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MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing

Fully Online Courses, No Residency

Discover Your Story.

Accepting Applications, Classes begin January 21, 2020


Bay Path's no-residency MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing is designed to help aspiring writers turn their personal story into publishable prose. Created for women and men at all stages of their writing careers, the program allows students to study online with faculty mentors in a way that bends to the shape of their lives.

Our award-winning MFA faculty are accomplished memoirists, journalists, food and travel writers, editors, and publishers with a wealth of real-world expertise. Work with a New York Times bestselling memoirist on the memoir you’ve always wanted to write. Discover your inner journalist with renowned magazine editors and newspaper columnists. Write about the life of the spirit with a recent winner of the Best American Spiritual Writing Award. Explore the world of travel and food writing with an author of numerous travel books. Learn the art of writing family histories with a literary anthology editor.

OUR Mfa IN creative NONFICTION writing has:
• Specialized training with tracks available in publishing and teaching
• Workshops with small peer groups for intensive writing practice, feedback, and support
• A summer creative writing seminar option in Ireland

What happens on this podcast? Vulnerability in action! Join Dr. Kristina Hallett and Kristin Sunanta Walker (Mental Health News Radio) with guest Leanna James Blackwell on the fears and self-sabotage (women especially) can use to silence their voices. We get enough of this from the world so let's NOT to this to each other. Listen now


Program Director, Leanna James Blackwell's longform essay, "Lethe," has been published by Creative Nonfiction Magazine's True Story. Leanna's Pushcart Prize-nominated essay is described thus: 

"In Greek mythology, a sip from the River Lethe offers oblivion to newly-perished souls. Braiding together the story of her parents’ whirlwind romance and memories from her troubled childhood, Leanna James Blackwell considers the lure of denial and the costs of remembering."


MFA faculty member Shahnaz Habib has won the JCB Prize for Literature for her translation of the novel Jasmine Days. She discusses what translating Benyamin’s Jasmine Days involved and what it means after winning the prize. Read the full interview here.