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Chris Feliciano Arnold, Ashland MFA Creative Nonfiction faculty
Chris Feliciano Arnold has written essays and journalism for The Atlantic, Harper's, Foreign Policy, Outside, Vice News, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, The Washington...Read more

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Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

We are currently accepting new applications from writers who wish to begin with our spring online semester (January 7-May 2). Read more... 

Welcome from Program Director

Christian Kiefer, MFA Director

Greetings from the eastern edge of the great Midwest, a place of marked contrasts and artistic furies: verdant summer days, fall colors to steeple the blood, stark beautiful winters, springtimes filled with the hum of bees and the silence of butterflies. And in the midst of such geographies: the village of Ashland, Ohio, more than two hundred years old and containing within its borders the creative spark you have been looking for all your life.  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...

Inside Look at Our 2018 Residency

This year's summer residency brought plenty of unfamiliar faces to our Ashland University campus, so while our students and faculty were able to grow familiar… Read more

2018 Summer Residency Highlights

H appy Summer! Campus is blooming, workshop packets are coming in, thesis manuscripts are going out to readers. And it's high time we started sharing… Read more

Ashland MFA Faculty and Staff at AWP Conference this March

The 2018 AWP Conference & Bookfair will be in Tampa, Florida, March 7-10. According to their website, the conference features over 2,000 presenters and 550… Read more

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