The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing program is designed with convenience in mind for those who juggle various obligations but aspire to become published writers. Students have the opportunity to refine and explore their writing through concentrations in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction under the guidance of award-winning American and Irish writers. Students and faculty communicate regularly by postal mail and email. The culmination of the students’ experiences at Carlow is the production of a manuscript of publishable quality in their desired concentration.
Carlow’s MFA program, which can be completed in five semesters, provides the convenience of a low-residency program with boundless opportunities in which students work with internationally-renowned writers in the United States and Ireland. Each year, students complete two residencies. In January, students spend 11 days in Pittsburgh, a city known for its world-class teaching and research institutes. In June, students experience the magnificent setting and rich literary tradition of Ireland during an 11-day residency at Trinity College Dublin.