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Spalding University

MFA Program

MFA Program Established: 
Louisville, Kentucky
Genres Include:
Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction
2-3 Years
Program Size: 
Application Deadline:
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Karen J. Mann
Core Faculty Includes: 

Dianne Aprile, Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Larry Brenner, Julie Brickman, K. L. (Kenny) Cook, Debra Kang Dean, Rachel Harper, Roy Hoffman, Silas House, Robin Lippincott, Maureen Morehead, Sena Jeter Naslund, Lesléa Newman, Kira Obolensky, Greg Pape, John Pipkin, Eric Schmiedl, Charlie Schulman, Jeanie Thompson, Neela Vaswani, Rebecca Walker

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Graduate Assistantships, Scholarships, Editorial and Reading Positions with The Louisville Review

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

This program features guest panels with publishers, editors, and agents. It offers a Teaching Practicum in Creative Writing and flexible residency-semester combinations. The summer residency abroad was in Paris in 2012 and Ireland in 2013.

The deadline for the fall semester is July 1, the deadline for the spring semester is January 15, and the deadline for the summer semester is February 1.

The Spalding MFA in Writing Program offers flexible scheduling. Our fall and spring semesters are 6-months long and our summer semester is 9-months long, which allows students with busy lives to complete their MFA. The degree includes 4 independent study sessions and 5 residencies and usually take 2-4 years to earn the degree, but students have 10 years to complete it once begun. Each semester begins with an 10-day residency. Our summer semester begins with a residency aboard to locations such as Paris, Dublin, Barcelona, Prague, London, Buenos Aires and others.


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