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Summer Residency

Steve Harvey and Jay Langley

Workshops, seminars and readings to enhance your MFA experience.

Summer residencies are integral parts of the MFA experience. The residency is held on the campus of Ashland University and features a rigorous schedule of workshops, seminars, and readings. The 2018 Summer Residency will be held Monday, July 23 through Friday, August 3. The residency begins with a program dinner on July 23. 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. 

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. 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