Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Stage & Screen at the New Hampshire Institute of Art

MFA Writing for Stage and Screen






NHIA Graduate Programs

Our program focuses on developing each student’s own creative process and the works that evolve from that process.  It’s structured to attract exceptionally talented writers from throughout the US and beyond who are seeking to immerse themselves in an intensive, challenging artistic experience.  The Writing for Stage and Screen program guides students through (1) the creation of new work for both stage and screen, (2) the initial testing of that work with SAG and AEA actors and other industry professionals, and (3) the preparation to enter the professional playing field with the skills, know-how, and networking necessary to launch a meaningful writing career.  The end result is for every graduating student to have created a substantial body of work that evidences a solid understanding of what it takes to write successful and producible scripts for the stage or screen as well as the means and methods to achieve that goal. 




MFA Writing for Stage and Screen Residency

As a single, working mother of 4, I needed to find a low-residency program that could fit around my schedule and needs. I also was looking for a program that would allow me to push the limits of my writing. The NHIA MFA program in Writing for Stage and Screen, does all that and more. The faculty is amazingly talented and supportive, and I've been astounded by the quality of work produced by the students. I've left each 10-day residency totally inspired, and my mentors and advisors have given me a perfect balance of assistance, encouragement and autonomy to create. ~ Current Student, Hilary Bluestein-Lyons

Graduate Program Events Learn more about our supportive and collaborative community of students, faculty, mentors, writers, and visiting artists! In our low-residency graduate programs, students develop a network of colleagues and build a sustainable career in the arts.



Manchester Campus, 148 Concord Street, Manchester, NH 03104
Sharon Arts Center Campus, 30 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH 03458 

“In NHIA’s Graduate Programs, we believe that the cross-disciplinary dialogue that emerges when our faculty and students are together will inspire and embolden anyone looking to launch a sustainable art career through an MFA, MAAE, or MAT. We have an exceptional community of artists and writers at NHIA! I invite you to join us at one of our upcoming events so you can witness the energy and cross-pollination for yourself” – Lucinda Bliss, Graduate Programs Dean

Friday, April 21 | Alison Hawthorne Deming Reading and Book Signing | River Run Bookstore, Portsmouth, NH | 6:00pm Meet NHIA’s Dean and MFA Creative Writing Director; 6:30pm Reading
Saturday, April 22 | NHIA Open House | Manchester Campus | 9am - 1pm
Saturday, June 24 | MFA Residency Visit Day | Manchester Campus | 9am-1pm
Monday, July 17 | MAAE Residency Visit Day | Manchester Campus | 9am-1pm 

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