Summer residencies are integral to the MFA experience. The residency is held on the campus of Ashland University and features a rigorous schedule of workshops, seminars, and readings. The 2019 Summer Residency will be held Monday, July 22 through Friday, August 2. The residency begins with a program dinner on July 22. The final Friday is a travel day.
Learn more about the MFA Summer Residency.
Upon entrance into the program, students choose a primary genre in which to work: poetry, creative nonfiction, or fiction (includes our sci-fi/fantasy track).
The MFA program encompasses three intensive two-week summer residencies, three online semesters of creative writing and critical reading, and one online semester of thesis preparation. Students are encouraged to begin the program with the summer residency, but they may opt to begin in the spring.
A limited number of graduate publishing assistantships are available for poetry students in the Master of Fine Arts program who work with the Ashland Poetry Press.
Graduate publishing assistantships are available to students who have taken ENG 631: Mentorship I and have selected poetry as their primary genre. Students are chosen for assistantships during the fall semester; decisions are based on faculty recommendations and a cover letter sent to the managing editor of Ashland Poetry Press.