Admission Information

If Emerson has what you're looking for, here's what we're looking for: those who seek to create a life with writing at its center. We're looking for talented, aspiring artists with imaginative literary minds. You can start by telling us your story.

Writing Sample Requirement

In the MFA in Creative Writing program, you must be ready to focus your energy, commit to the words, immerse yourself in your craft, and make writing your life.

Other qualifications include a strong academic record and a writing sample that reflects your preferred genre. You are required to submit a maximum of 15 pages (double-spaced) of fiction or nonfiction or a maximum of 15 pages of poetry. Label the writing sample with your preferred genre as indicated on the application form. Screenplays and other dramatic scripts are not accepted. You must submit all materials to the Office of Graduate Admission.

Graduate Application Requirements

MFA Creative Writing applicants must complete the graduate application requirements as directed by the Office of Graduate Admission.




APR '14

Megan MarshallThe WLP Department and MFA Program extend congratulations to Associate Professor Megan Marshall, who has won a 2014 Pulitzer Prize for the biography Margaret Fuller: A New American Life (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

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Laura van den Berg

Laura van den Berg, MFA alumni and part-time WLP faculty, has been recognized by The American Academy of Arts and Letters for her collection of short stories, The Isle of Youth. She received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award, given to a “young writer of considerable talent for work published in 2013,” and a prize of $10,000.

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MAR ’14

Bill Knott, teachingBill Knott, poet and professor at Emerson for over 25 years, passed away on March 12, 2014 from complications with surgery. Here, John Skoyles, Associate Chair of the Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing, remembers Bill.
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Michelle Bailat-Jones has won the inaugural Christopher Doheny Award for her novel Fog Island Mountains. The award recognizes a book-length work of fiction or nonfiction exploring the experience of serious illness.It is awarded by the Center for Fiction in New York.
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JAN ’14

Kirsten ChenJanuary 2014 brings the publication and early acclaim for three debut novels by Emerson MFA alumni: Kirsten Chen (Fiction, 2009), James Scott (Fiction, 2007), and Andrew Ladd (Fiction, 2010).
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DEC ’13

Alexandria Marzono-LesnevichAlexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (Nonfiction, 2009) wins a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship and receives a Notable Essay selection in Best American Essays 2013.
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The WLP Department and the MFA Program extend congratulations to Matt Rasmussen (Poetry, 2003) for the outstanding success of his debut poetry collection: National Book Award Finalist, Walt Whitman Award and Pushcart Prize.
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NOV '13

Lauren JohnsonLauren Johnson (Nonfiction, 2014) is the winner of Glamour magazine nonfiction essay contest for writing about her service in the military and Afghanistan. Lauren received $5000, publication in the November 2013 issue of Glamour, and a meeting with a literary agent in New York. Pulitzer-prize winning novelist Jane Smiley was a judge.
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