SMC MFA in Creative Writing offers Teaching Fellowships and an Editorial Fellowship

Mary Journal Managing Editor Fellowship

The MARY Journal Managing Editor receives a partial tuition waiver, a $2,000 stipend their first year, and a $5,000 stipend during their second year. They receive mentorship by the current Managing Editor during their first year, serving as Assistant Editor, and they assume the role of Managing Editor during their second year. No additional essay is needed to apply to the fellowship, but please indicate your interest in your personal statement.


Applicants can apply for Teaching Fellowships when they apply for admission to the MFA Program. 

If you would like to be considered for a Teaching Fellowship in Composition, please submit an additional essay of up to 1,000 words describing your teaching experience or other relevant experience (i.e., editing, tutoring, coaching, professional writing, or any other distinguishing writing or mentoring experience), as well as your interest in and reasons for applying to the fellowship(s). Please be sure to comment on your teaching philosophy and include details about your values, beliefs, and approaches as a teacher. One of your letters of recommendation should address your relevant experience. Teaching Fellows remain eligible for merit-based scholarships.

The Teaching Fellowship prepares three fellows, one from creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, to teach composition at the college level. Teaching Fellows spend the fall semester of their first year as interns in an English 4 undergraduate composition course. They are mentored by an experienced composition professor. After successful completion of the internship, each fellow is then able to teach his or her own composition course as a Lecturer in the fall semester of their second year. The Composition Fellowship pays a stipend of $5,000 in the first year and approximately $6,800 in the second year. 


Hear from past MFA Teaching Fellows

"If you want to pursue teaching at the college level, I cannot recommend the Composition Fellowship enough. Even though I already had a Masters of Education coming into the program, the experience I gained during the Fellowship helped me prepare for the college classroom more than any amount of education could have. The mentoring I received from a seasoned teacher during my first semester internship was invaluable, and there was nothing like having twenty students' college education entrusted to me and me alone during my semester as a Lecturer. And that's what it's really all about, isn't it? We ourselves are responsible for helping our students thrive."-- Chase Manning (Fiction, MFA '14)

"Getting to teach at St. Mary's was such an important and fulfilling experience, both as a teacher and as a writer. When I say "getting to," I mean it--by the time I graduated, I felt like the teaching fellowship was something I was lucky to have done. The fellowship allowed me terrific mentoring opportunities, the experience of planning and teaching my own course, and the chance to work with truly wonderful students."--Jill Kolongowski (Creative Nonfiction, MFA '14)

"Teaching at St. Mary's has helped me gain valuable experience working with an energetic group of students who are committed to learning (even when class starts at 8 AM!).  While I have taught at both the high school and college levels, I've picked up some great ideas and classroom methods from my mentor teacher along with the other Composition faculty members here!"--Maria Judnick (Creative Nonfiction, MFA '13)

"I was eager to teach, but there were so many things I didn't know about how a class really operated. My teaching fellowship gave me the opportunity to be mentored by a professor before I took the leap. Heading into my very first class, I knew I had learned the skills required to truly serve my students."--Mary Paynter Sherwin (Poetry, MFA '13)