Announcing the NYU Low-Residency MFA Writers Workshop in Paris
WRITE IN PARIS
The NYU Creative Writing Program has distinguished itself for over thirty years as a leading national center for the study of writing and literature, inviting promising new writers to work closely with a faculty of the finest contemporary poets and novelists.
That tradition continues now with the new low-residency MFA Writers Workshop in Paris, which offers students the opportunity to develop their craft under the guidance of internationally-acclaimed faculty--including Chris Adrian, Nathan Englander, Meghan O'Rourke, Matthew Rohrer, and Helen Schulman--while writing and studying in one of the world’s most inspiring literary capitals. Special visiting writers in 2012-2013 include Catherine Barnett, Anne Carson, Lydia Davis, Timothy Donnelly, Geoff Dyer, Percival Everett, Aleksandar Hemon, Dinaw Mengestu, ZZ Packer, Elissa Schappell, Danzy Senna, Darin Strauss, Brenda Shaughnessy, Charles Simic, and Colson Whitehead, among many others.
The MFA Writers Workshop in Paris constitutes an intimate creative apprenticeship that extends beyond traditional classroom walls.
Over two years, students and faculty convene regularly in Paris for five intensive ten-day residency periods (held biannually in January and July). While in residency in Paris, students participate in a vibrant community engaged in all aspects of the literary arts, including workshops, craft talks, lectures, individual conferences and manuscript consultations, as well as a diverse series of readings, special events and professional development panels. The city of Paris itself—with its storied literary history and rich cultural attractions—provides an ideal opportunity for students to learn the art and craft of writing, immerse themselves in the creative process, and live the writer’s life.
During the intervals between residencies, students pursue focused courses of study, completing reading and writing assignments under the close supervision of individual faculty members. These ongoing dialogues with faculty are tailored to specific student interests and needs; students are mentored by a different professor each term and work closely with four different writers during the two-year program.
Unlike the traditional MFA, the low-residency program offers both freedom and rigor, balancing the intense and stimulating community of each residency and the sustained solitary work completed in the intervals between. Students are expected to complete substantial writing and reading assignments each term, regularly submitting packets of work in exchange for detailed feedback and critique. Graduating students leave the program with four new literary mentors and a portfolio of letters written by acclaimed writers in response to their work.
Requirements for the Master of Fine Arts degree include the completion of thirty-two credits of coursework (over four semesters), participation in five ten-day residencies, and the submission of a creative thesis in poetry or fiction, consisting of a substantial piece of writing—a novella, a collection of short stories, or a group of poems—to be finished in the student’s final semester. The project requires the approval of the student’s faculty thesis adviser and of the director of the Creative Writing Program.
FACULTY MEMBERS INCLUDE:
|Chris Adrian (Fiction) is the author of a short story collection, A Better Angel, and three novels, Gob's Grief, The Children's Hospital, and The Great Night. He has received an NEA grant for fiction writing and a Guggenheim Fellowship, was selected as one of The New Yorker's 20 writers under 40, and recently completed training as a Fellow in Pediatric Hematology Oncology at the University of California, San Francisco. (Photo copyright by Martin Ehleben.)|
|Nathan Englander (Fiction) is the author of the internationally bestselling story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, the novel The Ministry of Special Cases, and the collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank (Knopf, Spring 2012). His short fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Washington Post, as well as The O. Henry Prize Stories and numerous editions of The Best American Short Stories. Translated into more than a dozen languages, Englander was selected as one of “20 Writers for the 21st Century” by The New Yorker, received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN/Malamud Award, the Bard Fiction Prize, and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. He’s been a fellow at the Dorothy & Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, and at the American Academy of Berlin. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.|
Meghan O'Rourke (Poetry) is the author of The Long Goodbye (Riverhead), a memoir about grief, and the poetry collections Once and Halflife (W.W. Norton). A former poetry editor for The Paris Review, she is also a culture critic for Slate magazine and a founding editor of the web site Double X. She is the recipient of the 2008 May Sarton Poetry Prize. Her essays and poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Best American Poetry, 32 Poems, and more. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she grew up.
Matthew Rohrer (Poetry) is the author of A Hummock in the Malookas, Satellite, A Green Light, Rise Up, A Plate of Chicken, and Destroyer and Preserver. With Joshua Beckman he wrote Nice Hat. Thanks. and recorded the audio CD Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. Octopus Books published his action/adventure chapbook-length poem They All Seemed Asleep in 2008. His poems have been widely anthologized and have appeared in many journals. He’s received the Hopwood Award for poetry and a Pushcart prize, and was selected as a National Poetry Series winner, and was shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize. Recently he has participated in residencies/ performances at the Museum of Modern Art (New York City) and the Henry Art Gallery (Seattle). He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
|Helen Schulman (Fiction) is the author of the novels This Beautiful Life, a New York Times Bestseller and Notable Book of 2011, A Day At The Beach, P.S., The Revisionist and Out Of Time, and the short story collection Not A Free Show. P.S. was also made into a feature film starring Laura Linney and was written by Helen Schulman & Dylan Kidd. She co-edited, along with Jill Bialosky, the anthology Wanting A Child. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in such places as Vanity Fair, Time, Vogue, GQ, The New York Times Book Review and The Paris Review. She is presently the Fiction Coordinator at The Writing Program at The New School where she is a tenured Associate Professor.|
|Deborah Landau (Director) is the author of Orchidelirium, which won the Anhinga Prize for Poetry, and The Last Usable Hour, a Lannan Literary Selection published by Copper Canyon Press. Her poems and essays appear in The Paris Review, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, TriQuarterly, The Best American Erotic Poems, Women’s Studies Quarterly, The Wall Street Journal, and The Harvard Review, among other publications. She was educated at Stanford, Columbia, and Brown, where she was a Javits Fellow and received a Ph.D. in English and American Literature. For many years she co-directed the KGB Bar Monday Night Poetry Series and co-hosted the video interview program Open Book on Slate.com. She is Clinical Professor and Director of the NYU Creative Writing Program.|
Program Dates: July 6-15 2013; January 4-13, 2014
Housing: Accommodations in Paris are available in a variety of different neighborhoods, configurations and price points.
TUITION & FEES
Tuition for Spring 2013 will be approximately $12,000. Fees are subject to a yearly increase; although the exact amount will be forthcoming in September, the current amounts for the 11-12 academic year are as follows:
Tuition per unit, per term: $1,382.00
Tuition per year (16 units): $22,112
Registration fees (based on 16 units of tuition per year) are calculated according to the following fee structure:
First unit Spring Term 2012: $462.00
Fee, per unit, for registration after first unit: $61.00.
Although departmental funding is not available, students may consult a list of external scholarships and grant opportunities here.
The MFA Writers Workshop in Paris is accepting applications for the July 2013 residency period. Students may apply for either the MFA in Fiction or in Poetry. All applicants must submit online using the GSAS Application Form only by March 15th, 2013. No portion of the application should be mailed directly. The GRE requirement has been waived for the MFA Writers Workshop in Paris. For more information about the program, including details on academics, housing, costs, and the application process, please contact the NYU Creative Writing Program at 212-998-8816 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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