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Daniel W. Lehman is trustees’ distinguished professor of English. He is author of John Reed and the Writing of Revolution (Ohio University Press) and Matters...Read more

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Welcome to our new MFA Director, Christian Kiefer

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Christian Kiefer will join Ashland University as the new Director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Associate Professor of English, effective January 1. Kiefer is genuinely excited about directing the program and becoming part of the Ashland University community. He exudes the kind of warmth and openhearted collegiality that we value so much in the MFA and the department at large. Please take some time to welcome him!  Read more. 

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

We are currently accepting new applications for writers who wish to begin our program with the spring 2017 online semester (January - April). Read more... 

Note from the Director

Dan Lehman, DirectorAshland University twelve years ago initiated the only two-genre low-residency MFA Program in the country, with a cross-genre option and separate degree tracks in poetry and creative nonfiction. Due to deep interest among writers, the MFA added a fiction track three years ago to build on its established successes. Across all three genres, the program is characterized both by an insistence on high aesthetic standards for the creation of new literature and by an emphasis on a supportive community of writers. Read More...

Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing:

  • Degree tracks in one primary genre: poetry, creative nonfiction, or fiction
  • Cross-genre options for students interested in more than one genre
  • Single, annual-residency model: 14 days each summer for three summers
  • Six total weeks of intensive residencies on campus during entire program
  • Four non-residential semesters of study via the internet
  • Maximum of five students per faculty mentor
  • Writing packets exchanged four times per semester
  • On-going, intensive online discussion of assigned books

The low-residency format of our creative writing graduate programs is based on the sort of mentorship relationships that informed the development of many accomplished writers prior to the establishment of traditional, residential MFA Programs. Throughout all aspects of the Ashland MFA Program, students will:

  • Connect with and learn from distinguished writers
  • Develop writing relationships to last a lifetime
  • Build a basis in reading for a life of writing
  • Create and revise original materials in chosen genre(s)
  • Complete a book-length manuscript
  • Deepen an ability to assess literature critically
  • Re-energize a commitment to the literary arts

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From the Ashland MFA Blog...

Recommended Reading- December 2016

Starting this month, the Ashland MFA will share books recommended by our program’s faculty. We're including instructional guides, anthologies, and classics of the craft, all… Read more

Ashland University MFA at AWP

Ashland MFA faculty members and alumni are represented on multiple panels at the AWP Conference in Washington, DC, February 8-11, 2017. Below is a list… Read more

Calls for Submission - November/December

Each month, the Ashland MFA Program receives calls for submissions and contest deadlines, which it publicizes in its monthly newsletter. Listed below are this month's… Read more

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