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MFA in Creative Writing

Launching in June 2024.

The MFA in creative writing at Hood College is the only low-residency fiction and poetry program in Maryland. Funding opportunities are available. Contact us today to learn more about becoming part of this innovative new program. 

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Find Your Rhythm 

Our low-residency MFA in creative writing combines flexibility with structure. Through a balance of independent study and one-on-one consultations with faculty mentors, you will gain confidence, self-discipline and practical knowledge of publishing. 

Find Your Community 

Each summer, you will convene on campus for a 10-day writing intensive residency. Alongside a diverse group of students and special guest faculty, you will participate in collaborative workshops and attend lectures, panels and readings, fully immersing yourself in the writing life. You may also opt to attend a study abroad residency in Prague. 

Find Your Voice 

Whether you study fiction or poetry, you will gain a well-rounded foundation in literary theory and practice, as you prepare a book-length manuscript. Learn firsthand how to draft, polish and prepare your best work for publication. 

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The Hood Difference


Our tuition rates are some of the lowest in the region.

Expert Faculty

Our distinguished professors are practitioner-based and maintain industry connections in their respective fields.

Diversity & Inclusivity

Our graduate school population comprises more than 1,000 students from 19 states and 25 different nations.

Convenience & Location

Our proximity to the I-270 corridor connects students with the greater metro area, including Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Ready to Go Further?