At Spalding, we help students develop high-quality literary fiction, work distinguished by complex characterization, psychological depth, stylistic richness, thematic resonance, a distinctive sense of time and place, and an original approach to form and structure. As part of their training, students are exposed to and encouraged to work with many different forms of fiction-sudden fiction, short story, novella, short story cycle, and the novel. We do ask for ongoing assessments from mentors and workshop leaders about students who are working on novels, and we may recommend that a student turn his or her attention to shorter forms in order to gain greater control of craft before tackling the broader scope and technical demands of the novel.
In lectures, workshops, and mentor correspondence, we emphasize development of craft, and we pride ourselves on nurturing each individual talent. There is no unified artistic “school” among the faculty other than our devotion to high literary standards. While our brief-residency model prizes the mentor/student relationship, our goal is not to shape students in the image of their mentors. We want, instead, to help students understand what is unique about their particular voices, to instill in them the confidence and discipline necessary to tell their stories, and to suggest aesthetic concepts and practical strategies for honing and deepening their narrative vision.
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MFA in Writing
851 South Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40203