Converse University

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
Spartanburg, SC
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
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Application Deadline: 
October 1, 2023
Application Fee: 
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Contact Name: 
Rick Mulkey (Director)
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Suzanne Cleary, Tyree Daye, Denise Duhamel, Rick Mulkey, Ashley M. Jones, Richard Tillinghast
Fiction: Marlin Barton, Geoff Herbah (YA fiction), Sheila O’Connor (YA Fiction), Robert Olmstead, Leslie Pietrzyk, Susan Tekulve
Nonfiction: Denise Duhamel, Robert Olmstead, Leslie Pietrzyk, 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 offers a degree in young adult fiction, and hosts a reading series, one-on-one manuscript consultations with editors and agents, and panels on publishing, editing, and freelance writing. The program also offers the Converse MFA Alumni Book Awards with publication through Clemson University Press and the Clemson-Converse Literature Series. 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 Summer residency.