The College of Saint Rose Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program provides serious writers with the opportunity to develop their craft within a supportive and challenging academic community of creative writers and literary scholars. This full-residency program allows students to work rigorously within their chosen genres in workshops, and to complete a full-length creative work as a thesis.

Our small, intimate program setting allows for easy access and strong mentoring by accomplished faculty members who are deeply committed to their students. In addition to our full-time faculty, the presence of Visiting Writers each semester provides students with an opportunity to study with a variety of writers.

In the 48-credit MFA in Creative Writing, the focal point of the curriculum is the writing workshop. Students will have opportunities to work on poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, and cross-genre projects. They will explore a wide range of literary styles, from traditional through avant-garde. In literature and theory classes, students will examine literary and theoretical texts as they deepen and broaden their academic writing.

The required Practicum provides real-world opportunities for students to work in professional settings. Students choose from a range of writing-related fields designed to further their interests and enhance their career potential: teaching in traditional and non-traditional classrooms; editing our literary journal, The Pine Hills Review; working on our reading series, Frequency North; or working at non-profit organizations.

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Kenneth Krauss has written three critical studies: Private Readings/Public Texts (Fairleigh Dickinson, 1993) and The Drama of Fallen France (2004) and Male Beauty (2014), both published by SUNY Press.  He has edited versions of Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis and The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays by Oscar Wilde for Barnes & Noble Classics and also co-edited a collection of essays on Maxwell Anderson.  His play, There’s a War Going On, produced at Wings in 1993, was published in 1996 (Dialogus).  His produced playscripts include translations of Euripides’ Electra and Seneca’s Medea; Out of Nowhere, at Raw Space in 2000; and Don’t Stand in the Doorway, which ran (1977-78) at The Provincetown Playhouse.  In addition to a children’s TV musical (Stone Soup) and the screenplay for Killer Nurse, he has had five plays performed as readings.  He is currently working on a book about theatricalization and sexual identity in Giacomo Casanova’s Histoire de me Vie.  He has numerous directing credits.

Daniel Nester is the author most recently of Shader: 99 Notes on Car Washes, Making Out in Church, Grief, and Other Unlearnable Subjects (99: The Press 2015)Previous books include How to Be Inappropriate (Soft Skull, 2010), God Save My Queen I and II (Soft Skull, 2003 and 2004), and The Incredible Sestina Anthology (Write Bloody, 2014), which he edited. His writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Morning NewsThe Rumpus, Best American Poetry,  Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll, and Now Write! Nonfiction.

Hollis Seamon is the author of two novels: Somebody Up There Hates You (Algonquin Young Readers) and Flesh (Avocet Press).  She is also the author of two short story collections:  Corporeality (Able Muse Press), winner of the 2014 Independent Press Gold Medal Award for short fiction, and Body Work (Spring Harbor Press).  Somebody Up There Hates You has been published in French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese editions and was named a 2014 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults title and Kirkus Reviews Best of Teen Fiction 2013.  Dieu Me Deteste, the French version of the novel, won the 2015 CBPT Prix Litteraire 18-30 from the Union Nationale Culture et Bibliotheques Pour Tous as the best novel of the year for readers ages 18-30.  Seamon’s short stories have appeared in many literary journals, including Bellevue Literary Review, Greensboro Review, Chicago Review, Calyx, and Persimmon Tree.

 Rone Shavers is a writer who publishes in multiple genres. His fiction has appeared in various journals know for showcasing innovative work, including ACM: Another Chicago, Nth Word, Pank magazine, Thought Catalog, and Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas, while his non-fiction essays and essay-length reviews have appeared in such diverse publications as BOMB Magazine, EBR: Electronic Book Review, Fiction Writers Review, the Los Angeles Reader, and The Quarterly Conversation. Shavers teaches fiction and contemporary literature.

Barbara Ungar has published four full-length poetry collections: Immortal Medusa and Charlotte Brontë, You Ruined My Life, both from The Word Works; Thrift (Word Tech); and The Origin of the Milky Way, which won the Gival Press Poetry Award, an Independent Press Silver Medal Award for poetry, the Adirondack Center for Writing Poetry Award, and a Hoffer award. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including Rattle, Salmagundi, The Minnesota Review, Cream City Review, Atticus Review, Literal Latté, and The Nervous Breakdown. She is also the author of Haiku in English and several poetry chapbooks.


  • Current: Bernadette Mayer, 2015 Guggenheim fellowship in poetry. Eating the Colors of a Lineup of Words: The Collected Early Books of Bernadette Mayer
  • Past:    Gregory Pardlo, 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Digest.
    Elisa Albert, After Birth, Fiction
    Dave King, The Haha, Fiction
    Sparrow, America: A Prophecy, Creative Nonfiction
    Chris Millis, God and California, Screenplay Writing

Our MFA students have published in the following journals:

Cooper Street
Creative Nonfiction,
Drunk Monkeys
Elite Daily
Literature and the Arts
The Rumpus
South 85
Thought Catalog
Up the River.