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Dana Davis / Moderator
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Aug 9, 2012, 6:51 PM

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This thread is for conversations about MFA programs that are less than 18 months old. The program can be anything from full time to low residency, national or international. If you know of a program that has just started, this is the place to discuss it!

D. A. Hosek
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Aug 10, 2012, 2:06 PM

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I'm enrolled in the new low-res program at the University of Tampa. At this point, we've enrolled just two cohorts so the program is still fairly small and developing, but we have some great faculty and students. I'm happy to answer any questions people might have about the program.


Mary Gannon
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Sep 28, 2012, 11:50 AM

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We just published our MFA Issue (Sept/Oct 2012), and in it we ran a sidebar of 13 new full-residency creative writing programs. Here they are and when they were established.

Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah (2010)

California Institute of Management and Technology [CALMAT] in San Jose (2011)

College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York (2012)

Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York (2011)

Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York (2012)

Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona (2012)

Northern Michigan University in Marquette (2010)

Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas (2012)

Temple University in Philadelphia (2010)

University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand (2012)

University of Central Arkansas in Conway (2011)

University of Texas in Austin [English Department] (2010)

University of Washington in Bothell (2012)

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Alison Wellford

Nov 28, 2012, 10:22 AM

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In addition, please add Cedar Crest College's Pan-European Low-Residency MFA to the list of new MFAs. It has an esteemed faculty including a poet laureate, the 2012 MacAuthur Genius grant winner, amongst others!
This summer's residency will take place at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, the following summer in Barcelona, Spain.
Have a look at the program details here:
The deadline for the Spring semester is December 3rd, 2012.
The deadline for the Summer Residency/Fall semester is March 1st, 2013.


Apr 25, 2013, 9:29 AM

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Also, Queens University of Charlotte has just launched a new low-res Latin America MFA. It combines Latin American studies with its creative writing curriculum. It's a great opportunity to study with award-winning and best-selling writers while being immersed in a different culture. Residencies will rotate among Buenos Aires, Santiago (Chile) and Rio de Janeiro.
Have a look at Queens' website for more info!



Maggie Worth

Dec 12, 2013, 3:10 PM

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I'm looking seriously at Tampa right now. I realize this post is rather old but, if you're still around, I'd love to hear how your experience has been!

Char Mitchell

Feb 14, 2014, 12:15 PM

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I am interested in information about the Johns Hopkins MFA and MA programs.
I understand their MFA program is fairly new. I was also looking into their MA program in Fiction/Non-fiction. I wonder if having an MA might increase my chances of getting into an MFA program. It doesn't look like there are too many MA programs in creative writing in my area. The two I have found are NYU and JHU. JHU can be started summer/fall/spring.
The truth is I want to apply to MFA programs in Fiction and Non-fiction, but I have not been published in a big venue. I worry that these programs will consider me inexperienced in these genres. Johns Hopkins has a part time MA program that can be completed in 5 years. I thought I would do it on a part time basis and apply to MFA programs in the meantime. If I get accepted into an MFA program, I could complete the MA degree during the summer and in the years following the MFA degree.
Does anyone know how the new MA in writing (fiction/non-fiction) program at Johns Hopkins is regarded? It is part of the Advanced Academic Programs (continuing studies?), and I am not sure if it would be worth the money or if admissions would even consider it as a degree. Thank you.

Jennifer Brown

Feb 14, 2014, 1:22 PM

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I know of several Johns Hopkins creative writing MA's who attended George Mason's MFA program. And I'm pretty sure at least some of their credits transferred.

Be regular and orderly in your life, that you may be violent and original in your work. -- Flaubert


(This post was edited by alamana on Feb 14, 2014, 1:24 PM)


Mar 26, 2014, 12:29 PM

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I wouldn't' use an MA as stepping stone to an MFA, charz.
Now you may get some value from an MA program in writing—finding a good mentor and inspiring community of artists can do wonders for your work—but having this Johns Hopkins degree (or any degree for that matter) won't make you a more attractive candidate for MFA programs.
The most important part of your MFA application is your writing sample.
If you want an MFA, I'd encourage you to focus on getting an MFA.
Good luck

Alison Wellford

Mar 30, 2014, 12:29 PM

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This year Cedar Crest College's Pan-European Low-Residency MFA will be held in Barcelona, Spain.

The application deadline is April 1st, 2014. Check out our website and facebook page for photos and info. I recommend it highly-- travel, culture, and the chance work with top faculty...


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