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Converse College

Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing

Contact Information:

580 East Main Street

Spartanburg, SC 29302


Program director/contact: Rick Mulkey

Phone: (864) 596-9678


Program Information:

Degrees offered: MFA

Type of program: low-residency

Length of program: 2 years

Genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Enrollment: 34

Total credits required: 48

Application deadlines: February 15 for Summer Residency/Fall semester; October 1 for January residency/Spring Semester

Scholarships: yes (see website)

Assistantships: yes (see website)

Core faculty: Denise Duhamel, Robert Olmstead, Leslie Pietrzyk, Albert Goldbarth, Suzanne Cleary, Rick Mulkey, Marlin Barton, Susan Tekulve, Richard Tillinghast, Dan Wakefield, Jim Minick, Cary Holladay

Visiting faculty: C. Michael Curtis, Bruce Covey, Keith Lee Morris, Jenny Bent, Susan Ludvigson, Terra Chalberg,

Literary magazine: South85 Journal

Recent visiting writers: Allison Joseph, Pam Durban, Brock Clarke, Elizabeth Cox, Dorianne Laux, Jillian Weise

Program description: The MFA in Creative Writing is a two-year co-educational low residency program designed for serious, independent writers seeking advanced instruction in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction through a non-traditional course of graduate study. The program’s emphasis on the mastery and understanding of writing skills and contemporary literature and craft, through the master-writer and apprentice mentoring relationship, offers students a stimulating and individually tailored curriculum of courses and projects.

The degree requires 48 hours of graduate credit completed during four 9-day residencies at Converse College, offered twice annually (summer and in January), four mentoring semesters, a fifth graduating residency, the completion of a substantive critical project, and a book-length creative thesis. The program offers opportunities to gain editing experience through South 85 Journal and Hub City Press. A limited number of partial scholarships and assistantships are available to second year students.