Spalding University

MFA Program

Program Established: 
Louisville, KY
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
15-20 per residency
Application Deadline: 
February 1, 2019
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Karen J. Mann
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry:  Debra Kang Dean, Kathleen Driskell, Douglas Manuel, Greg Pape, Kiki Petrosino, 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, Elaine Neil Orr, John Pipkin, Neela Vaswani

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: 

In addition to fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, the program offers writing for children and young adults, screenwriting, and playwriting. While the program's focus is creative writing, it also offers sessions in teaching pedagogy and the profession of writing, including grantwriting and book reviewing.

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. The summer (June/July) residency takes place in a different international location each year. 

Students can graduate in two years by attending spring and fall semesters; in three years by mixing in one or two summer semesters; or in four years by taking summer semesters only.

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

All students gain editorial experience reading for the Louisville Review.

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


Larry Brenner, K.B. Carle, Annie Frazier, Jacquelin Gorman, Silas House, Erin Keane, Jennine DOC Krueger, Nancy Chen Long, Andrea Nasfell, Scott O’Connor, Catherine Rush, Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen (S.A. Bodeen), Frank X Walker, Charles Dodd White, Crystal Wilkinson, Lindsay Zibach