Summer Residency

Workshops, Seminars, & Readings to Enhance Your MFA Experience

Summer residencies are integral to our MFA community. The residency is held on the campus of Ashland University and features a rigorous schedule of workshops, seminars, and readings. The 2021 Summer Residency will be held virtually Sunday, July 18 through Saturday, July 31. Please visit our 2021 Residency webpage for schedule updates.

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 short writing assignments. In the second week, students work with a different faculty member in their genre to ensure a variety of feedback.

Visiting Writers & Editors

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

Previous visiting writers have included:

Terese Marie Mailhot (creative nonfiction) 

Jericho Brown (poetry)

Rebecca Makkai (fiction)

Hanif Abdurraqib (creative nonfiction)

Justin Phillip Reed (poetry)

Dan Chaon (fiction)

Terry Tempest Williams (creative nonfiction)

Rebecca Makkai (fiction)

J. Allyn Rosser (poetry)

Kate Hopper (creative nonfiction)

Dexter Booth (poetry)

Lolita Hernandez (fiction)

Gretel Ehrlich (creative nonfiction)

Past visiting editors have included Jon Parrish Peede (Virginia Quarterly Review, or VQR), Mary Biddinger (Akron University Press), David Lynn and Kirsten Reach (Kenyon Review), Hilary Plum (CSU Poetry Center), Eric Obenauf (Two Dollar Radio Press), and Dan Bourne (The Artful Dodge).

Ohio Arts Council

The Ashland University MFA Program is grateful for the support of the Ohio Arts Council, which enables many events to be open and free to the public so that local writers and those interested in the literary arts can also benefit from the gifted authors and editors that are involved with this program. Ohio Arts Council