The Spalding MFA: “A Top 10 Low-Residency MFA Program” (Poets & Writers)
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Spalding University's four-semester, low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program combines superb instruction with unparalleled flexibility. During each semester, students and faculty work together at a ten-day residency (in Louisville, KY or abroad), after which they return home to study independently through an exchange of five packets of writing with a faculty mentor. The Summer 2014 residency will take place in Prague and Berlin. The fall semester is November 14-23 in Louisville.
- Ideally suited to the writing life: study with a great community of writers and write in your own home
- Ten-day residencies feature intensive, supportive workshops, lectures, and panel discussions with award-winning faculty
- Specialized tracks in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for children and young adults, screenwriting, and playwriting
- One-on-one correspondence with faculty mentor, post-residency
- Mix and match options for fall and spring residencies in Louisville and summer residencies in international destinations
Poetry faculty members are Debra Kang Dean, Kathleen Driskell, Shane McCrae, Maureen Morehead, Greg Pape, and Jeanie Thompson.
During the intense ten-day residency that begins each semester of the program, students and faculty gather for a full day of classtime that involves workshops, lectures, reading, and other learning experiences. At the conclusion of the residency, students continue through independent study, one on one, with a faculty mentor for the rest of the semester. During the semester, each instructor supervises a small number of students, and each student's program is highly individualized. Students may customize the location, season, and pace of their studies.
Program Director Sena Jeter Naslund, author of the bestselling Ahab's Wife, Four Spirits, Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette, and Adam & Eve, has taught more than forty years in traditional and low-residency graduate programs. She says, "Low-residency master of fine arts programs generally result in excellent writing by mature and highly motivated graduate students who find a high degree of satisfaction in the experience." The Spalding MFA in Writing Program is designed to be intellectually stimulating and emotionally supportive. Because of her many years of experience, Sena has seen, firsthand, the advantages of the low-residency format for students who desire to write and has instituted many innovative features to enhance the curriculum.
During the program, when writing habits are established, the student works within a natural home setting, not removed to an isolated, solely academic environment. Because the student is engaged in independent study during the semester, jobs and domestic activities need not be interrupted.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org and request brochure FA70. See spalding.edu/mfa for information about the program's innovative curriculum and special features. More information at facebook.com/SpaldingMFA and on the faculty blog.