Manhattan + Southampton = MFA

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The Manhattan Track is a way for students who live in New York City to get advanced training in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, essay, memoir, directing, playwriting, screenwriting, and acting. The MFA programs in Creative Writing and Literature and Theatre offer a selection of courses in Stony Brook's Manhattan facility during fall and spring terms.

Admission to the Manhattan Track is not separate from the Southampton programs, nor is special consideration given to whether an applicant intends to do coursework primarily at one location or the other. In fact, a sizable minority of our students take classes at both.

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Talented creative writers accepted into Stony Brook Southampton can earn an MFA degree almost exclusively with Manhattan Track courses, but they must take 4 credits in Southampton to fulfill a residency requirement. They typically do this by combining Manhattan courses with 2- or 3-credit workshops during July at the Southampton Writers Conference.

For the Theatre degree, coursework in Southampton during the fall and/or spring terms is required.  See Academics for Theatre requirements.

To accommodate our diverse community, we offer flexible course schedules and innovative course design, including weekend intensives, independent study, and regular evening workshops. In Manhattan as in Southampton, our faculty members are known not only for their writing, but also for their careful attention to the work of our students.

We also invite applications from qualified writers who wish to participate as non-matriculated students. Current students in our program display a range of interests and experience; they include recent college graduates, post-career professionals, working journalists, secondary school teachers, editors, and professors seeking to make a transition from scholarly to creative writing. We welcome all who seek instruction that is friendly, rigorous, professionally useful, and intellectually challenging.

For more information about admission to Manhattan + Southampton MFA, please contact: southamptonarts@stonybrook.edu

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