The residence dorm at University Square is just one of the University’s commitments to a burgeoning campus whose expansion will eventually reach the shores of the Passaic River.
"The distance education model attracted me to Ashland because it is a model that reflects writing in real life, among the time constraints and busy schedules that plague us all.
I found that the two genres began to speak into one another in a way that impacted my writing unlike other programs where I would be limited to my genre alone." - Joan Hanna '11"I took away from the program a sense of willingness to risk, creatively and personally, and a sense of connection to others who are eager to expand their creative repertoire as writers.
I also regained my sense that writing lives most vitally when it grows into and out of rich relationships...
I learned also that writing in itself is a goal, a valuable end in itself. D., for sure." - David Mac Williams '11"[The program] gave me a place to start in getting down “to it.” The “it” being serious about writing.
For me, the program was an organized way to begin taking myself seriously and finally calling myself a writer--with no apologies." - Nancy Leinbach '11"I appreciated the combined creative nonfiction and poetry craft sessions and readings.Virtually no other program in the country gives students the opportunity to work in such a wide range of genres for elective credits.Those who choose Literature/Book Arts will work with photographer Nick Kline to design and publish a chapbook of their own work.Most of our classes, workshops and readings begin at p.m., Monday through Thursday, allowing students to commit to rigorous daily writing schedules, work day jobs, or raise families.Though we live in the real world more affordably than in Manhattan, Rutgers-Newark MFA faculty and students also comprise an arts community.Rutgers University-Newark is developing a respected and exciting MFA Program that will attract national and international applicants, yet we feel strongly about maintaining and deepening the University’s commitment to the diversity and flavor of the Rutgers University-Newark community.Our MFA Program is influenced and inspired by Newark, a community of long and remarkable history now enjoying a political and cultural Renaissance.Workshops are encouraged to adjourn at for drinks and refreshments at chic local eatery 27 Mix, Art Kitchen, or at one of many inexpensive Portuguese restaurants in the Ironbound.Newark is changing and thriving, and Rutgers University-Newark is changing with it.The Rutgers University-Newark MFA Program is a nationally ranked, 36 credit hour, studio/research program, which means that our writers study literature as they endeavor to write it.The program focuses strongly on 12 credit hours of Writing Workshop in a declared genre (one workshop, with permission of the department, may be cross-genre), and requires 6 thesis hours in which students work one-on-one with their mentor professors.