Support Beyond Graduation
Because all of the faculty and staff of the MFA program are also working writers, we understand that matriculation in an MFA program is only one phase in a writer's life, and a brief one at that. We also know that if an MFA program is about educating you on how to create your best art, there are sometimes a different set of skills required to share that art with a larger audience, sustain a productive writing life and stay in touch with a community of writers. With that in mind, we offer several different programs designed to develop the writer's career beyond the MFA.
On-going Support and Community Building
In an effort to help our alumni stay connected to one another after graduation, we maintain a robust Facebook group for students and alumni, where we post any contests and calls for submission that come through the program office. Students and alumni (and some faculty, too) post their questions, their milestones, and writerly news and resources. We also post a student and faculty newsletter on our website, updated every few months. The Queens MFA is a member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), one of country's largest writing organizations. We attend the AWP Conference every year, where we host an informal gathering of students, alumni and faculty.
The Biennial Alumni Weekend
This program is held every two years and features craft seminars, publishing panels, and the opportunity for students and alumni to workshop with high profile agents and senior editors from publishing houses and magazines both large and small. Past Alumni Weekends have included editors from Henry Holt, Penguin, Farrar Straus & Giroux, The New Yorker, the Paris Review, the Antioch Review and Tin House. Agencies represented have included International Creative Management, the Denise Shannon Agency, the Anne Edelstein Agency, the Steinberg Agency, the Gernert Company, and McCormick and Williams. Learn more about the MFA Alumni Weekend.
The One-Book Semester
Designed for writers with a draft of book-length manuscript already completed, this special program pairs a writer with an editor from a major publishing house. Past editors have come from Henry Holt, Farrar Straus & Giroux, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Red Hen, Viking, Penguin and Riverhead. Learn more about the One Book Semester.