Spalding University

MFA Program

Program Established: 
Louisville, KY
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
15-20 per residency
Application Deadline: 
August 1, 2018
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Karen J. Mann
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Debra Kang Dean, Kathleen Driskell, Maureen Morehead, Greg Pape, Jeanie Thompson

Fiction: Julie Brickman, K. L. Cook, Leslie Daniels, Pete Duval, Kirby Gann, Rachel M. Harper, Roy Hoffman, Silas House, Fenton Johnson, Robin Lippincott, Jody Lisberger, Nancy McCabe, Eleanor Morse, Sena Jeter Naslund, Elaine Neil Orr, John Pipkin, Neela Vaswani, Crystal Wilkinson

Nonfiction: Dianne Aprile, Roy Hoffman, Fenton Johnson, Nancy McCabe, Elaine Neil Orr, Neela Vaswani, Rebecca Walker

Writing for Children & Young Adults: Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Beth Bauman, Lamar Giles, Edith M. Hemingway, Lesléa Newman

Screenwriting: Larry Brenner, Helena Kriel, Sam Zalutsky

Playwriting: Gabriel Jason Dean, Kira Obolensky, Eric Schmiedl, Charlie Schulman

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding through graduate assistantships, scholarships, and editorial and reading positions with the Louisville Review.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 

Louisville Review, Fleur-de-Lis Press

Other Features: 

The program offers tracks in writing for children and young adults, screenwriting, and playwriting, in addition to tracks in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

The program hosts three 10-day residencies each year. The spring (May) and fall (November) residencies take place at the Spalding University campus in Louisville, Kentucky, and the summer (June/July) residency takes place in a different international location each year. The 2018 summer residency will take place in Japan.

Each year students can decide whether to attend the spring and fall residencies or just the summer residency. Students can graduate in two years by attending the spring and fall residencies each year; in three years by mixing in one or two summer residencies; or in four years by only attending summer residencies.

After each residency, students complete the semester with an independent study working one-on-one with a faculty mentor. The four-semester program concludes with a capstone residency during which students graduate. Students have ample opportunity to explore across genres and examine the interrelatedness of the arts in an intellectually stimulating, emotionally supportive environment.

The program hosts a reading series in May and November. The program also hosts the post-graduate conference SpaldingCon every November.

The application deadline is February 1 for the spring or summer residency and August 1 for the fall residency.


Larry Brenner, Kelly Creagh, Joey Goebel, Silas House, Erin Keane, Katrina Kittle, Christopher Klim, Nancy Chen Long, Michael Morris, Catherine Rush, Katerina Stoykova, Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen, Tommy Trull, Frank X Walker, Crystal Wilkinson