Residency in Paris

Ashland MFA in Creative Writing Paris Residency

Write in the City of Light

ENG 502: MFA in Paris

You will embark on a twelve-day residency abroad, exploring the beautiful city of Paris through the eyes of a writer. Paris holds one of the greatest collections of cultural resources in the world, and its monuments, museums, parks, cafes, and shops will be our classroom. Students will participate in intensive workshops, discussions, readings, and in the literary and cultural life of the city as we begin to understand why Gertrude Stein said, “America is my country, and Paris is my hometown.”

The tour will include workshops with faculty mentors as well as craft seminars and evening readings with writers living in Paris.

Who May Participate?

  • Students enrolled in the Ashland University MFA Program. The Paris Residency is open to students at all levels in the program and counts toward graduation in replacement of summer residency in Ashland.
  • Ashland University MFA alumni.

Partners or other non-student traveling companions may join the group by paying a partial program fee to cover housing, administration, insurance, and other group fees.

Program Cost


$500 Deposit due by January 31, 2020

INCLUDED: Tuition (3 credit hours), housing, ground transportation in Paris, international health insurance, admission to the Louvre and other museums, Paris tour, and orientation.

NOT INCLUDED: Meals, airfare, expenses for passport, trip cancellation and interruption insurance, tips for drivers and guides, baggage fees

Deadlines and Payments

January 31- $500 Non-refundable deposit due**

Student Comments from Past Ashland MFA Paris Residency

"This trip increased my awareness in so many different areas. It's unreal & truly remarkable."

"Wonderful life changing experience in terms of developing my writing and affecting my cultural literacy."

"The best part was just being in Paris, being able to see it. Highlights for me were the D'Orsay and Cluny museums, Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, Notre Dame, the Seine and its islands, the Tuileries garden, cafes and shops, [and] street performers."

How to Apply

  1. Start an application with the Ashland University Study Abroad Office
  2. Submit deposit to the Global Education Office - 211 Bixler, 401 College Avenue, Ashland, OH 44805 - prior to the deadline.
  3. Writers who wish to receive university credit hours for this course must already be enrolled at Ashland University or must apply as a non-degree-seeking student. Alumni need not submit a writing sample or letters of recommendation.


Paige Webb, Administrative Director
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Rebecca Parillo
Global Education Office

**Exception: If the trip is canceled due to inadequate enrollment, deposits will be refunded.

group of students in Paris with visiting writer and faculty in a cafe