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Summer Residency

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Workshops, Seminars and Readings to Enhance Your MFA Experience

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.

Typical Daily Residency Schedule

  • morning workshop
  • lunch in the University's dining hall
  • afternoon craft seminar led by a faculty mentor or a visiting writer
  • thesis defenses, class and individual meetings in late afternoon
  • catered dinner
  • evening reading by distinguished visiting writers and faculty mentors
  • after-hours student open mics and social gatherings

Writing Workshops

Summer workshops are split into two sessions. In each, students will spend several days working in a small group of 3-5 students and one faculty mentor. Sessions consist of peer feedback, discussion of assigned readings, and sometimes short writing assignments. Groupings change for the second session, ensuring a variety of feedback. 

Visiting Writers and Editors

Each summer, we invite visiting writers to give readings and craft seminars in addition to our faculty readings and seminars. Editors from literary journals and presses hold panel discussions and meet with students individually.

Ohio Arts Council Support

The Ashland University MFA Program is grateful for the support of the Ohio Arts Council. Their generous funding allows us to open most of our events to the public so that local writers can also benefit from the gifted writers and editors that are involved with this program. 

Ohio Arts Council