Upcoming Residency Dates

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2025 Winter Oxfordshire Residency – Wroxton, England Campus, Friday, January 3 through Monday, January 13, 2025.

Mansion on Florham Campus

2024 Summer New Jersey Residency – Florham Campus, Friday, July 26 through Sunday, August 4, 2024

The biannual campus residencies are the heart center of our program. Many alumni report the residencies were their favorite part of their MFA experience. Residencies gather faculty and students together for master classes, workshops, craft talks, and guest author visits, as well as for writing, community, eating, reading, and enjoying the exceptional campuses and environs.

All students attend all the programming, which means everyone has the chance to work, learn, and consider other genres, and get to know all the mentors.

Residencies are intense learning experiences and integral to the coursework. Students attend a minimum of three residencies throughout their program. All new students start with a residency. Residency fees cover tuition, room, and board.  

The residencies offer individual conferences with mentors; group workshops; readings and instruction by distinguished visiting writers; presentations by publishing professionals; faculty lectures; student readings; and other literary activities. There also are several hours of unscheduled time for writing, revision, and socializing. 

Wroxton College is one of FDU’s most wonderful facilities. Students stay and study in the 17th-century Jacobean mansion known as Wroxton Abbey, once home to Lord North, the British Prime Minister at the time of the American Revolution. Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, the Cotswolds, and London are all nearby. The Winter Wroxton residency includes a free day, which many students use to visit London (about an hour away by train) or Oxford, which is a 15-minute train ride from the Abbey. The year-round staff of Wroxton are endlessly responsive and the Wroxton Residency will be a lifelong memory.

Past Visiting Writers

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  • Kendra Allen
  • Donald Antrim
  • Jami Attenberg
  • J. Mae Barizo
  • Sebastian Barry
  • Jo Anne Beard
  • Geoffrey Brock
  • Ada Calhoun
  • Edward Carey
  • Lucy Christopher
  • Heather Cleary
  • Rachel Cusk
  • Nicholas Dawidoff
  • Thomas Dooley
  • Stephen Dunn
  • Sara Farizan
  • Nick Flynn
  • Ruth Franklin
  • Mary Gaitskill
  • Amina Gautier
  • Vivian Gornick
  • Xiaolu Guo
  • Daniel Hahn
  • Amy Hempel
  • Mira Jacob
  • Gish Jen
  • Daisy Johnson
  • Cynan Jones
  • Ilya Kaminsky
  • Ken Kalfus
  • Kapka Kassabova
  • John Keene
  • Suki Kim
  • Yusef Komunyakaa
  • Hari Kunzru
  • Nina LaCour
  • Nick Laird
  • Ariel Levy
  • Tracey Lewis-Giggetts (FDU MFA)
  • Bei Ling
  • Katherine Locke
  • Larissa MacFarquhar
  • Hisham Matar
  • Elizabeth McCracken
  • Jon McGregor
  • Heather McHugh
  • Martha McPhee
  • David Means
  • Dante Micheaux
  • Lydia Millet
  • Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
  • Elizabeth Mitchell
  • Paul Muldoon
  • Sigrid Nunez
  • Andrew O’Hagan
  • Ruth Padel
  • Stephanie Paulsell
  • Dustin Pearson
  • Robert Polito
  • Marie Ponsot
  • Francine Prose
  • Paisley Rekdal
  • Sapphire
  • Sejal Shah
  • Brenda Shaughnessy
  • Evie Shockley
  • Charles Simic
  • Ali Smith
  • Zadie Smith
  • Christopher Sorrentino
  • Dana Spiotta
  • Wesley Stace
  • Natalie Standiford
  • Rebecca Stead
  • Darcy Steinke
  • Gerald Stern
  • Francisco Stork
  • Susan Tan
  • Brandon Taylor
  • Lynne Tillman
  • Colm Tóibín
  • Padma Viswanathan
  • Marina Warner
  • Colson Whitehead
  • Rita Williams Garcia
  • Jeannette Winterson
  • James Wood
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