The University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing combines the energy of a forward-thinking low-residency program with the solid educational excellence of the very best creative writing programs in the nation. Stonecoast is one of the nation’s leading low-residency MFA programs, ranked in the top ten low-residency programs by Poets&Writers since 2010, and is known for providing a superb, open-minded, and progressive education in the art of writing. Learn more


Theses from 2019

James and Natasha and Other Tales of Loss, Love, and Discovery, Kathryn Marie Balteff

Seize, Lindsey Christina Barlow

Wired for Fear, Lee Bodkin


Too Cool, Lillian Margaret Cary

Hunt Trail: A Novel, Katherine Elizabeth Cosgrove

Writing the Underdog, Darcy Lee Duda


Tales from a Secondhand Minivan / War Child, Jennifer L. George


Time Away, Loren Hart Francis

The Stories in Our Bones, Jennifer Ihasz

Back Kingdom Road House, Shellie Anna Léger


Leaving Limbo, Martha McSweeney Brower


The Eternal Waters, Heather Meeks

The Not-So-Simple Truth, Jean Mullins


When the Redbud Wilts, Heather Dawn Mydosh

Running Alongside My Father, Donald Sumner Mullen

Night of the Living Rez: Stories, Morgan James Talty

Whish & Wilder / The Hungry Grass, Nitasia Timms


Forest Circus: Short Stories, Sidney Woods

Theses from 2018

Disambiguation, Emily Baer

Seize, Lindsey Barlow

The Anatomy of Melancholy, Carina Bissett

We Will Not Turn Back, Minerva Canto

Womb Begone, Jess Flarity

Beyond My Ken & Kin of Cain, Kenneth Gardner

Hair on Fire: Essays from a Life, Lee Kahrs