The UMass Boston Creative Writing MFA Program began in Fall 2007 with 6 fiction writers and 5 poets, entering as the first cohort here for the three year stay.
Today we can boast that our program has graduated more than 80 students from locations all across the globe!
Fall 2016 will begin our TENTH year and the Creative Writing MFA Program has established itself as a major part of Boston's ongoing literary history.

Our MFA students are very active in the literary community in and around Boston. Current and past projects include:

  • organizing a monthly reading series at Brookline Booksmith
  • teaching creative writing to public school students at Boston Public Library and partnering with 826 Boston
  • managing the Breakwater Review, an online literary journal (including the Peseroff Prize, a $1000-prize (and publication) contest, named in honor of retired MFA Program Poetry Prof. Joyce Peseroff!)
  • organizing and managing the award-winning Write on the DOT
  • attending the National AWP (Association of Writers &Writing Programs) Conference annually
  • Hosting monthly neighborhood community Pubnights
  • Hosting multiple SUBMIT-A-THON!s semesterly, resulting in students, alumni and friends getting works published!