What Makes MPW Unique?

A multi-genre approach that includes several disciplines: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, writing for stage and screen, and new media

An esteemed faculty of working writers

Small, collaborative workshop settings

One-on-one mentorship

Panel discussions with leading industry figures, as well as guest lectures and readings by notable authors

Proximity to Los Angeles' entertainment and literary industries

A proven track record of launching professional careers in creative writing


We are pleased to announce a new opportunity offered by the Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA):

Current students may either:

  • complete their remaining requirements at USC no later than Spring 2016 to obtain a MPW degree from USC;
  • receive full transfer credits from USC’s MPW program and complete their remaining requirements to obtain a MFA degree in writing from VCFA.

MPW alumni are welcome to informally affiliate with VCFA’s graduate writing program.

For more information: http://vcfa.edu/professional-writing

About Vermont College of Fine Arts: Vermont College of Fine Arts is a national center for education in the arts, fostering the excellence of emerging and established artists, while advancing the arts to create a more humane world. It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and offers the Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing, Writing for Children & Young Adults, Visual Art, Music Composition, Graphic Design, and Film.


  • Master of Professional Writing Program
  • University of Southern California
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • Mark Taper Hall of Humanities, THH 355
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-0355