Spalding University MFA in Writing :: Creative Writing Programs :: NewPages Guide
MFA in Writing (low-res)
851 S. Fourth St.
Louisville, KY 40203
Program director: Sena Jeter Naslund
Program contact: Karen J. Mann
Phone: 800-896-8941, ext. 4400 or 502-873-4400
Degrees offered: MFA in Writing (Spalding’s School of Liberal Studies offers a BFA; see www.spalding.edu)
Genres: Fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for children and young adults, screenwriting, playwriting
Type of program: Low residency
Length of program: 4 semesters
Enrollment: About 100 per semester in fall and spring and about 40 in summer
Total credits required: 64 credit hours
Application deadlines: January 15 for spring semester; February 1 for summer semester; July 1 for fall semester (but accepts application at any time)
Scholarships available: Yes
Core faculty: Sena Jeter Naslund, K. L. (Kenny) Cook, Robin Lippincott, Silas House, Molly Peacock, Greg Pape, Jeanie Thompson, Roy Hoffman, Dianne Aprile, Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Lesléa Newman, Sheila Callaghan, Eric Schmiedl, Brad Riddell, and see www.spalding.edu/mfa for a complete list.
Teaching assistantships: No, but offers graduate assistantships for student editors of The Louisville Review, office assistants, and newsletter editor
Publishing/editing courses: Each residency a member of the publishing community is invited to talk to our students
Literary magazines: The Louisville Review, a national literary magazine since 1976
Reading series: Spalding’s Festival of Contemporary Writing in spring and fall
Recent visiting writers: Jacqueline Woodson, Barry Lopez, Ann Patchett, Yusef Komunyakaa, Claudia Emerson, Terry Tempest Williams, Marsha Norman, Heather Raffo, Michael Ondaatje, Susan Vreeland, W.S. Merwin, Scott Russell Sanders, Naomi Shihab Nye, Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), Nancy Willard, Donna Jo Napoli. For a complete list, see www.spalding.edu/mfa
Program description: Our four-semester, brief-residency MFA in Writing combines superb instruction with unparalleled flexibility. Each semester of the program begins with a ten-day residency, in which students and faculty gather for an intensive workshopping and learning experience.
At the conclusion of the residency, students return home to study independently 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 to meet each student at his or her level of writing.
Students may customize the location, season, and pace of their studies. The same amount of writing is required in each option:
- Spring (May) and fall (November) residencies in Louisville, each followed by a 6-month semester in which students may expect to spend about 25 hours a week on their writing and reading\
- Summer (June/July) residency abroad (2012: Paris and 2013: Dublin/Galway . . .) followed by a 9-month semester in which students may expect to spend 12-15 hours a week on their writing and reading
- Summer "stretch" option, combining the spring Louisville residency with the 9-month summer semester schedule
- A combination of spring, summer, and fall semesters
Program Director Sena Jeter Naslund, author of the bestselling Ahab's Wife, Four Spirits, Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette, and Adam & Eve brings more than thirty-five years of teaching experience in regular and low-residency graduate programs to the Spalding MFA Program.