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MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing

Fully Online Courses, No Residency

Discover Your Story

Accepting Applications for the August 27, 2018 Semester


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.

About the Degree

  • Classes start every January, May, and August
  • Convenient schedule, take courses full or part-time (39 credits)
  • Specialized training with tracks available in publishing and teaching
  • Flexible 100% online format, no residency requirement
  • Three-semester seminars with award-winning faculty mentors who provide close attention and guidance to help you perfect your craft
  • Workshop with small peer groups for intensive writing practice, feedback, and support
  • Summer creative writing seminar option in Ireland
  • Students learn in a small, intimate, highly dynamic and interactive online community 
  • Our mission is to assist students in becoming independent and successful learners by providing access to mentoring, tutoringlibrary resourcesacademic resources, and career services
  • Financial aid is available
  • No GMAT or GRE required

Upcoming Faculty Presentations

Lisa Romeo is the author of Starting with Goodbye: A Daughter’s Memoir of Love after Loss (University of Nevada Press). Her work is listed in Best American Essays 2016, and appeared in the New York Times, Brevity, Hippocampus, and Under the Sun. Lisa is a member of the founding faculty of BPU's online MFA program.

Join Lisa at Hippocamp: A Conference for Creative Nonficiton Writers, August 24-26, 2018 in Lancaster, PA. Lisa will be hosting two sessions: "A Night of Nonfiction: Debut CNF Author Readings & Discussion" on August 24 and "Reconstruction: Transforming Essays into a Narrative Memoir Manuscript (Create B7)" on August 26.