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Ruth L. Schwartz, poetry, is the author of five books of poems: Miraculum (Autumn House Press, 2012), Dear Good Naked Morning (Autumn House Press, 2005),...Read more

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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...

October/November Calls for Submission

The Ashland MFA Program receives many calls for submissions and contest deadlines to share with its students and alumni. Journal Submissions The Woven Tale Press… Read more

2016 Summer Residency Craft Seminars and Readings

Watch or re-watch these craft seminars and readings from the 2016 Ashland MFA Summer Residency. Visit our website for more information on the faculty members… Read more

MFA Summer Residency Week 2 Themed Workshops

During Week 2 of our Summer Residency, some of our instructors have opted to focus on a specific theme. You will still be workshopping each… Read more

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