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Manhattan + Southampton = MFA

The Stony Brook Manhattan Center for Creative Writing and Film

535 8th Avenue between 36 & 37th Streets, 5th floor

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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, and children's literature.

The MFA program in Creative Writing and Literature offers a selection of courses in Stony Brook's Manhattan facility during fall and spring terms.For a current list, go to Academics, click on the semester, and scroll down for Manhattan courses.

Admission to the creative writing Manhattan Track is not separate from the Southampton program, 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. Please note, however, that funded students are expected to spend their first year in Southampton.

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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 credit-bearing workshops during July at the Southampton Writers Conference.

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.

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.

We also invite applications from qualified writers who wish to participate as  non-matriculated students.

For more information about admission to Manhattan + Southampton MFA, please contact:

Stony Brook Manhattan
535 8th Avenue, New York, NY