MFA in Nonfiction

Goucher's MFA in 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. 

M.F.A. in Nonfiction

4 Semesters

46 credits

1 Manuscript

Work-life Balance While Writing a Book

Best strategies for work-life balance while getting an M.F.A.? Join our webinar for a conversation about how our students and alums find time to write, read, and research while navigating career, family, and the rest of their lives. Wed. March 13 at 5 p.m.

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Mentors from the industry

The limited-residency format enables us to recruit faculty members from around the country who have excelled both as writers and teachers of 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 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 start in 1997, Goucher MFA students and alumni have published more than 110 books and have become Pulitzer finalists and winners of the Alicia Patterson Fellowship, Atlantic Media's Michael Kelly Award, the Sidney Award for best magazine essay, the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, 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.

Why choose Goucher?

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    WATCH NOW: "I really wanted to get a degree of diversity in forming my work both from instruction and community." -Porscha Burke '17 | M.F.A. in Nonfiction

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    WATCH NOW: "The quality of everything is so high." -Jess Phoenix '19 | M.F.A. in Nonfiction

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    WATCH NOW: "I wanted a degree that would not only help advance my writing skills, but something that fit particularly with my freelance career." -Stefan Slater '16 | M.F.A. in Nonfiction

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    WATCH NOW: "I wanted a place where I was safe, to improve my skills as a reporter, as a researcher." -Neda Semnani '15 | M.F.A. in Nonfiction

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    WATCH NOW: "Residency gives you the space to just focus..." -Shane DuBow '18 | M.F.A. in Nonfiction