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William Haywood Henderson Ashland University MFA Fiction Faculty
William Haywood Henderson is the author of the novels Native , The Rest of the Earth, and Augusta Locke ( finalist for the Spur Award,...Read more

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Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

We are currently accepting new applications from writers interested in joining our program during the 2016 summer residency, July 16-July 30, 2016. Qualified non-degree students are also welcome to join us for the summer only. Information on 2016 visiting writers and events is available via our Summer Residency tab. Most events will be open to the public. Read more... 

Note from the Director

Stephen Haven, DirectorThe Ashland MFA program offers degree tracks in poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction, with a cross-genre option available to students interested in more than one genre. The MFA in Creative Writing 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...

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

Calls for Submission - April

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

Calls for Submission - March

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