Converse College

MFA Program

Program Established: 
Spartanburg, SC
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
October 1, 2018
Application Fee: 
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Contact Name: 
Rick Mulkey (Director) and Sarah Gray (Associate Director)
Core Faculty Includes: 

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

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

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

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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. Students also have the option to minor in a second genre by taking another full semester of classes.

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