Converse College

MFA Program

Program Established: 
2009
Location: 
Spartanburg, SC
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Low
Duration: 
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
14-16
Application Deadline: 
February 15, 2018
Application Fee: 
$40
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Rick Mulkey (Director) and Sarah Gray (Associate Director)
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Suzanne Cleary, Denise Duhamel, Albert Goldbarth, Rick Mulkey, Richard Tillinghast
Fiction: Marlin Barton, C. Michael Curtis, Tommy Hays (YA fiction), Cary Holladay, Robert Olmstead, Leslie Pietrzyk, Susan Tekulve
Nonfiction: C. Michael Curtis, Jim Minick, Susan Tekulve, Richard Tillinghast, Dan Wakefield

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding through partial work scholarships for first-year students and a limited number of graduate assistantships for second-year students.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

Students attend two nine-day residencies each year, in January and June, at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The program also offers degrees in young adult fiction and environmental writing, and hosts a reading series, one-on-one manuscript consultations with editors and agents, and panels on publishing, editing, and freelance writing.

The application deadline is October 1 for the January residency and February 15 for the June residency.