LIU’s MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing prepares students to both be professional writers in the world and to be visionary literary citizens. Situated in the heart of Brooklyn, LIU’s MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing is an innovative creative writing program centered on world literature, multi-genre education, and publishing. Our applied MFA prepares students for careers in creative writing, academia, translation, and publishing. During their two-year residential program, students have the opportunity to study poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and translation, and thus receive a robust multi-genre education.

In our MFA’s publishing courses, students study directly with professionals at the heart of the publishing industry. During the course of their study, students learn about commercial, independent, and academic publishing with frequent guest literary agents, editors, and leaders from seminal national and international literary arts organizations. We also focus on the performative aspects of the writing industry including audiobooks, public performances and speaking, and adaptations. Students learn about the intersection between book publishing and popular and new media. Students also gain vital publishing industry experience through literary internships centered in New York City and through the practicum of editing LIU’s flagship literary journals.

For those students looking to pursue a doctorate degree in Creative Writing, Comparative Literature, World Literature, Translation, or within area studies post-graduation, our program’s curriculum provides an integral education in world literature and translation. The program will be premiering a number of global workshop initiatives including the Overseas Writers’ Workshop in the near future with opportunities for students to immerse themselves in world literatures in various countries.

In addition, matriculating and non-matriculating students are welcome to earn a Certificate in Translation or post-MFA Certificate in Manuscript Preparation.

A five-year BA/MFA track is also available to students seeking a combined undergraduate and graduate education in creative writing, translation, and publishing.

For students who are unable to attend classes face-to-face in New York, a virtual remote learning option will be available.

Core Programs:

  • MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing
  • 5-year BA/MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing
  • Certificate in Manuscript Preparation (for post-MFA students)
  • Certificate in Translation (open to all graduate students)
  • Study Abroad / Overseas Writers Workshop (open to graduate and undergraduate students)
  • Pedagogy for Creative Writers (professionalization class open to all graduate students and writing professionals)
  • Internship and Independent Study (open to all graduate students)

Established: 2007
Location: Brooklyn, NY & Online
Residency: Full, part-time, and online
Duration: 2 Years
Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Hybrid, Poetry, Translation, Screenwriting, Playwriting
Featured Courses: Internship and Independent Study; Pedagogy for Creative Writers; Overseas Writers Workshop
Incoming Class Size: 20

Application Deadline: Rolling deadline but preferably by February 15, 2022
Application Fee: $50
Apply Now: https://apply.liu.edu/

Directors: Dr. Rita Banerjee and Dr. Robin Hemley
Contact: Polkschool@liu.edu

Core Faculty: Zaina Arafat (Fiction & Nonfiction), Rita Banerjee (Nonfiction & Poetry),  Kristina Marie Darling (Publishing & Poetry), Thomas Fahy (Fiction), Tavia Gilbert (Audiobooks & Fiction), Robin Hemley (Fiction & Nonfiction), Caitlin Leffel (Publishing & Nonfiction), Deborah Mutnick (Nonfiction), Chantelle Aimée Osman (Fiction & Publishing), Gregary Racz (Translation), Wendy Ryden (Publishing), Rob Spillman (Publishing & Nonfiction), Erin Stalcup (Fiction & Publishing)

Affiliated Publications & Presses: Confrontation Magazine, Confrontation Press; Defunct Magazine