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Goucher's MFA in Creative Nonfiction program is ideally suited to a writer's development, providing you with the one-on-one supervision of a faculty mentor, while allowing you the freedom and solitude to develop the skills and discipline you need to succeed. 

The limited-residency format enables us to recruit faculty members from around the country who have excelled both as writers and teachers of creative nonfiction. Coming from successful careers as published authors and as editors and writers for such publications as The New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly, they are adept at working with a wide range of student interests-narrative, memoir, personal essay, literary journalism.   

With its unique focus on a single genre and its strong professional emphasis on publishing, Goucher's MFA in Creative Nonfiction has gained a reputation as the best in its field.  We are committed to preparing our students for writing careers. We bring editors and agents to the summer residencies and lead discussions on such practical matters as writer finances. We also sponsor annual trips to New York, where second-year students meet with some of publishing's top editors and agents.  

Since the program's founding in 1997, Goucher MFA students and alumni have published more than 90 books and garnered such honors as a finalist for the  Pulitzer Prize, Atlantic Media's Michael Kelly Award, the Sidney Award for the best magazine essays of 2012, the New York Book Festival Award for best historical memoir, and the Southern Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction. Most of the books have grown out of the 150-page MFA manuscripts required for graduation - the one you, too, will walk away with at the end of your two years at Goucher. 

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Fall 2017 Admissions Deadlines
Scholarship Deadline April 24, 2017
Application Deadline May 22, 2017


Earl Swift
Earl Swift
"I found the teachers I sought at Goucher - a faculty at once generous, demanding, honest and disciplined, all of them great writers themselves and devoted to sharing what they'd learned about the craft. What I didn't expect was the way that faculty, combined with a few dozen hungry, talented students, forms an amazing community"