose and Writing for Stage and Screen Applicants should submit a sample of creative work in the genre for which they are applying. Dual genre applicants should submit a sample that contains both genres of interest. Prose should be double-spaced; poetry may be single-spaced.

Two Letters of Recommendation Letters of recommendation should address an applicant’s potential for rigorous creative and critical work at the graduate level.

Official Transcripts Applicants must submit proof that they have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Rare exceptions may be made for individuals who can show a high level of professional achievement.

For additional Admissions questions, please contact our Graduate Admissions Office at [email protected] or 603.428.2252 .

Teaching Assistantships and Scholarships

The NEC MFA offers several merit-and need-based financial assistance packages.

Full Teaching Assistantships Full Teaching Assistantships cover the full cost of tuition. The teaching load for full teaching assistants is four courses per year.

Partial Teaching Assistantships Partial Teaching Assistantships provide partial tuition for students. The teaching load for part-time teaching assistants is one to three classes per year.

The Joel Oppenheimer Scholarship The Joel Oppenheimer scholarship is awarded to an MFA student whose writing sample demonstrates outstanding literary achievement and exceptional promise.

The Joel Oppenheimer Scholarship is awarded in memory of the distinguished Black Mountain poet, Joel Oppenheimer, who taught at New England College from 1982 to 1988. He lived among the poets and artists of Greenwich Village, and was a columnist for The Village Voice from 1969 to 1978 before settling in Henniker, New Hampshire, where he was a popular presence in the local community. His most important publications include Collected Later Poems of Joel Oppenheimer (1997); Names and Local Arbitrations (1988); Drawing from Life: A Selection of Joel Oppenheimer’s “Village Voice” Columns (1997); Don’t Touch the Poet: The Life and Times of Joel Oppenheimer (1998); Just Friends: Friends and Lovers Poems , 1959–1962 (1980); New Spaces Poems 1975–1983 (1985); and Poetry: The Ecology of the Soul (1983).

Pilgrim Plus Scholarship New England College provides NEC alumni with a 25% tuition discount applied to graduate level classes across a wide range of graduate programs.

For additional information and assistance with program tuition and financial aid, you may contact Student Financial Services by phone at 603.428.2226 or by email at [email protected] .

Complete this application if you would like to be considered for a teaching assistantship.

Program Details

Upon graduation from the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, students will be able to:

  • Produce and revise original works of literature through an exploratory process culminating in the completion of a substantial body of high‐quality literary work.
  • Engage in rigorous critical discourse surrounding their own writing and the writing of others while developing an in-depth understanding of the writer’s craft and its use in the writing process.
  • Locate their writing in historical, theoretical, and cultural contexts through an understanding of the movements that influence the writing, reading, and critical reception of literary works.
  • Actively engage in academic, geographic, and cultural literary communities as they contribute to the advancement of the literary arts.
  • Demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and discipline necessary for a successful postgraduate professional life in creative writing.

Tara Betts | Dr. Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit (Trio House Press, 2016), Arc & Hue (Willow Books, 2009),  7 x 7: Kwansabas (Backbone Press, 2015) and The GREATEST!: An Homage to Muhammad Ali (Argus House, 2013).

Catherine Kyle | Catherine Kyle is a writer, teacher, and scholar based in Seattle. She is the author of the poetry book Shelter in Place (Spuyten Duyvil, 2019), along with six shorter collections. She teaches literature and creative writing at DigiPen Institute of Technology.

Melissa Cahnmann-Taylor  | Professor of TESOL and World Language Education in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia, Dr. Cahnmann-Taylor’s honors include a 2017 Richard Ruiz Scholar-Artist Residency Award (Guanajuato, MX), 2015 Beckman Award for Professors Who Inspire, a 2013–2014 Fulbright Award (Oaxaca, Mexico), three NEA Big Read Grants (Jeffers 2015, Poe 2016, Hua 2018), top Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes, a Jewish Currents Prize, first place in Anthropology and Humanism poetry prize, a Leeway Poetry Grant, and several Pushcart Prize nominations.

Cole Phillips | Writer and educator living in coastal Maine and teaching in New Hampshire at Manchester Community College. His work has been featured in New World Writing , Juked , Post Road , Green Mountains Review , and elsewhere and has been longlisted for the Wigleaf Top 50 Very Short Fictions. He was a semi-finalist for the 2021 River Styx Microfiction Contest. He is the author of Standish Blue (Ghost City Press) and is the prose editor for Malasaña .

Kimberly Priest | Kimberly Ann Priest is the author of Slaughter the One Bird (Sundress Publications, 2021), finalist in the American Book Awards, and the chapbooks The Optimist Shelters in Place (Small Harbor Press, 2022),  Parrot Flower (Glass Poetry Press, 2021), Still Life   (PANK, 2020) , and  White Goat Black Sheep (FLP, 2018).

Reverie Konieki | A voice can be singular, yet also belong to all the bodies and experiences it connotes. Language is where we construct the common dream of the human experience yet fail at ultimately allowing one to fully experience the body of another. My artistic aim is to explore these seemingly contradictory aspects of the physical and metaphysical with wonder.

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The MFA Program in Writing at the University of New Hampshire has a clear and abiding focus: to help you shape your gifts and passion for the art, and to prepare you for the opportunities and demands that all writers will experience in a long professional career. Over the years, the graduate writing program has launched the careers of hundreds of poets, novelists, storywriters, essayists and memoirists. This is a small, highly-ranked, and selective program. We emphasize one-on-one contact between a nationally recognized faculty and talented students. Students typically complete the program in two to three years.

We are most proud of the supportive community we have created here, one in which cross-genre exploration is strongly encouraged. Six out of ten of our MFA students receive direct financial aid , with most funding taking the form of teaching assistantships, tuition scholarships, and grant awards. Other opportunities include paid internships in local arts organizations, and editorial positions at our on-line journal Barnstorm .

We also run an exciting visiting writers' series , so that students have a chance to connect with some of the finest contemporary poets, novelists and essayists currently at work. Add to all this the fact that we're located in a stunningly beautiful spot, close to mountains and sea coast, but within an hour of Boston and other cosmopolitan areas. We can't imagine that there is a more energizing and congenial place to pursue your talents and dreams anywhere in the country.

The fiction program centers on your fiction. The one goal of our two years together is to make your fiction stronger, more aesthetically powerful, and yes, more publishable. The small 10-person workshop, intense conferencing with multiple award-winning faculty such as Ann Joslin Williams and Tom Paine, craft seminars that range from "Joyce and Chekhov" to Novellas and Contemporary Short Story Collections", special topics classes on "American Short Fiction by Women" and "Sentence Experiments in Literary Fiction", an esteemed reading series that brings authors such as Dan Chaon and Elissa Schappell to class and campus, our nationally known literary magazine Barnstorm: all of this is here simply to advance your fiction. Maybe it is because we are in the Granite State, but what is notable in our program is not just how hard students work on their own fiction, but how much effort goes into their response to the work of their peers. Writers here care deeply about each other as people, and the production of honest work that captures life on the page.

Our narrative nonfiction program embraces a wide variety of forms, from memoir to travel writing, literary journalism to the personal essay and all of its permutations. Our focus, however, is not on labels but on nurturing your talent and developing your skills with the goal of helping you craft rich, compelling and publishable essays, stories and books. In short, we toil together to make facts dance. In our workshops and seminars we ask our students to read broadly and push themselves beyond their comfort zone, to experiment and exercise an array of literary muscles, to employ the imagery of a poet, the drama of a novelist and the content drive of a journalist. Our classes are small (average size is ten) and students meet frequently with instructors in individual conferences. As practical as the state of New Hampshire, our program emphasizes not only the art of writing narrative nonfiction, but also how to sell it. In one course students will learn how to write a book proposal and in others how to pitch travel stories and personal essays. The UNH nonfiction faculty is diverse in its expertise but united in its passion for reading and writing the literature of fact, and for sharing that passion.

We offer poetry workshops limited to 10 students and small seminars in craft and poetics in a dynamic, individual-oriented system that emphasizes intensive conferencing. Students have the chance to work with master teachers like the award-winning poets Mekeel McBride and David Rivard. We believe in grounding our students in the widest possible range of poetic technique and approach—with seminars offered in areas such as translation, 20th-century poetic movements, and ecstatic poetry—and no preconceived notions as to how anyone should write (other than well!). The poetic tradition of New England—one of the richest and most expansive in the world—serves as a backdrop for all our efforts. This is an area teeming with great poets, with numerous weekly opportunities for students to attend readings and lectures in the art.

Degree Requirements

Students are required to take four workshops in their major genre. In addition, students take one form and theory course in their major genre, five elective courses that may include additional writing courses or courses from the English department's offerings in other fields (such as literature, linguistics, or composition studies), and 8 credit hours of the M.F.A. thesis ( ENGL 899 Master of Fine Arts in Writing Thesis ). Teaching assistants are required to take ENGL 910 Practicum in Teaching College Composition as one of their electives. There is no foreign language requirement.

May be repeated.

ENGL 910 Practicum in Teaching College Composition  is reserved for graduate teaching assistants.

The M.F.A. thesis is a book-length, publishable manuscript. For fiction writers, the thesis could be a collection of short stories, a story cycle (linked stories), or a novel. For nonfiction writers, the thesis could be a collection of themed essays and/or magazine articles or a book of creative nonfiction. For poets, the thesis would be a book-­length collection of poems. The minimum length of the thesis is 150 pages for fiction and nonfiction writers and 45 pages for poets. Students will work closely with a thesis adviser as they write and pass an oral defense of the thesis, a defense conducted by a three-­member thesis committee of writing faculty. Students will also conduct a public reading of their thesis in an event organized by the writing faculty.

In addition, the M.F.A. program offers students opportunities to publish in an online journal called Barnstorm , as well as intern at arts/cultural organizations and the university research department, as well as teach in community schools. A select number of students are chosen to teach UNH undergraduate writing courses and to work in the University's Writing Center.

The program admits an average of 15 new students a year, which creates a writing community of 45 student writers.

  • Have a firm grasp of all the elements of craft whether fiction, poetry or nonfiction, including narrative structure, imagery, dramatic tension, efficient dialogue, and believable character.
  • Demonstrate expertise in the stylistic functions of language, including the use of simile and metaphor, unique language as opposed to clichés, resonating images or details, using all points of view, whether first, third or omniscient.
  • Understand the role of research and external content to provide context, layers, and credibility.
  • Be able to significantly revise work.
  • Have experience reading out loud and presenting to an audience.
  • Be able to flourish in the workplace for jobs in publishing, editing, communication, public relations, television, screenwriting, social media, news, advertising or any job where a writer is needed.

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Writing (M.F.A.)

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Why get a Master of Fine Arts in writing?

Do you want to shape your gifts and passion for writing? Work one-on-one with nationally recognized faculty? Get the support of a talented community of peers? Focus on fiction, narrative nonfiction or poetry in our graduate M.F.A. program, which has launched the careers of hundreds of poets, novelists, storywriters, essayists and memoirists. What is notable is not just how hard students work on their own creative writing, but how much effort goes into their response to the work of their peers. Writers here care deeply about each other, and the production of honest work that captures life on the page.

Why choose UNH for your writing degree?

The M.F.A. writing program at UNH is small, highly-ranked and selective. We emphasize one-on-one contact between a nationally recognized faculty and talented students. Many exciting opportunities are available, including a visiting writers’ series, where you’ll have the chance to connect with some of the finest contemporary poets, novelists and essayists currently at work. You can take advantage of paid internships in local arts organizations, editorial positions at our online journal Barnstorm, teaching assistantships, tuition scholarships and grant awards. Our students typically complete the program in two to three years.

Potential career areas

  • Fiction writing 
  • Journalism 
  • Literary agencies
  • Public relations 
  • Publishing 
  • Screenwriting

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Curriculum & Requirements

Program description.

The MFA Program in Writing at the University of New Hampshire has a clear and abiding focus: to help you shape your gifts and passion for the art, and to prepare you for the opportunities and demands that all writers will experience in a long professional career. Over the years, the graduate writing program has launched the careers of hundreds of poets, novelists, storywriters, essayists and memoirists. This is a small, highly-ranked, and selective program. We emphasize one-on-one contact between a nationally recognized faculty and talented students. Students typically complete the program in two to three years.

We are most proud of the supportive community we have created here, one in which cross-genre exploration is strongly encouraged. Six out of ten of our MFA students receive direct financial aid , with most funding taking the form of teaching assistantships, tuition scholarships, and grant awards. Other opportunities include paid internships in local arts organizations, and editorial positions at our on-line journal Barnstorm .

We also run an exciting visiting writers' series , so that students have a chance to connect with some of the finest contemporary poets, novelists and essayists currently at work. Add to all this the fact that we're located in a stunningly beautiful spot, close to mountains and sea coast, but within an hour of Boston and other cosmopolitan areas. We can't imagine that there is a more energizing and congenial place to pursue your talents and dreams anywhere in the country.

The fiction program centers on your fiction. The one goal of our two years together is to make your fiction stronger, more aesthetically powerful, and yes, more publishable. The small 10-person workshop, intense conferencing with multiple award-winning faculty such as Ann Joslin Williams and Tom Paine, craft seminars that range from "Joyce and Chekhov" to Novellas and Contemporary Short Story Collections", special topics classes on "American Short Fiction by Women" and "Sentence Experiments in Literary Fiction", an esteemed reading series that brings authors such as Dan Chaon and Elissa Schappell to class and campus, our nationally known literary magazine Barnstorm: all of this is here simply to advance your fiction. Maybe it is because we are in the Granite State, but what is notable in our program is not just how hard students work on their own fiction, but how much effort goes into their response to the work of their peers. Writers here care deeply about each other as people, and the production of honest work that captures life on the page.

Our narrative nonfiction program embraces a wide variety of forms, from memoir to travel writing, literary journalism to the personal essay and all of its permutations. Our focus, however, is not on labels but on nurturing your talent and developing your skills with the goal of helping you craft rich, compelling and publishable essays, stories and books. In short, we toil together to make facts dance. In our workshops and seminars we ask our students to read broadly and push themselves beyond their comfort zone, to experiment and exercise an array of literary muscles, to employ the imagery of a poet, the drama of a novelist and the content drive of a journalist. Our classes are small (average size is ten) and students meet frequently with instructors in individual conferences. As practical as the state of New Hampshire, our program emphasizes not only the art of writing narrative nonfiction, but also how to sell it. In one course students will learn how to write a book proposal and in others how to pitch travel stories and personal essays. The UNH nonfiction faculty is diverse in its expertise but united in its passion for reading and writing the literature of fact, and for sharing that passion.

We offer poetry workshops limited to 10 students and small seminars in craft and poetics in a dynamic, individual-oriented system that emphasizes intensive conferencing. Students have the chance to work with master teachers like the award-winning poets Mekeel McBride and David Rivard. We believe in grounding our students in the widest possible range of poetic technique and approach—with seminars offered in areas such as translation, 20th-century poetic movements, and ecstatic poetry—and no preconceived notions as to how anyone should write (other than well!). The poetic tradition of New England—one of the richest and most expansive in the world—serves as a backdrop for all our efforts. This is an area teeming with great poets, with numerous weekly opportunities for students to attend readings and lectures in the art.

Requirements for the Program

Degree requirements.

Students are required to take four workshops in their major genre. In addition, students take one form and theory course in their major genre, five elective courses that may include additional writing courses or courses from the English department's offerings in other fields (such as literature, linguistics, or composition studies), and 8 credit hours of the M.F.A. thesis ( ENGL 899 Master of Fine Arts in Writing Thesis ). Teaching assistants are required to take ENGL 910 Practicum in Teaching College Composition as one of their electives. There is no foreign language requirement.

May be repeated.

ENGL 910 Practicum in Teaching College Composition  is reserved for graduate teaching assistants.

The M.F.A. thesis is a book-length, publishable manuscript. For fiction writers, the thesis could be a collection of short stories, a story cycle (linked stories), or a novel. For nonfiction writers, the thesis could be a collection of themed essays and/or magazine articles or a book of creative nonfiction. For poets, the thesis would be a book-­length collection of poems. The minimum length of the thesis is 150 pages for fiction and nonfiction writers and 45 pages for poets. Students will work closely with a thesis adviser as they write and pass an oral defense of the thesis, a defense conducted by a three-­member thesis committee of writing faculty. Students will also conduct a public reading of their thesis in an event organized by the writing faculty.

In addition, the M.F.A. program offers students opportunities to publish in an online journal called Barnstorm , as well as intern at arts/cultural organizations and the university research department, as well as teach in community schools. A select number of students are chosen to teach UNH undergraduate writing courses and to work in the University's Writing Center.

The program admits an average of 15 new students a year, which creates a writing community of 45 student writers.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Have a firm grasp of all the elements of craft whether fiction, poetry or nonfiction, including narrative structure, imagery, dramatic tension, efficient dialogue, and believable character.
  • Demonstrate expertise in the stylistic functions of language, including the use of simile and metaphor, unique language as opposed to clichés, resonating images or details, using all points of view, whether first, third or omniscient.
  • Understand the role of research and external content to provide context, layers, and credibility.
  • Be able to significantly revise work.
  • Have experience reading out loud and presenting to an audience.
  • Be able to flourish in the workplace for jobs in publishing, editing, communication, public relations, television, screenwriting, social media, news, advertising or any job where a writer is needed.

Application Requirements & Deadlines

Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall : Jan. 15
  • Spring : N/A
  • Summer : N/A
  • Special : N/A

Application fee : $65

Campus : Durham

New England Regional : RI VT

Accelerated Masters Eligible : No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence Form . This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Transcripts

If you attended UNH or Granite State College (GSC) after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester, UNH Non-Degree work and GSC. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must upload a copy (PDF) of your transcript in the application form. International transcripts must be translated into English.

If admitted , you must then request an official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts : Please have your institution send the transcript directly to [email protected] . Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts : Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Transcripts from all previous post-secondary institutions must be submitted and applicants must disclose any previous academic or disciplinary sanctions that resulted in their temporary or permanent separation from a previous post-secondary institution. If it is found that previous academic or disciplinary separations were not disclosed, applicants may face denial and admitted students may face dismissal from their academic program.

Letters of recommendation: 3 required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  • Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives.
  • Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Additional Department Requirements

Fiction: Please submit at least two separate pieces, i.e. two short stories, part of a novel or novella and a short story. Non-Fiction: At least two separate non-fiction pieces, i.e. feature articles, essays, or newspaper stories. Poetry: Ten to fifteen poems

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program-specific application questions.

International Applicants

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

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Students in the MFA program are invited to become involved in the production of the UNH online literary journal, Barnstorm . Barnstorm was founded by MFA graduate students and continues to be entirely student run under faculty advisor Tom Payne. The position of Editor-in-Chief pays a stipend of $3,500 per year.

While we do not adhere to a particular style or manifesto, Barnstorm strives to publish the best poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Previous contributors include both renowned and emerging writers. Barnstorm also publishes weekly literary columns from our staff via our blog. To learn more about Barnstorm and its publications, visit our website at barnstormjournal.org.

Internships & Opportunities

The portsmouth music hall internship.

A paid, year-long internship at one of New England’s premier arts organizations—The Music Hall’s two literary series,  Writers on a New England Stage  and  Writers in the Loft,  employ an MFA student to assist in marketing and production.  This is a great opportunity for a literary- and marketing-minded student with sharp writing and interpersonal skills to further develop their skills and resume while working with the Music Hall’s award-winning professionals. The PMH intern engages in a wide range of marketing and event activities, from press release writing and blogging about authors to distributing collateral including posters, as well as researching specialty markets and occasionally going out to pick up a sandwich for the author on an event night. The position pays $4,000 for the year, and is funded through the generosity of an anonymous UNH alumnus.

Visit the Writers on a New England Stage website .

UNH student in front of Music Hall

Research Development and Communications Internships

The  UNH Office of Research Development and Communications  offers a number of internships to graduate English students each year. Interns work an average of at least 10 hours per week over the course of the year (a minimum of 500 hours for the entire year), including the summer. The yearly salary is approximately $6000. Intern responsibilities include reviewing and editing grant proposals to federal funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, writing communications pieces on behalf of the Research Office, and working with graduate students applying for federal funding. Interested candidates should possess excellent writing/editorial skills. Professional experience as a writer/editor is a plus. The positions are open to both current and incoming students, and applications are accepted in late April/early May. Because this position is funded with Work Study funds, you must have filed a FAFSA form in order to apply. Students holding Teaching Assistantships may not apply for this position.

Read Free or Die

Read Free or Die  is a monthly reading series created and hosted by the students of UNH's MFA program to showcase writing from across the genres.  Traditionally held once a month in the upstairs of The Press Room in historic downtown Portsmouth, NH, the series provides an intimate space and the opportunity for MFA students to share both voice and craft.  Each reading features two poets, two fiction writers, and two non-fiction writers.   Read Free or Die is a free event.  For more information visit the  Facebook page  for the series.

MFA Student Successes

December, 2023: Nico Bailey (MFA '22)  published their debut story "Pas De Deux" in the Kelsey Review, and it has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  Congratulations, Nico!

April, 2022:  Austin Bolton's  (MFA '22) short story, "If Ever You Should Leave," is getting published by the literary magazine Change Seven at the start of July.  Congratulations, Austin!

October, 2021:  Christina Keim  (MFA '20) has co-authored a book with Sally Benton.   The Athletic Equestrian: Over 30 Exercises for Good Hands, Power Legs, and Superior Seat Awareness   is set to be released in January, 2022 by Trafalgar Square Books.   https://www.horseandriderbooks.com/store/the-athletic-equestrian.html

September, 2021: Our first student to earn her MFA,  Midge Goldberg  (MFA '06), has just had her third book of poems published by Kelsay Books.   To Be Opened After My Death  is available at Amazon  https://www.amazon.com/Be-Opened-After-My-Death/dp/195435391X/ref=sr_1_3

September, 2021:  Samantha DeFlitch's (MFA '18) second manuscript was named a finalist in the National Poetry Series.  The news release is at  https://nationalpoetryseries.org/congratulations-to-the-winners-of-the-2021-national-poetry-series/ .  

February, 2021:  Samantha DeFlitch's (MFA '18) first full-length book of poetry has been published! Confluence is available for pre-order at http://broadstonebooks.com/Samantha_DeFlitch.html Congratulations, Sam!

November, 2020: Bill Price  (MFA '21) has had four pieces published since joining the MFA program.  Congratulations, Bill!

“The Ferryman’s Coin.” Showbear Family Circus,  Nov. 2020 “Nature’s Glory.” Ripples in Space,  Aug. 2020 “The Knocking.” Beyond Words,  May 2020 “I, Leave.” National Veterans Creative Arts Festival,  Nov. 2019

November, 2020: Paulna Valbrun  (MFA '20) had two pieces published.   “Afrodite” and “Church for Sinner’s.” The latter essay was published by a popular literary magazine in Kenya! https://www.midnightandindigo.com/afrodite/ https://jaladaafrica.org/2020/12/04/church-for-sinners-by-paulna-valbrun/

March, 2020: Morgan Plessner's (MFA '19) manuscript is to be published on March 24th, 2020!  Body of the Moon is available at  https://www.amazon.com/Body-Moon-Morgan-Leigh-Plessner/dp/B0863TKRQT . Congratulations, Morgan!

February, 2020: Joshua Foreman (MFA '17) and his writing partner Ryan Starrett started working with the History Press while he pursued his MFA at UNH. They have published three narrative history books ( https://foremanstarrett.com/books/ ) with them.  The most recent publication - Hidden History of New Orleans - in Feb. 2020. Josh also began teaching in the Communication Department at Mississippi State University in August. 

January, 2020: Danley Romero (MFA '21) had his short story, "Fin, or A Thing Like Music" published in the Massachusetts Review's 60th anniversary issue and it was nominated for a Pushcart Prize!  Congratulations, Danley!

November, 2019: Heidi Turner's (MFA '21) first book was published by Heritage Future and won the 2019 Great Story Project.   The Sacred Art of Trespassing Barefoot   is available for purchase at  https://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Trespassing-Barefoot-Great-Project/dp/1732856419 .  Congratulations, Heidi!

October, 2019: Congratulations to  Tyler Paterson  (MFA '20)!  The publishing  company Retreat West out of London officially nominated his short story "Seedlings" for the Pushcart Prize.

August, 2019: Jason Tandon's  (MFA '07) new book of poetry was published by Black Lawrence Press.  "The Actual World" is available now.  Jason currently teaches in the Writing Program at Boston University.   https://www.blacklawrence.com/the-actual-world/  |  https://jasontandon.com/

February, 2017: Kaely Horton's (MFA '18) short story "Canvassing" will be published in May's edition of RipRap.  Kaely also wrote an article on teaching which is the first runner-up for the Donald Murray Prize and is getting published in the spring issue of Writing on the Edge with commentary from Peter Elbow.

May, 2017: Congratulations to Ben Ludwig (MFA 2017) on the publication of his novel Ginny Moon , Park Row Books, May 2017! 

May, 2017: Brian Evans-Jones , Poetry MFA 2016, has won the poetry section of the 2017 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award from Poets & Writers.

May, 2017: Alix McManus's (MFA Fiction) short story "Rosemary and the Red Pens" was recently published in Gravel Magazine.  Congratulations, Alix!

April, 2017: Rose Whitmore , Fiction MFA 2013, won a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, 2017. 

February, 2017: Amy Sauber (MFA '14) wins Pen/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for her story "State Facts of the New Age".  Information about the prize can be found at https://pen.org/2017-penrobert-j-dau-short-story-prize-emerging-writers/  Congratulations, Amy!

November, 2016: Brittany Smith's story 'The Fruit Grove Girl' gets published in The Bangalore Review.  The story can be read at http://bangalorereview.com/2016/11/fruit-grove-girl/  Congratulations, Brittany!

September, 2016: Amy Sauber's (MFA '14) story 'State Facts for the New Age' gets published in The Rumpus.  Congratulations, Amy!  The story can be found at http://therumpus.net/2016/09/rumpus-original-fiction-state-facts-for-th…  

April, 2016: Midge Goldberg (MFA '06) recently published a book of poetry, Snowman's Code, which won the Richard Wilbur Poetry Award. Midge was our very first MFA student to earn her degree!  The book was published by University of Evansville Press and can be found on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Snowmans-Code-Midge-Goldberg/dp/0930982754/ref=sr…

February 2016: Benjamin Ludwig's FOREVER GIRL, pitched as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime meets Room, told from the perspective of an adopted autistic teenage girl who's plotting to get herself kidnapped by her birth mother, pre-empted by Liz Stein on an exclusive 3-day submission, in a major deal (WE) by Jeff Kleinman at Folio Literary Management; translation rights with Molly Jaffa at Folio Literary Management. 

September, 2015: Congratulations to UNH's very first student to earn her MFA in Writing almost 10 years ago!   Midge Goldberg recently published a children's book, My Best Ever Grandpa , with Azro Press of N.M. The book was illustrated by Valori Herzlich. Here's s a link to the publisher's announcement page: http://www.azropress.com . 

May, 2015: Much congrats to Sonia Scherr , MFA ’13, who has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship! Scherr, who was an alternate in the competition last year, will conduct research in Morocco in order to write a historically informed Young Adult novel about the relationship between Jewish and Muslim Moroccans during the Holocaust.

January, 2015: Benjamin Ludwig's book, titled "Sourdough" won the Clay Reynolds Novella Prize from Texas Review Press.  The book is for sale on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Sourdough-Benjamin-Ludwig/dp/1680030140/ref=sr_1_1 ...  Congratulations, Benjamin!

November, 2014: Congratulations to Caro Clark (MFA '13) who recently received a McDowell Fellowship for the spring!

September, 2014: Congratulations to Bryan Parys (MFA '10) for landing a job as an editor/writer at Berklee College of Music in the department of digital strategy and communications. Bryan also recently signed a contract to publish his thesis with Cascade Books.  More details to come!

August, 2014: Craig Brown (MFA '11) published an article in Dispatch Magazine called "Cruising the Coast: Three Days Sailing on the Victory Chimes , America's Windjammer".  A scan of the article can be found at /sites/cola.unh.edu/files/media/Dispatch_-_Cruising_the_Coast.pdf.

August, 2014: Rose Whitmore (MFA '13) recently had an essay published in The Sun, and was awarded a work-study scholarship in non-fiction to the Bread Loaf Writer's conference. 

July, 2014: Congratulations to Caro Clark (MFA '13) who's Glimmer Train story won first place in the new writer's contest!  First place won $1500 and publication in issue #94.  The announcement of the winners can be found at http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/glimmertrain/May2014SSA-Winners.pdf

July, 2014: Maria Chelko's (MFA '10) poems have appeared in these journals: The Ampersand Review, Anti-, Birdfeast, The Freeman, Revolver, Sixth Finch, and Washington Square Review. She was also awarded a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference this summer. 

July, 2014: Congratulations to Nathan Webster (MFA '09) who was hired as a full time lecturerer for the English department at UNH!  Nate has published the following: 

  • Daily Beast, Jan. 11. "How the War Comes Home.”
  • The Rumpus, July 4. "Bedrooms of the Fallen." http://therumpus.net/2014/07/bedrooms-of-the-fallen-by-ashley-gilbertso…
  • Wrath Bearing Tree, July 10. "Foreshadows from Iraq." http://wrathbearingtree.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/foreshadowing-in-iraq-…

July, 2014: Erin Somers' (MFA '13) story, "Astronauts in Love" was published by One Teen Story this month. Link: http://www.oneteenstory.com

June, 2014: Congratulations to Karina Borowicz (MFA '09) for winning the Codhill Poetry Award for her book of poetry titled Proof .  It was also a finalist for the National Poetry Series!  The press release can be found at http://www.sunypress.edu/p-6030-proof.aspx .  The Amazon link is at http://www.amazon.com/Proof-Karina-Borowicz/dp/1930337752/ref=sr_1_1?ie…

June, 2014: William Stratton (MFA '12) published his first collection of poems titled Under the Water Was Stone.   http://wintergoosepublishing.com/now-available-under-the-water-was-ston…

 April, 2014: Great news from Sarah Stickney (MFA '10) that the book she co-translated with Diana Thow and Eugene Ostashevsky, The Guest in The Wood by Italian poet Elisa Biagini just Won the Best Translated Book Award for 2014. Congratulazioni, Sarah! http://www.rochester.edu/College/translation/threepercent/index.php?id=…

April, 2014: Caro Clark (MFA '13) won the Luso-American fiction scholarship to attend the Disquiet International writing conference in Lisbon this summer. You can read about the conference here: http://disquietinternational.org . The scholarship pays for transportation to and from Portugal and all fees associated with the two-week program.  Caro will have the chance to work with Denis Johnson, Josip Novakovich, Padgett Powell, and others while there. And in further good news: Glimmer Train also picked up one of her stories stories recently. 

March, 2014: Emily Bradley , who received her MFA in creative nonfiction from UNH in 2012, published an essay in the March/April issue of Yankee Magazine. The illustrated feature, titled “When My Father Calls,” tells of her father’s relationship with a chipmunk in the years after her mother died while revealing the ways we reconfigure our lives in the wake of grief.   http://www.yankeemagazine.com/

November, 2013: Jason Tandon '07 has published his third book of poems, Quality of Life, with Black Lawrence Press.  Here's the link to his publishers announcement page: http://www.blacklawrence.com/quality-of-life/

October, 2013: Jennie Latson '13 signed a contract with Simon & Schuster for her book The Boy Who Loved Too Much.  This tale of a boy with Williams Syndrome, the so-called "friendliness disorder," and his mother was her MFA thesis project. For over two years she immersed herself in the lives of the two, traveling with them to Michigan for a summer camp, spending weekends with them in their Connecticut home, monitoring how this child who knows no skepticism, loves everyone, navigates a world that requires caution. The book will be published in early 2015.

September, 2013: Rose Whitmore '13 (fiction) has won the William Peden Prize from The Missouri Review for her short story "The Queen of Pacific Tides." Learn more.

September, 2013: Jeremy Parker , a new MFA student this year, was a semi-finalist in the 2013 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest run by Carve Magazine . Out of over 1,000 submissions, the editors chose 5 winners, 5 honorable mentions, and 23 semi-finalists.

July, 2013: Laurin Becker Macios , MFA poetry alum, is the Program Director for Mass Poetry, an organization supporting poets and poetry in Massachusetts. Her poems have recently been published in 34th Parallel, Pif, and Five2One Magazine. In Sept. 2013 she will be spending two weeks at the Martha's Vineyard Writer's Residency in Edgartown.

July, 2013: Alan Schulte , MFA nonfiction alum, was hired for a permanent, tenure track position at Franklin Pierce University as Assistant Professor of Composition and Director of the Wensberg Writing Center. He is also the Faculty Adviser of Nevermore, the University's Literary Journal.

July 2013: Maria Chelko , MFA poetry alum, just won a 2013 PSA New York Chapbook Fellowship for her manuscript, Manhattations. Mary Ruefle selected it.  Here's a link to the announcement: http://www.poetrysociety.org/psa/awards/chapbook_fellowship/

June 2013: Congrats to recent grad Erin Somers , who is featured in "Writing Lessons" on the Ploughshares blog. "Writing Lessons" features essays by writing students about lessons learned, epiphanies about craft, and the challenges of studying writing. You can view Erin's post here: http://blog.pshares.org/index.php/writing-lessons-erin-somers/ .

March 2013: Congratulations to David Bersell , who has been awarded the much coveted nonfiction scholarship to the Tin House Writer's Workshop this summer. David will spend the week working with Cheryl Strayed, author of the memoir Wild and the Rumpus column Dear Sugar. Quite the coup for David and well deserved.

January 2013: Emily Robbins Bradley , MFA nonfiction alum, was hired at the New Hampshire Institute of Art as their "Instruction and Reference Specialist" in their college library.  She also teaches  composition there.  She had a short essay featured on the video series "In Place" which is part of the larger online journal "Extracts: Daily Dose of Lit."

January, 2013: Kristina Reardon , MFA fiction alum, was awarded the 2012 Aetna Works-in-Progress Grant for a short story collection, awarded by the UConn Department of English.  She was also awarded the 2012 Tinker Foundation Pre-Dissertation grant to translate fiction in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Her translations of the short story "The Surprise" by Lili Potpara (from the Slovenian) & "The Vision" by Carmen Boullosa (from the Spanish) are published in World Literature Today (September 2012).  She also has an essay on literary translation published on WLT's "Translation Tuesday" blog.  

January, 2013: Dustin Martin , MFA fiction alum, was hired as a staff assistant to the Donor Relations team for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.

January, 2013: Sarah Stickney , MFA poetry alum, has publications in Rhino, and Portland Review.  In October she acted as a simultaneous French interpreter for the Megaflorestais international forestry conference.  She was recently hired as a tenure-track professor at St. John's College in Annapolis.

January, 2013: Alan Schulte , MFA nonfiction alum, landed a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Composition and Director of the Wensberg Writing Center at Franklin Pierce University. He has also been assigned as Faculty Adviser of Nevermore, the University's Literary Journal.

January, 2013: Edward Manzi, MFA poetry alum, had poems published in Brush Fire, Paper Nautilus , and The Bakery .  He also had a poem nominated for the Pushcart Award.

November, 2012: Jennifer Latson , a 3rd-year MFA in nonfiction candidate, has a BIG story in the Nov/Dec issue of Yankee magazine. The subject: Tuttle's farm in Dover, told from Lucy Tuttle's point of view. The story began in an essay writing workshop, was revised in Sue Hertz's people and place workshop last spring and sent to Yankee in the summer. They loved it!

August, 2012: Tim Horvath , MFA alum, landed a full-time teaching gig at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. He also just published his latest, a collection of short fiction called Understories .

June, 2012: Rose Whitmore , a fiction MFA who will graduate in May '13, has THREE success stories! Her short story "The Queen of Pacific Tides" will be published in the summer issue of The Missouri Review and her essay "The Lost Coast" will appear in Fourth Genre. Rose has also been accepted to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference this summer. Nonfiction MFA Jennifer Duffy has also been accepted to Bread Loaf.

June, 2012: Jennifer Latson , a nonfiction MFA who will graduate in May '13, will publish "Blood Ties to the Land," a nonfiction narrative about Tuttle's Farm in Dover told through 67-year-old Lucy Tuttle's point of view, in the December issue of Yankee Magazine .

June, 2012: Alan Schulte , a nonfiction MFA who graduated in December '11, has published his essay "The Point of Failure" in the online journal Junklit .

April, 2011: Ryan Flaherty , MFA '10, has published a new book of poetry, What's This, Bombardier? He also has a poem featured on BOMBlog Word Choice .

February, 2011: Kristina Reardon's (MFA Dec. 2010) essay White Goddess Ghosts will be published in the Montreal Review . Kristina wrote the piece for her UNH travel writing class last summer in Cambridge, England.

February, 2011: Bryan Parys (MFA ’10) won a Fair Trade essay contest , which awarded him $2,000 in fair trade goods. He was also named a contributing scholar for a new online publication called State of Formation . Most recently his article “Superman of the House” was published by the Gooden Men Project Magazine .

November, 2010: Ryan Flaherty , MFA ’10, has three poems in POOL : http://www.poolpoetry.com/ , had a poem featured on Verse Daily : http://www.versedaily.org/2010/conditionals.shtml and an essay published in Columbia : http://columbiajournal.org .

November, 2010: The World after Czeslaw Milosz , a chapbook by Maria Chelko , MFA ’10, won the 2010 Dream Horse Press National Chapbook Contest. Dream Horse Press will publish the book in the Spring/Summer of 2011.

May, 2010: Marla Cinilia was awarded a Bread Loaf Writers Conference scholarship based on the merit shown in her fiction. Only 12 spots are available for the conference, chosen from a pool of hundreds nation-wide.

May, 2010: Kristina Reardon and Sarah Stickney have received prestigious Fulbright Scholarships that will provide them support to conduct research abroad during the 2010-11 academic year. Learn more.

February, 2010: Amy VanHaren , a member of the MFA’s first graduating class in 2007, recently published her piece “Rescue on the Ridge” in AMCOutdoors . While Amy is not working on the book from which this piece is excerpted, she is using her writing skills as the social media manager at Stonyfield Farm, one of the nation’s leaders in organic agriculture and retail dairy products

February, 2010: MFA nonfiction writer Nathan Webster has had his thesis accepted for publication by The Truth About The Fact: International Journal of Literary Nonfiction (Loyola Marymount University, LA). "Suspicions, After Curfew" is slated for publication in the Spring 2010, Volume V Number I issue. Here’s what the editors wrote to Nathan: "We received hundreds of submissions from the international literary community, including impressive narratives about life in South Africa, Sri Lanka, China, Canada, Great Britain and the United States. Your work was one of only 21 pieces selected."

February, 2010: Jason Tandon , MFA ’07, was pleased that Garrison Keillor read one of his poems from his book Give Over the Heckler and Everyone Gets Hurt on The Writer’s Almanac.

February, 2010: Emily Robbins , MFA ’11, published her essay “The Way Home” in the Northern New England Review , Volume 31.

January, 2010: MFA nonfiction writer Ryan Flaherty recently published two chapbooks, Live, from the Delay and Novas. He also has poems coming out this spring in three journals: Colorado Review, Ninth Letter, and Handsome. He has also been awarded PEN New England's Discovery Award in Poetry. Each year, established authors sponsor newcomers in their field and this year poet Peter Covino selected Ryan and will introduce him at the 31st Annual Discovery celebration. The award is based on the promise of the discoveree’s potential.

October, 2009: MFA student Bryan Parys published "The Last Word or, The Eternal Present Tense" in The (Non)fiction 500 section of the journal Like Water Burning .

September, 2009: MFA alum Brian Wilkins '06G, '09G is a poet; his former college roommate, Ian Terrell, is a Web developer. Together, they've created a literary magazine for the iPhone, which plays an audio recording of a poem, essay, or short story as the reader scrolls along with the text. "The best part about poetry or any literature really is going to a reading and getting to hear the author's voice," says Wilkins. The first issue of "Scarab" includes a poem by Charles Simic, UNH professor emeritus. Read the story

June, 2009: MFA fiction writer Kristina Reardon , who will enter her second year in the program this fall, has published two stories, "Easter 1941" and "A Bit of Kindness," in the New Voices section of the summer edition of the Newport Review: http://www.newportreview.org/?new-voices/kreardon.html . Kristina has also won a scholarship from the Centre for Slovene at the University of Ljubljana and will spend the month of July there this summer researching material for her thesis manuscript.

February, 2009: MFA poet Maria Barron won the 2009 LUMINA Poetry contest. LUMINA is a literary journal published by Sarah Lawrence College. The contest was judged by poet, Ilya Kaminsky. Maria's poems placed both first and second, earning Maria the invitation to read at Sarah Lawrence in April.

February, 2009:MFA poet Mark Gosztyla crossed genre lines into nonfiction when he stumbled into a story about two 50-year-old unsolved murders in Somersworth, NH. For over a year Mark pursued the mysterious deaths, both on his own and in nonfiction workshops, publishing a series in Foster's Daily Democrat in June of '08. That series, titled “Shame and Silence,” won first place “for highest achievement in investigative reporting” in New England Press Association’s 2008 Annual Better Newspaper Contest.

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How to Become a Writer in New Hampshire with a BFA, MFA or Similar Creative Writing Degree

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There’s something in the air in New Hampshire that makes for good writing. Maybe it’s those New England autumns where quiet, winding roads cut through brilliant foliage and warm cider fills the air. Maybe it’s the centuries-old seaport towns like Portsmouth where remnants of the American Revolution inspire images of the American dream. Or maybe it’s the idyllic landscape, framed by the snow-capped Appalachian range, that slowly unfolds as you wind your way through the Kancamagus Highway.

The Granite State is home to the likes of Jodi Picoult, Dan Brown and John Irving – arguably some of the biggest names in contemporary literature. But it’s also where some of America’s literary giants like J.D. Salinger and Robert Frost wrote the creative works that inspired a nation and shaped the literary world. Frost wrote some of his most beloved poems and books of poetry while on the Frost Farm in Derry, undoubtedly moved by the beauty that surrounded him. “Whose woods these are I think I know/His house is in the village though/He will not see me stopping here/To watch his woods fill up with snow” (Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening).

Okay, so you’ve got yourself big shoes to fill. But the cool thing about the creative writing field is that it’s never saturated, and there’s always a spot for an emerging voice with something interesting to say. From Nashua to Concord to Lincoln, New Hampshire is rich not only in inspiration, but in exciting opportunities to begin exploring your creative voice.

And when you’re ready to make a name for yourself and begin transforming your love of the written word into a lifelong career that pays the bills, it’s time to get the education that you’ll need – a traditional bachelor’s or master’s degree in creative writing, or a fine arts degree, namely the BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) or MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in Creative Writing.

New Hampshire: A Sanctuary for the Creative Writer and Poet

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Robert Frost – If you’re a lover of Robert Frost’s poetry, there’s not one, but two places that have kept his past alive here – the Frost Place in Franconia and the Frost Farm in Derry. While the Frost Place is often associated with a lull in his work, the Frost Farm is largely associated with a prolific period of his life. He once wrote to a friend, “To a large extent, the terrain of my poetry is the Derry landscape, the Derry farm…There was something about the experience at Derry which stayed in my mind and was tapped for poetry in the years that came after.”

J.D. Salinger – The author famously fled the intense, frenetic NYC scene in 1953 after receiving literary acclaim for his most famous work, Catcher in the Rye , and moved to a ramshackle barn in Cornish, complete with no running water and no bathroom. But what this property lacked it made up for in tranquility, solitude, and a view that fueled his creativity for the better part of his adult life. It was here that he wrote Franny , Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters , and several others. He spent the next sixty years on his property in Cornish (in two separate cottages) until his death at age 91.

Grace Metalious – Her most famous work, Peyton Place , a rather scandalous novel that quickly became one of the most best-selling works in publishing history, was written in Manchester though inspired by Gilmanton, where she was raised. Her grave in Gilmanton is visited regularly by curious lovers of her famous work who often leave coins and flowers on top of her white marble headstone.

E.E. Cummings – This famed poet’s New Hampshire summer retreat, Joy Farm in Madison (Silver Lake), is a National Historic Landmark. This home, best described as a modest, Cape Cod-style home with weather-beaten clapboard siding, is exactly what you would imagine a poet’s refuge to be – quiet, solitary, and nestled in a whisper-quiet meadow. It’s also where he created many of his most famous works. Today, it frequently serves as a writer’s retreat, and the Joy Farm Writer’s Retreat hand selects a distinguished group of writers-in-residences to host them.

Creative Writing Classes, Courses, and Workshops in New Hampshire Can Prepare You for a Creative Writing Degree

As anyone who’s dabbled in the creative writing field will tell you, there’s no holy grail waiting to be discovered. In other words, there’s no one formula that you’ll follow to hone your craft. Instead, it’s a process that starts with putting in the time and writing, writing, writing. It’s about exploring what works, and certainly what doesn’t. It’s also about discovery – learning and being inspired by others and settling into, and getting comfortable with, the literary scene and your local writing community. After all, great writers aren’t born overnight.

Welcoming both aspiring and published writers, the New Hampshire’s Writing Project is a great nonprofit arts organization in Manchester that’s home to a nice variety of events throughout the year, including its own conference. Some of the popular events they host include a Writer’s Night Out, which is like a meet-and-great for writers to discuss what they’re working on, and the Three-Minute Fiction Slam, a fast-paced literary competition that challenges writers to write a literary piece in three minutes or less in front a panel of judges. You don’t have to be a member, but doing so gets you free admission to most events and an invitation to their annual conference.

The Poetry Society of New Hampshire in Amherst should be on your radar if poetry is your genre. Members of the society (it’s just $25 for the year to join!) enjoy access to a nice array of events throughout the year. Participate in an open mic night; listen to published poets talk about their creative process and recite their work; and meet and talk to the poets of The Poets Touchstone journal.

Exeter LitFest is an annual literary fest that brings together aspiring and published authors in one, dynamic occasion. Last year’s festival brought big names in publishing, poetry, and literature over the course of the weekend. They also work with handful of local restaurants to provide unique literary menus and promotions to keep the party going after the day’s events end (translation: your opportunity to hobnob with well-known artists and maybe even buy them a drink).

And between events and other social gatherings, there’s plenty to keep you learning and growing as a writer. Check out the literary magazine Barnstorm , sponsored by the University of New Hampshire MFA program. It doesn’t cost a dime to submit your work to them, and their blogs are always chocked full of good advice. Franklin Pierce University’s student-run literary journal, Northern New England Review , is another great spot to read good stories and submit your own. They always welcome submissions from aspiring writers from New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont.

Writing Colleges in New Hampshire Offering Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Creative Writing Provide a Path to Becoming a Writer

Creative writing is a pastime many of us enjoy, but if you want to graduate beyond the occasional open-mic night or literary festival, you’re always best served with a formal degree in your back pocket. Simply put, there’s no substitute for the education and practical training that a bachelor’s or master’s degree can offer, particularly a BFA or MFA in Creative Writing. A degree is an inevitable steppingstone if you’re serious about moving beyond amateur endeavors and into the big league.

Are there exceptions to every rule, and will you come across the writer who’s made it without an education? Perhaps. But the formal training of a BFA or MFA comes complete with unmatched guidance and mentorship from an experienced faculty of published writers and visiting writers; superb opportunities to work with student-led publications and get your feet wet through an internship; and exciting opportunities to move beyond your comfort zone and explore a variety of genres, themes, topics, and more.

Best of all, whether you want an on-campus or online academic experience, there’s a great (and growing) selection of colleges and universities in New Hampshire and beyond that are home to undergraduate and graduate creative writing programs.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Other Bachelor’s Degrees in Creative Writing in New Hampshire

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Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Other Master’s Degrees in Creative Writing in New Hampshire

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Degree:  Master – MFA, MA

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  • Writing (Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Poetry)

New Hampshire Adult Education

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Chemistry basics focus on real world applications. Inorganic, organic, and biochemistry are covered. A self-directed online course with in-person labs to demonstrate concepts. Course includes problem sets and labs  for each area. The instructor is available during the course.

Math/science concepts applied to real-world issues in biology, physics, chemistry.  Math topics: using formulas, ratios, percentages, scientific notation, probability.  Hands-on activities/project-based learning in ecology, forces/motion, molecular structure.   (1 Science OR 1 Math Credit)

This course offers an introduction to the basics of reading and writing short fiction and to the building blocks of good storytelling. Students will read a selection of short stories and participate in class discussions of the assigned stories in their historical and social contexts.

This course explores American History from Colonialism through the Cold War.  Students will study basic documents and concepts of American government, such as the U.S.

This course will look into the introduction to the grand topic of economics. With this being a large topic, we will cover the basic concepts and principles that affect our everyday life

This course will provide an overview of forensic science topics using foundations of chemistry, physics, biology and experimental design

This English class is for students who are interested in myths, in history, in the stories upon which our world is founded.

This math class includes different skills such as solving systems of equations, factoring basic quadratics, applications of basic quadratics, sequences (arithmetic and geometric), linear and exponential functions, and basic stats (mean, median, mode, and sampling methods).

Focus will be on providing students with tools to successfully pursue college and careers post high school. They will create resumes, learn cover letter strategies, consider the importance of networking, and hear from professionals on their experience as it relates to colleges and career readiness.

The extensive course selections in this program are challenging and require time and effort to complete. Students should plan to attend support classes weekly. The average student will spend 50-100 hours to complete a course.

This course offers students the skills and knowledge that will help them make better educational and career choices. Topics include basic communication, financial literacy, the college and job search, writing resumes and interviewing tips. Field trips to NHTI, SNHU and NH Job Corps.

In this class students take a literary look at great American cinema through the study of hallmark films of the 20th century such as Modern Times, Citizen Kane, Casablanca, Rebel Without a Cause, Dr. Strangelove and Star Wars. Students critically view, discuss and write about these great films.

This course examines the US free enterprise system and the production and distribution of goods and services. It also includes basic economic concepts and an introduction to business, investment, personal finance and career research.

Students gain an understanding of how the U.S. Government functions, its branches, lawmaking and principles and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. Contemporary political and governmental issues will be examined.

Students will create many pieces, explore a variety of surface decoration techniques, learn how to throw on the potter’s wheel and about firing in a kiln. Well thought out forms, designs and functional uses along with good craftsmanship are emphasized.

Students learn modern concepts in the lab developing skills such as mass measurements, analysis of data and samples, synthesis of compounds and model building and study nomenclature, equation and formula writing, physical and chemical properties, the mole concept, and energy relationships.

In this introductory life science course, students cultivate an understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations while exploring the following topics: evolution, cellular processes, DNA, genetics, ecology, energy pathways in plants and animals and interactions among organisms.

This course will explore literature dealing with contemporary global issues, such as oppression in third world countries, the rising tide of fanaticism, and human rights. Students will read, analyze, interpret, discuss and synthesize information in a series of essays and projects.

Students explore American literature and American core documents; read additional works outside of school and give reports. Through class activities, students strengthen listening and viewing skills and improve grammar, usage, syntax and vocabulary by completing writing assignments and speaking.

Students investigate the social, political and economic ideas that have shaped modern American society. The emphasis is on the 20th century including topics such as social change, foreign policy and the development of the American culture and character.

This course will build a strong foundation for future math courses, accomplished through the application of algebraic techniques to real world scenarios. Concepts and topics develop through study of the real number system, slope and its applications, and tables, graphs and equations.

Students learn mathematical skills useful all through life: maintaining bank accounts, budgets, credit installment buying, taxes, insurance investments and home and automobile financing. A scientific calculator is recommended.

Beginning with the Enlightenment, this class explores revolution, economic development and world conflict throughout history. Students will critically analyze the social, political, technological and economic developments that have shaped recent history.

Students learn the practical side of money management to prepare them to make sound financial decisions from their first job through retirement. This course informs students how choices directly impact future financial circumstances.

English language support and skills for students training to be Licensed Nursing Assistants, with intermediate/advanced English skills (levels 4-6). This class is paired with Manchester Community College enrollment. Upon completion, students will be prepared for the LNA state certification exam.

Level 4-6 English: grammar, vocab, speaking, reading, writing, and digital literacy for everyday use with the goal of career/education advancement and civic engagement. Classes meet at Brookside Church or Zoom on Monday/Wednesday and Zoom-only on Tuesday. Testing and registration is in person.

Level 4-6 English: grammar, vocab, speaking, reading, writing, and digital literacy for everyday use with the goal of career/education advancement and civic engagement. Classes meet at Brookside Church or Zoom on Wednesday and Zoom-only on Monday/Tuesday. Testing and registration is in person.

Level 2-3 English: phonics, vocab, speaking, reading, writing, and digital literacy for everyday use with the goal of workforce preparation and community integration. Classes meet at Brookside Church or Zoom on Tuesday/Thursday, and Zoom-only on Wednesday. Testing and registration is in person.

Level 2-3 English: phonics, vocabulary, speaking, reading, writing, and digital literacy for everyday use with the goal of workforce preparation and community integration. Classes meet at Brookside Church with a remote option on Zoom. Testing and registration is conducted in person.

Level 2-3 English: phonics, vocabulary, speaking, reading, and writing for everyday use with the goal of workforce preparation and community integration.

Level 1 English: phonics, alphabet, vocabulary, speaking, reading, and writing for everyday use with the goal of self-sufficiency.

Level 1 English: phonics, alphabet, vocabulary, speaking, reading, and writing for everyday use with the goal of self-sufficiency. Sessions are on Zoom Tuesday & Wednesday, and at Brookside Church on Thursday with a Zoom option. Orientation and testing are conducted in person.

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Please contact the office for information on Math schedules and directions to connect with the instructor. This is HiSET level Math

This math class includes different skills such as adding/subtracting and multiplying polynomials, factoring basic quadratics, applications of basic quadratics, sequences (arithmetic and geometric), linear and exponential functions, and basic stats (mean, median, mode, and sampling methods).

The  All Levels English  course provides practice in English through listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. Students will learn vocabulary and basic grammar, and increase their skills through topics that may include current events and personal interests.

The  Intermediate-Advanced English  course will focus on English grammar forms and structures through listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. Students will listen to oral stories and dialogues to learn conversation strategies, increase vocabulary, and learn paragraph structure.

The  Beginning English  course is for those who have little to no experience using the English language. Students will practice communicating in English, and will develop basic speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills. Class will cover pronunciation and vocabulary acquisition skills.

This time is set aside to support students studying for the HiSET or GED exam. A certified teacher will be present to help students and answer questions.

In-person class for intermediate to advanced ESL students focusing on reading, writing, speaking and listening.

This course is designed for a fast-paced review of the 5 subjects (math, reading, science, social studies, and writing) needed to pass the official HiSET tests. Includes HiSET practice testing.

Study the relationships between animals, plants and environment. Explore local ecosystems: forest, stream, pond, and field. Learn the fundamental principles of ecological science, engage in hands-on research projects in the classroom and outdoors.  Weeks 2-6 will meet at local parks/nature areas.

Introduces students to the short story in its various forms, using short stories of such contemporary authors as Stephen King as a way to explore the genre. Students will have the opportunity to read, listen to, watch, and even create short stories. (1 English Credit)

Join us to talk about current events and to discuss your favorite summer activities. This class is for those students who are comfortable speaking English and who wish to practice their conversation skills.

This course provides practice in English through listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. Students will increase their skills through topics that may include current events and personal interests.

Class is designed for Adult Learners needing basic education skills (reading, writing or math) or needing to refresh/acquire skills to pass the HiSET exam. Students are required to take a pre-assessment exam to determine skill level if they are new to the program.

This course includes classwork assignments & projects that reflect the topics covered in the time frame of the course, from Early 19th Century to the Present. Classroom activities include lecture, discussion, individual & group work, films & documentaries as well as research projects.

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Students will apply math concepts to real-world issues and problems. Math topics are formulas, ratios, percentages, scientific notation, and probability. Hands-on activities and project-based learning. Includes financial literacy lessons to empower students to make educated financial decisions.

Satire is increasingly prevalent in our culture. The course introduces students to satire and humor in various forms (print, online, audio, and video). It explores the genre of satire and the use of humor. Students will  read, listen to, watch, and create satires and parodies.

Students examine each system in the human body, while also learning key vocabulary and medical terminology associated with each system. Hands-on activities and projects. Class can be part of a nursing career pathway.

Students learn the principles of Civics and Economics through “living” them. Class begins with discussion of relevant concepts, and then those concepts are applied in simulations to experience economics and to participate in government.

This course will gives an in-depth understanding of the inter-connectivity, interdependence, and influence of events, people, and movements, by examining a time of great change. The class is interdisciplinary, involving history, music, film, literature, Women’s Studies, and fashion.

This class earns 1 Adult High School math credit and is Common Core aligned. Class focuses on math concepts such as representing data through graphing, using mathematical models to solve problems, analyzing and interpreting data, and writing and solving equations.

Hybrid intermediate class focused on English skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Our beginner class is held in person at the Center and focuses on the four literacy skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.   This class focuses on the basics of the English language. 

Hybrid beginner-low intermediate class focused on the English skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

This course will provide an overview of forensic science topics using foundations of chemistry, physics, biology and experimental design. Topics to be surveyed include fingerprinting, serology, drug unit, toxicology, trace evidence, and document analysis.

This course explores American History from Colonialism through the Cold War.  Students will study basic documents and concepts of American government, such as the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.  Other topics include the Civil War, Immigration, Civil Rights and the Cold War.

Class helps students (ages 16-18) who are still in school prepare for their high school equivalency exams by providing academic support and individualized attention.

The Tutoring Program provides free 1 to 1 tutoring to adults in math, reading, and writing, HiSET preparation, and English for ESOL students. Tutors meet with students at a mutually convenient time and public place.  

Beginner, intermediate and advanced classes for adults to improve their English speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, and pronunciation skills. In-person and remote instruction available during the day or evening. Enrollment is ongoing throughout the semester.

Instruction to improve skills in math, reading, social studies, science and writing for test taking. Exeter Adult Education is a HiSET® Testing Center.  Instruction is available during the day or evening .   Enrollment is ongoing throughout the semester.

This course is intended to strengthen students’ algebraic skills to ensure success in a college preparatory algebra course. Students will develop competence in simplifying and evaluating polynomial expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities, quadratic equations, and systems of equations.

This half-year course concentrates on developing writing skills. Students work on the skills of planning and developing formal and informal compositions, along with the basic skills of research paper writing with the focus on revision for final draft submission.

This course concentrates on helping students develop & prepare for post-secondary plans.  Through career exploration, planning, preparation & practice, students will develop a career portfolio & create a sound work ethic, communication skills & the social skills they will need to be successful.

This course is a study of the American government, its structures, functions, and effects on individuals. The course will also cover: the goals of American foreign policy, comparative political systems, citizenship, political parties, voting, and elections.

WorkReadyNH is a practical, tuition-free program designed to meet the needs of job seekers and career builders by providing training in specific skills that employers are looking for in their current and future employees.

This course is designed for students who want to emphasize the practical uses of psychology.  Actual demonstrations and simulations are conducted whenever possible. Emphasis is placed on the application of psychological principles to the everyday lives of individual students.

This course is designed to help students understand the cause & effect relationship between group & societal relationships. Students will effectively be able to discern the impact groups of people have in changing societies globally, with more focus on the United States.

This course will facilitate literary analysis & response, evidence-based discussion, & demonstration of English 12 literature semester competencies (Writing, Reading, Speaking/Listening, and Research).  Students will speculate about imaginary worlds in fantasy, science fiction, and magic realism.

The course looks at US wars historically and through the lens of art. Americans’ perception of war has been influenced by artists in literature, film, and music. Includes reading, writing, discussion, and viewing war-related materials, for both information and for analysis.

The course explores the importance of soil, plant and animal production, and the great changes in farming since the 1960’s. Students examine and critique the arguments made by experts about food production, and explore their own ideas and develop their own arguments.

This course encompasses a variety of writing & reading assignments geared toward helping students  function in the work world & at the two-year technical college level. Activities include critical reading of researched data, formal writing assignments, job-search materials, & public-speaking tasks.

Practice of basic math/pre-algebraic concepts (operations, reading/interpreting data, fractions, decimals, percents, negative #’s, ratios) OR Algebra/Statistics (equations, geometry, systems of equations, exponents/exponential growth, quadratics/polynomials, irrational #’s, statistics, probability.)

This course combines computer skills needed for college, workforce, and/or personal use and will serve as the first step to the successful use of computer technology. Units of instruction will include Internet concepts, knowledge on computer hardware, Microsoft Word, Excel, & PowerPoint.

Events and people from the Civil War Reconstruction to the 21st century. Use of maps, reading exercises, discussion, analysis, and historical sources to the progressive movement, immigration, WWI, WWII, the Great Depression, Civil Rights, the Cold War, Vietnam, and more recent conflicts.

This course introduces students to the short story in its various forms (written, audio, and video). It uses the short stories of such contemporary authors as Stephen King as a way to explore the genre. Students will have the opportunity to read, listen to, watch, and even create short stories.

A comprehensive review of adult literacy with reading comprehension, grammar/usage, language mechanics, and essay writing. Includes preparation for the HiSET tests. Instruction will incorporate topics in science and social studies.

This class is for students on the Intermediate or Advanced Level and includes work in Burlington English.

This class is for students on the Intermediate or Advanced Level and includes grammar study, conversation for real-life situations, writing, and other content based on student input.

This course teaches English for beginners and includes work in Burlington English.

Free One to One tutoring in basic academic and ESL skills for anyone over 18 years old in Rockingham county.  Tutors meet with students at an agreed upon time and place and provide guidance and instruction on the stated goal of the student.

This program provides free 1-to1 tutoring in basic skills and ESL skills for anyone 18 years and older in Strafford County. Tutors meet with students at an agreed upon time and place. Tutors focus on the needs of the individual student.

This is an online, self-guided class that earns 1.0 AHS diploma U.S. History credit. This class covers historical inquiry, review of events and principles behind the founding of the U.S., and analyzes societal issues, trends, and events from the Civil War to the Great Depression.

This is an online, self-guided class that earns 0.5 AHS diploma Social Studies credit. This class covers basic economic problems such as scarcity, choice, and resources. It also covers market structures and international trade.

Beginner to Advanced ESL Classes.   Classes offer students the chance to learn vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, and conversation to improve English skills. Day, evening, and remote classes available. New students welcome.

Burlington English offers courses in General English, Civics, Career Skills, and Grammar. Students use Burlington English to do lessons on their phone, tablets, or computers whenever is convenient for them. They can also meet on Zoom with a teacher and other students to do lessons together.

In this class, students will practice the English skills of pronunciation, speaking, listening, conversation, and vocabulary.  New students welcome anytime. Two instructional levels available.

This class focuses on a review of skills in the areas of writing, reading, social studies, science, and math. This class is suitable for those who want to refresh skills, take the HiSET exam, or get ready for further education. Class and individualized instruction.

This course is designed to improve reading and comprehension through familiarization with literary genres written by American writers. Students will be reading and writing responses on literary pieces ranging from the Puritan Period through the Modern Age.

Focusing on Reconstruction through present-day, will include an overview and political analysis of America’s continual search for its appropriate role in the world. Students will examine the assumptions, theories, concepts that have shaped and continue to influence American policies.

Features a warm & welcoming environment to practice speaking your English.  Conversation will be guided through a variety of topics such as current events, holiday celebrations, family and work topics.  Short reading assignments may be assigned in preparation for discussions.

Involves reading of novels & works of non-fiction to build discussion, critical thinking, & writing skills. Students practice strategies to acquire extensive vocabulary, enhance grammar accuracy & clear pronunciation. Hybrid class 1 day in-person, with 2- 3 hours of independent homework weekly.

Focus on English that you need in your daily life. Topics include talking about yourself, family & friends; language to use at work or school, at the store, bank or doctor’s; & more. Short readings, speaking & pronunciation practice, vocabulary building emphasized. 1-2 hours of homework weekly.

Class helps students (ages 16-18) prepare for their high school equivalency exams by providing academic support and individualized attention. Class also prepares students for the required practice tests, and assists students with setting up an ETS account and registering for the official exam.

Class is for students ages 18 and older who did not finish high school and who want a review of basic skills. Classes will help prepare students in the five skill areas of the HiSET exam: writing, reading, social studies, science, and math.

Level 1 English: phonics, alphabet, vocabulary, speaking, reading, and writing for everyday use with the goal of self-sufficiency. Sessions are at Brookside Church on Mondays with a Zoom option, and on Zoom Wednesdays & Thursdays. Orientation and testing are conducted in person.

The  ESL Conversation  class is for intermediate-advanced level students who are comfortable speaking the language. Classes will focus on improving conversational ability while emphasizing listening comprehension skills, vocabulary development, common idiom usage, and practice in pronunciation.

We offer all levels of instruction to people learning English as another language. The instructional focus is on providing students the opportunity to speak, write, listen and read English. Instruction can be in-person, online or a combination of both.

The  Beginning English  course is for those who have little to no experience using the English language. Students will practice communicating in English, and will develop basic speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills. Class will cover pronunciation and vocabulary acquisition skills.

This class is for advanced speakers of the English language. The instructional focus is on providing students the opportunity to speak, write, listen and read English. Pre-registration is required and is on a rolling basis.

This class is for non-English speakers just beginning to learn English. The instructional focus is on providing students the opportunity to speak, write, listen and read English. Pre-registration is required and on a rolling basis.

The  Intermediate-Advanced English  course will focus on English grammar forms and structures through listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. Students will listen to oral stories and dialogues to learn conversation strategies, increase vocabulary, and learn paragraph structure.

Topics include scientific measurement, composition of matter, mole theory, behavior of gasses, solutions, acids/bases, energy of chemical reactions. Lab hours included. Out of class homework required to reinforce concepts. Visit https://adulted.sau16.org/ for more course options.

A comprehensive review of math, with pre-algebra, geometry, decimals, fractions, and whole number skills. Includes preparation for the HiSET tests. Individualized instruction available.

This survey course introduces students to topics focused on societal behavior and issues.

A volunteer will assist students in preparing to take the HiSET (formerly GED) test. All subjects are covered. Classes can be in-person, online or a mix of both. The schedule is based on the needs and availability of the student.

English Learner Families to Schools (ELFS)

Plato is an on-line platform that offers several courses for various credit needs. The program is done independently, but teacher support and guidance will be offered throughout.

An extended learning opportunity is an independent course available for various credit needs. Teacher support and guidance throughout.

This course will cover both Civics and Economics. Students can attend half or all of the course, depending on their individual needs.

This class can be taken for US History, Social Studies, or Elective credit

This curriculum is designed so students can gain and apply verbal, written, and digital communication skills. This class can be taken for English or Elective credit.

Course prepares students to take the Official HiSET exam.  Rolling Admissions.

Course meets NH minimum standards for High School Social Studies Elective..

All area residents who are over 18 years old and need to improve their English language skills are welcome to attend. Refugees, immigrants and visitors to the United States connect and support each other as they learn English. Classes are free of charge and organized by level of ability.

Course meets NH minimum standards for high school Economics.

This course covers high school level content across all subjects to prepare students to take the HiSET exam.

This course will reinforce reading comprehension strategies and allow students to explore, learn, think & communicate around a topic that is in the news daily. Topics will center around the immigration conversation and experience in America.

HiSET preparation classes for math, reading, writing, science and social studies

Course meets NH minimum standards for high school Science Education.

Read about and discuss various global issues. Students will build their vocabulary, reading skills, and reading comprehension, and practice writing and using various grammar features.

Beginner to intermediate ESL Classes.   We offer several levels of instruction to people of all ages from all over the world.  The instructional focus is on providing students the opportunity to speak, write, listen and read English.

Essential Computer Skills:  Beginning Computer Skills

Internet Basics

Using Email

Course meets NH minimum standards for English Education. Students may take English on either Wednesday or Thursday evenings.

Class focus is longer readings & discussion, theme- and inquiry-based learning, & presentation skills using a variety of digital tools. Emphasis placed on vocabulary building and the improvement of student listening comprehension skills, with grammar and writing. 1-2 hours homework weekly.

Course meets NH minimum standards for High School Civics Education

Advanced (level 5-6) class focusing on the four literacy skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

The ADP is available to adult learners and high school students 16 years old and over who seek course credits toward a high school diploma. We offer over 380 on-line courses through Edmentum, available 24/7/365. Future goals are considered when selecting classes. Courses are free.

This curriculum is Math and Science based. Class can be taken for Math, Science, or Elective credit. Fee $140

We are offering students assistance from a HiSET instructor or tutor to prepare for the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET). 

The Independent GAP program (Plato) is available to students who seek course credits toward a high school diploma that are not offered through our traditional in-person GAP classrooms. Independent GAP is a fully remote learning program through the Edmentum website.  

Introduction to major areas of biological sciences , includ ing biological principles such as the scientific method and experimental techniques; unity within diversity of life; the cell as the structural and functional unit of life; the microbiology of genetics and its interaction to evolution.

This class studies  the allocation and utilization of limited resources to meet society’s unlimited needs and wants . Students examine the relationship between costs and benefits and develop an understanding of basic economic concepts .

Students learn the purpose, structure, and functions of government; the political process; the rule of law; and world affairs. Civics builds on a foundation of history, geography, and economics to teach students to become knowledgeable citizens, committed to participation in public affairs.  

This class introduces students to  manufacturing technology using wood as a production medium. Students learn how to read and create technical drawings, use layout tools, safely set up and operate power equipment.  

Students will develop skills in the areas of grammar, writing, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and a basic introduction to library-based research using MLA format and databases. This is a skills-based curriculum t o develop effective communication skills, including writing and speaking .  

E ntry -level class to develop problem-solving and mathematical reasoning skills numerically, graphically, and analytically through solving, graphing, and applying mathematical models including linear, literal, absolute value, exponential, quadratic, and polynomial.  

Students will receive assistance from a HiSET instructor or tutor to prepare for the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) and explore college and career options for continued success beyond high school.

STAR (Student Achievement in Reading) improves alphabetics, comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency through evidence based instruction. STAR gives you the tools to go from a middle school reading level to a high school reading level integrating interesting passages and stories.

Our mission is to improve literacy, guarantee job placement and needed social services, help find childcare, housing security, and every day necessities for our students. This ESL class for Advanced Learners aids ESL students with just that while using the Burlington English online curriculum.

Students will explore algebra and geometry concepts using Cricut Design Space and Glowforge-compatible software. Students will design and create their Cricut and Glowforge projects and then present their learning to demonstrate their understanding of math competencies.

This course will include selected biological concepts, including the chemical basis of life, cell structure and division, and a broad survey of the major systems of the human body with a special emphasis on human health and disease.

This course provides students with an introduction to unmanned aerial systems (drones) and geospatial technologies. Through hands-on experiences, participants will learn the proper procedures for operating drones safely and within established federal regulations.

Creative Writing activities will include personal narratives, poetry, plays, screenwriting, essays, speeches, and memoirs. Students will read/listen to short stories as well as view films that pose moral/ethical questions and use that as a springboard to inform and guide their writing.

Tutoring and distance learning course facilitation every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 AM – 2 PM and Mondays and Fridays by appointment.

Evening high school credit courses available for adults needing to complete the requirements for a high school diploma, for HiSet preparation, for a refresher, or for college preparation. Courses are free of charge to all students.

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Our mission is to improve literacy, guarantee job placement and needed social services, help find childcare, housing security, and every day necessities for our students. This ESL Beginners course aids ESL students with just that while using the Burlington English online curriculum.

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Beginner classes are designed for students with little to no knowledge of English usage and structure. This class begins with basic pronunciation and sentence structure and culminates with beginner conversational abilities.

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Online MFA in Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts

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Earn an MFA in Creative Writing Online

  • $637/credit (48 credits total)
  • Transfer up to 12 graduate credits
  • 100% online – no residency required
  • Four fiction genres to choose from
  • Career-focused certificate included
  • No application fee or GRE/GMAT scores required

Online MFA in Creative Writing Program Overview

Share your story with the world and let the power of storytelling take your career to new heights with an online Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing . As one of the only programs available that encourages a focus on genre fiction, our online MFA lets you hone your craft in an area specific to your strengths and interests. You'll also learn about the business side of creative writing, preparing you to market your work in the real world.

While most MFA programs require a residency, Southern New Hampshire University's online MFA in Creative Writing can be completed entirely online, with no travel necessary.

“Traditional MFA programs, whether full-time or low residency, are out of reach for many writers,” said Paul Witcover , associate dean of creative writing. “The SNHU online MFA was designed to make the MFA experience accessible to all fiction writers, opening the door to diverse voices excluded for too long from the literary conversation. Our program is dedicated to giving writers the tools to succeed on the page and beyond it.”

Graduates leave the program with a completed and revised novel in one of our four offered genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance and Speculative. With the included certificates in either online teaching of writing or professional writing , you'll have the skills to support your writing career, no matter where it takes you.

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  • The business and technical sides of professional writing
  • How to navigate the publishing ecosystem, identify agents and editors, and market your work to appeal to decision-makers
  • Using social media to gain a following and build your brand
  • How to teach writing in a classroom setting

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At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.

The Value of an Online MFA

Emily Jones ’20 embraced a transformational experience through the online MFA in Creative Writing program, which supported her in taking her writing career to the next level. “I can now say, without even a hint of imposter syndrome, that I am a writer,” said Jones. “And that is because of Southern New Hampshire University.”

Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, writers and authors made a median annual salary of $69,510 in 2021, while editors made $63,350. 1

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“Our mission is to give students a degree and associated practical skills they can use to forge successful pathways in academia, business, or by blazing their own career trail,” said Paul Witcover , associate dean of creative writing.

Earning one of the included certificates in online teaching of writing or professional writing will also be an invaluable addition to your resume for part-time, full-time and freelance jobs in a variety of fields, including:

  • Higher education. Instruct writing courses in higher education settings. In 2021, postsecondary teachers made a median annual wage of $79,640, and you can expect to see a 12% growth in available positions through 2031, according to the BLS. 1
  • Advertising. Use your storytelling skills in a way that influences consumer action. As a copywriter, you could find yourself doing any number of writing projects from crafting emails and ads to writing entire commercials.
  • Marketing. If you're more comfortable with long-form prose, many businesses have invested in content writers who create quality content such as blog posts, ebooks and podcasts to attract and retain customers.
  • Entertainment. Good at building suspense or setting up punchlines? From movies and plays to comedy and podcasts, being a good storyteller and writer is important to finding success in the entertainment industry.
  • History. Every person's life has a plot, but it takes writers like you to tell their stories in a compelling way. Help readers relive the experiences of historic figures and pop culture icons as a biographer.

Higher Education

Instruct writing courses in higher education at a college or university, either in-person or online.

Advertising

Influence consumer action through copywriting, from print ads to digital advertising and broadcast commercials.

Create written content such as blog posts, ebooks and podcasts to attract and retain customers.

Entertainment

From movies and plays to comedy and podcasts, writers often find success in the entertainment industry.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts favorable job growth in postsecondary education. And while statistics are not available for all job settings mentioned above, the BLS reports the following:

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The BLS predicts an 8% growth in available postsecondary teaching positions through 2032. 1

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Writers and authors made a median annual salary of $73,150 in 2022, while editors made $73,080 and postsecondary teachers made $80,840. 1

Understanding the Numbers When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors — like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online MFA in Creative Writing

If you're looking to earn your Master of Fine Arts online, you've found the right program. Even though there are no residency requirements, you'll still interact frequently with other students and faculty members in asynchronous discussions, critique workshops and within our online writer’s community, where students come together to share industry news, extend writing tips and develop critique partnerships.

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"I liked MFA-514 (Advanced Studies in Genre Literature) best," said student Jamilla Geter . "It was a great look into the different genres. It really helped me narrow down what genre I wanted to write in."

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"Though it was not writing exactly, its connection to it – especially in our digital world – was made clear almost immediately," she said. "Writing is not just providing content of value to your readers, but also creating avenues of access so those readers can find your content. This course helped me to understand that and to learn how I can create those avenues."

Besides allowing you to focus on your own creative interests, part of our 48-credit online MFA curriculum requires you to choose from 2 certificate offerings designed to round out your education and better prepare you for a multitude of writing-related careers.

The first choice is a Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching of Writing , which is tailored to those who see themselves teaching in an online classroom setting as a supplement to their writing careers. Students practice approaches to editing and coaching, learning how to establish a virtual instructor presence and cultivate methods for supporting and engaging students within online writing communities.

Learn more about the online teaching of writing graduate certificate .

Students can also choose the Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing , which highlights the technical and business opportunities available to writers. Students will develop a range of skills, such as copywriting, social media, marketing principles and/or content generation, learning many of the freelancing skills integral to today’s project-driven economy.

Learn more about the professional writing graduate certificate .

All of our courses are taught by accomplished authors and industry professionals who know both the craft and business of creative writing. They will work closely with you to develop both your creative and professional skill set.

"All instructors within my program were extremely knowledgeable and helpful," Warden said. "I learned a lot about the different career paths my instructors chose. ... The course instruction, along with their anecdotal experiences, helped in offering knowledge in different areas of our field.

MFA Program Thesis

The thesis for the Online MFA in Creative Writing is required to be a novel of at least 50,000 words in one of the four genres the program offers: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance, and Speculative.

Every Southern New Hampshire University online MFA student who graduates from the program will do so with a revised novel manuscript in their chosen genre, which is completed in a three-course thesis series. Throughout your tenure in the program, you can either work on a singular idea that you will develop during the three thesis courses, or you can begin a new project for your thesis. You can also combine elements of the four genres offered in the program for your thesis. For example, your thesis might be a YA Speculative Fiction novel.

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"My three thesis classes for the MFA degree were the most helpful," said Kathleen Harris '21 . "I was actually writing a book as my thesis, so it was both enjoyable and advantageous for the degree. And it was the end of a very long milestone of accomplishments."

Minimum Hardware Requirements Component Type   PC (Windows OS)   Apple (Mac OS)   Operating System  Currently supported operating system from Microsoft.   Currently supported operating system from Apple.  Memory (RAM)  8GB or higher  8GB or higher  Hard Drive  100GB or higher  100GB or higher  Antivirus Software  Required for campus students. Strongly recommended for online students.  Required for campus students. Strongly recommended for online students.  SNHU Purchase Programs  Visit Dell   Visit Apple   Internet/ Bandwidth  5 Mbps Download, 1 Mbps Upload and less than 100 ms Latency  5 Mbps Download, 1 Mbps Upload and less than 100 ms Latency  Notes:   Laptop or desktop?   Whichever you choose depends on your personal preference and work style, though laptops tend to offer more flexibility.  Note:   Chromebooks (Chrome OS) and iPads (iOS) do not meet the minimum requirements for coursework at SNHU. These offer limited functionality and do not work with some course technologies. They are not acceptable as the only device you use for coursework. While these devices are convenient and may be used for some course functions, they cannot be your primary device. SNHU does, however, have an affordable laptop option that it recommends: Dell Latitude 3301 with Windows 10.  Office 365 Pro Plus  is available free of charge to all SNHU students and faculty. The Office suite will remain free while you are a student at SNHU. Upon graduation you may convert to a paid subscription if you wish. Terms subject to change at Microsoft's discretion. Review system requirements for  Microsoft 365 plans  for business, education and government.  Antivirus software:  Check with your ISP as they may offer antivirus software free of charge to subscribers.  if (typeof accordionGroup === "undefined") { window.accordionGroup = new accordion(); } accordionGroup.init(document.getElementById('f756dce5bd874c61855f6f6e92d88470')); University Accreditation

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Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually. *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs: Course Materials ($ varies by course). Foundational courses may be required based on your undergraduate course history, which may result in additional cost.

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