Academics

The MFA Program traditionally begins with the first of three intensive 14-day summer residencies, followed by three non-residential semesters of creative writing/critical reading and writing and one non-residential semester of thesis preparation. Students may opt to begin the program in the spring non-residential semester.

The MFA at Ashland offers a cross-genre option. Students may take one semester in another genre.

All non-residential courses and the writers' workshops during summer residencies are taught on a mentorship basis, with each faculty mentor working with no more than five students per class. Non-residential courses are taught online via Angel, in which students and faculty engage in lively discussions about common texts and occasionally workshop each other's writing.

Course Descriptions

MFA Course Sequence

Students beginning in the summer will have a projected schedule of courses as follows:

FIRST YEAR

Summer
Fall
Spring

ENG 501: Summer Residency I (3 credits)
ENG 631: Mentorship I (non-residential semester, 9 credits)
ENG 632: Mentorship II (non-residential semester, 9 credits)

  SECOND YEAR

Summer
Fall
Spring
Summer

ENG 502: Summer Residency II (3 credits)
ENG 633: Mentorship III (non-residential semester, 9 credits)
ENG 701: Mentorship IV: MFA Thesis (non-residential semester, 9 credits)
ENG 503: Summer Residency III (3 credits)

 Total: 45 credits


Alernate MFA Course Sequence

Students beginning in the summer will have a projected schedule of courses as follows:

FIRST YEAR

Spring
Summer
Fall

ENG 631: Mentorship I (non-residential semester, 9 credits)
ENG 501: Summer Residency I (3 credits)
ENG 632: Mentorship II (non-residential semester, 9 credits)

  SECOND YEAR

Spring
Summer
Fall
Spring
Summer

ENG 633: Mentorship III (non-residential semester, 9 credits)
ENG 502: Summer Residency II (3 credits)
ENG 701: Mentorship IV: MFA Thesis (non-residential semester, 9 credits)
Off*
ENG 503: Summer Residency III (3 credits)

 Total: 45 credits

 *Note that students enrolling in January will have a spring semester off between completion of ENG 701 and the final residency. Students are encouraged to continue working on their theses during this period.