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MFA in Creative Writing
Batten Arts and Letters 5000
Norfolk, VA 23529
Program director: Luisa Igloria
Program contact: Luisa Igloria
Phone: 757-683-3991 x3929
Degrees offered: MFA
Genres: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry
Type of program: Residency
Length of program: 3 years
Enrollment: 10-12 students/genre; 30-36 total
Total credits required: 54 hours
Application deadlines: February 15th for students seeking assistantships; March 1 for student who do not
Scholarships available: Yes, some scholarships available; please inquire
Core faculty: Fiction: Sheri Reynolds, Janet Peery, John McManus. Poetry: Luisa Igloria, Tim Seibles. Nonfiction: Michael Pearson. Plus – the Mina Hohenberg Darden Endowed Professor in Creative Writing
Assistantships: Yes (Teaching and Writers in Community)
Publishing/editing courses: Occasionally, a Publishing Fair or Festival
Literary magazine: Yes, Barely South Review
Reading series: Yes. Annual Literary Festival bringing in around 15 writers over 4 days
Recent visiting writers: Marilyn Chin, Denise Duhamel, Claudia Emerson, Richard Bausch, Mary Karr, Greg Bottoms, Douglas Kearney, Shara McCallum, Brian Turner, Blake Bailey, Bonnie Jo Campbell
Program description: Old Dominion University’s MFA
program in Creative Writing registers 25-35 students each semester in
fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. We have a 7-member creative-writing
faculty. In our 3-year, 54-hour program, students graduate not only as
writers but also as individuals competent in literary studies.
Already, our students have accomplished a great deal—nonfiction and fiction books with major publishers (St. Martin’s, Crown, Penguin), stories and poems appearing in national magazines, prestigious grants and awards. The core MFA faculty—Luisa Igloria, John McManus, Michael Pearson, Janet Peery, Sheri Reynolds, and Tim Seibles—have published many highly acclaimed books. Each of our writers is also a skilled and caring instructor. Several have won Outstanding Faculty Awards from the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia.
Old Dominion University is located in Hampton Roads, a vibrant community offering the best of several worlds—the ocean and bay, country and cityscapes, bookstores and bistros. Our Writers-in-Community Program gives MFA students the opportunity to facilitate writing workshops in schools, museums, libraries, hospitals, homeless shelters, housing projects, and retirement homes in the area. Students can also participate in the first- and second-year reading series at Borjo Coffeeshop in the University Village, and assist with ODU's internationally recognized annual literary festival. ODU's Writer-in-Residence Program (offered in both the fall and spring semesters) allows students to work one-on-one with respected poets and writers from around the country.
If ODU's MFA Program sounds good (and it is), we invite you to check out our website, or email Luisa Igloria, Graduate Program Director (links above).