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BFA in Creative Writing

As the great writer and New Yorker James Baldwin once said, “You write in order to change the world.” As a Creative Writing major, you’ll hone your narrative and lyric styles, take artistic risks, and push past the limits of your imagination to build other realities, both on the page and in your community.


Why Study Creative Writing at MMC?

Join one of the few creative writing undergrad programs in the publishing capital of the United States. By being in New York City, you will engage with the city’s literary institutions and events. Readings, launches, book festivals, publishing networking opportunities, and a diverse writing community await.

Our workshop-based curriculum will sharpen your narrative skills in a supportive environment. Dedicated faculty and passionate fellow students will bring new perspectives to your work, offer individualized attention, and provide insightful feedback to make your writing even stronger.

You’ll also learn what it takes to get a piece from submission to publication through your work on our literary magazine. Students select, edit, lay out, and distribute the issue for a true hands-on experience in the world of publishing.


Faces of MMC

  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/989-farah-minwalla-11"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/265,0,1598,1333/8165_minwalla.rev.1453903277.jpg" alt="Farah Minwalla ’11" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>After MMC, Farah’s career redirected her to the music industry where she’s worked large-scale music festivals, toured with Ms. Patti LaBelle, and now serves as the Tour Production Coordinator for Cirque du Soleil.</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/989-farah-minwalla-11">Farah Minwalla ’11</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2011, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1412-greer-temnick-15"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/232,0,695,463/11158_g_temnick.rev.1453904166.jpg" alt="Greer Temnick" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>Temnick is an account executive for Lim<span class="pv-entity__secondary-title">óne Creative, a marketing and brand management company focusing in food, drink, fashion and lifestyle here in New York City. </span></em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1412-greer-temnick-15">Greer Temnick ’15</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2015, Major in <a href="/departments/english/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2074-penny-pun-17"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/0,0,838,792/23554_Screen_Shot_2019-12-06_at_1.04.27_PM.rev.1575655482.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>A double major in English and World Literatures and Writing for the Stage, Pun currently works for The Dramatists Guild of America as the National Conference Writing Workshop Coordinator.</em></p><div class="pts pbm _50f6"/></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/2074-penny-pun-17">Penny Pun ’17</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2017, <a href="/departments/english/">English and World Literatures</a> and <a href="/departments/theatre-arts/ba-program/writing-for-the-stage.php">Writing for the Stage</a> double major</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1001-ryan-lawlor-05"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/0,0,331,331/8173_r_lawlor.rev.1453903278.jpg" alt="Ryan Lawlor ’05" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p class="pv-top-card-section__headline mt1 Sans-19px-black-85%"><em>Ryan earned his Juris Doctorate degree at Saint John’s University School of Law and is now an Associate Attorney at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP in New York.</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1001-ryan-lawlor-05">Ryan Lawlor ’05</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2005, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1698-betsy-stepina-zinn-02"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/0,0,393,393/13656_stepina_zinn_edit.rev.1470174935.jpg" alt="Betsy Stepina Zinn ’02" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> An editor and art historian, Betsy started her career in art publishing and continues to edit for various museums and institutions as she works towards her Ph.D. in Art History at Rice University.</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1698-betsy-stepina-zinn-02">Betsy Stepina Zinn ’02</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2002, Major in <a href="/departments/english/">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3274-alexzandria-parker-17"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/0,10,409,421/22824_IMG_0996.rev.1571168368.jpg" alt="Alexzandria Parker '17" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“My classes and professors at MMC developed my skills that are useful in the marketing and public relations industry. Though the coursework of both the EWL and Communication Arts departments were relatively heavy, each professor took the personal time to individualize the course load that was relative to my future interests.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3274-alexzandria-parker-17">Alexzandria Parker ’17</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2017, Major in <a href="/departments/english/">English and World Literatures</a> and <a href="/departments/communication-arts/minor-journalism/">Journalism</a> minor</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/824-katie-coyle-08"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/6,0,472,466/7414_kcoyle.rev.1453903059.jpg" alt="Katie Coyle ’08" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> After graduating from MMC in 2008, <strong>Katie Coyle</strong> went on to receive her MFA in Fiction (2012) from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of the popular young adult fiction series, <em>Vivian Apple.</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/824-katie-coyle-08">Katie Coyle ’08</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2008, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2245-andrew-cox-15"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/0,0,190,190/16424_Cox_Andrew.rev.1512416549.jpg" alt="Andrew Cox '15" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>Cox is currently an Assistant International Sales analyst for Penguin Random House, one of the country’s largest publishing companies. </em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/2245-andrew-cox-15">Andrew Cox ’15</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2015, Major in <a href="/departments/english/">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1108-renee-watson-14"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/0,0,450,450/16491_2Watson_Renee.rev.1513802342.jpg" alt="Renee Watson" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>Watson is currently the Digital Operations Coordinator for Penguin Random House in New York City.</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1108-renee-watson-14">Renee Watson ’14</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2014, Major in <a href="/departments/english/">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2077-taylor-morgan-13"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/389,335,1581,1527/15821_morgan_taylor.rev.1501510450.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>Taylor Morgan ’13 is the co-owner of Amborella Organics with partner Brennan Clarke. Launched in 2016, Amborella Organics makes organic lollipops with edible herbs and flowers on seed-bearing sticks. Once enjoyed, the biodegradable stick can be planted, producing flowers or herbs. The goal: fostering human connection and sustainability, one lollipop at a time. </em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/2077-taylor-morgan-13">Taylor Morgan ’13</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2013, Major in <a href="/departments/english/">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2530-kayleigh-barbarulo-18"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/0,0,1103,879/17770_IMG_0045_EDIT.rev.1527795113.JPG" alt="Kayleigh Barbarulo" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>In addition to her work in the Honors Program and Teaching Apprenticeship during her senior year, Kayleigh enrolled in our joint-MS program with Pace University where she will earn her Masters in Publishing in 2019.</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/2530-kayleigh-barbarulo-18">Kayleigh Barbarulo ’18</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2018, Major in <a href="/departments/english/">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1009-brianna-stimpson-12"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/0,0,869,873/8181_brianna.rev.1453903280.jpg" alt="Brianna Stimpson ’12" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>After a year abroad and traveling through southeast Asia, Stimpson returned to the US and worked for NPR in Washington, D.C., collaborating with the Executive Producer in content and technical logistics of producing panel discussions, musical, and theatrical productions. She is currently working as a media specialist for MLB Advanced Media, the Internet and interactive branch of Major League Baseball. </em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1009-brianna-stimpson-12">Brianna Stimpson ’12</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2012, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>