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Summer Residency

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Workshops, seminars and readings to enhance your MFA experience.

Summer residencies are integral parts of the MFA experience. The 14-day residency is held on the campus of Ashland University and features a rigorous schedule of workshops, seminars and readings. The 2017 Summer Residency will be held Saturday, July 15 through Saturday, July 29. The residency begins with a program dinner on Saturday, July 15. The final Saturday 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 mid-afternoon
  • late afternoon break
  • 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: Session I is spent working with the mentor with whom students will study in the fall. In Session II, students work with a second mentor, often of their choosing. Workshops are intimate and rigorous, taught by one faculty member. No more than five students are assigned to work with a faculty mentor at a time.

2017 Visiting Writers 

2017 Visiting Writer Terry Tempest Williams (c)2014 Zoe Rodriguez Photography 2017 Visiting Writer, Rebecca Makkai. Photo by Phillipe Matsas, Opale Dexter L. Booth 2017 Visiting Writer
Terry Tempest Williams,
Creative Nonfiction
Rebecca Makkai, Fiction Dexter L. Booth, Poetry

Each visiting writer presents a craft seminar and reading of his/her work. Additional craft seminars and readings are presented by MFA faculty and other guests. Past readings and craft seminars by visiting writers are available through this site.  Faculty seminars and readings are available by viewing faculty bios.

Meals and Housing

Students are housed on campus in air-conditioned apartments. Air-conditioned dorm rooms are available for those who prefer a single room.

While optional, shared meals with other MFA students, faculty, staff and visiting writers are an important part of building community in the MFA Program. MFA faculty, staff and visiting writers dine with MFA students during lunch and dinner. Details about room and board, including amenities, costs, etc., can be found on the Room and Board page.

Ohio Arts Council Support

The Ashland University MFA Program is grateful for the support of the Ohio Arts Council whose funding helps make this program possible.

Ohio Arts Council