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MFA in Creative Nonfiction

New January Enrollment Available!

Bay Path College MFA Program

Earn your MFA in Creative Nonfiction without traveling farther than your keyboard.

Do you have a story to tell? Our unique, no-residency MFA is designed to help you turn your personal story into publishable prose. Created for busy women and men at all stages of their writing careers, the program allows you to study online with faculty mentors in a way that bends to the shape of your life. There is no time-consuming travel requirement. No inflexible class time schedule. No matter when and where you write—early morning at your kitchen table or late at night at the local café—you will receive the close attention and guidance you need to perfect your craft.

Bookcover of Do Not Go Gentle by Ann HoodOur 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 an international human rights reporter and author. Write about the life of the spirit with a recent winner of the Best American Spiritual Writing Award. Take a class in food writing with a popular food writer and National Public Radio personality. Explore the excitement of travel writing with a veteran lifestyle magazine editor and writer.

The Bay Path MFA lets you focus on themes of travel and food, women’sWoman working on laptop stories,cultural reporting, the spiritual journey, or a theme of your own devising. You will be mentored throughout the program and become part of a strong and supportive community of writers like you. Specialized tracks in publishing and teaching writing will prepare you to explore a career in the literary world after graduation. Throughout the two-year program, you’ll learn the techniques of outstanding writing, read and discuss important works of creative nonfiction, and work toward completing an MFA thesis (memoir, collection of essays, biography) that can pave the way toward sharing your work with the wider world.


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Bay Path University MFA offers new January enrollment option

Take up to 4 electives - including the summer Field Seminar in Ireland - before starting required MFA coursework in the fall.