Academics

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 14-day summer residencies, three non-residential semesters of creative writing and critical reading, and one non-residential semester of thesis preparation. Students are encouraged to begin the program with the summer residency, but they may opt to begin in the spring.

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 Blackboard, in which students and faculty engage in lively discussions about common texts and workshop each other's writing. See our course descriptions.

Instructor and student laughing in workshop while reviewing a marked up manuscript.

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


Alternate MFA Course Sequence

Students beginning in the spring 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.

Acessibility

The Student Accessibility Center works one-on-one with students to ensure that all coursework and events are fully accessible. The Center offers a tremendous amount of resources and services, including text-to-speech software. Please contact Silvia Henriss at shenriss@ashland.edu or 419.289.5904 to learn more or to set up an appointment.

2019-2020 Program Handbook (PDF)