MFA Alumni

Opportunities for Graduates

As of summer 2014, the Spalding low residency MFA Program has 525 alumni. Our alumni and students have published and produced more than 300 books/plays/films. For the full list, click here. Read on to find ways the MFA Program supports our alumni and encourages all MFAers to stay connected.

Join MFA faculty, staff, and students and MFA Alumni Association Director Terry Price June 24-July 6, 2015, as we travel to Greece (Athens and Crete). And plan now to join us in Rome in 2016.

MFA Alumni Trips: Join the MFA World Tour

The Summer Residency in Greece, June 24-July 6, 2015

We’ll spend time visiting classical antiquities in Athens and enjoying archaeological and natural wonders on the island of Crete.


Through the MFA portal page on, alumni may keep updated with MFA Program news through Thursday Memo, listen to residency faculty lectures, and use other portal resources. Contact the MFA Office for the login.

Alumni websites and blogs are listed on the MFA blog: The MFA Program Facebook page ( posts readings and other MFAer events, as well as information about contests, calls for submissions, and grants. Check it out on Throwback Thursday and see pictures from previous MFA residencies and events.

Alumni continue to receive the MFA Program newsletter and are encouraged to send entries for the “Life of a Writer” column to the newsletter editor at On Extended Wings is available at

Life of a Writer pieces should be submitted to and written as a paragraph in third person and should include the area of concentration in parenthesis after the name: (F) for fiction, (P) for poetry, (CNF) for creative nonfiction; (W4C) for writing for children and young adults, (SW) for screenwriting, and (PW) for playwriting. Please include the graduation year, such as Jake Doe (F ’03). Spell out month and state names. Include title(s) of the work, publishers, date of publication, and complete web site addresses when appropriate.

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MFA Alumni Association

The alumni association plans Homecoming, sets up workshops among alums, plans regional events, and keeps up communication with alumni through its website:, and a Facebook page: The alumni association began Celebration of Recently Published Books by Alumni in 2008. This celebration which takes place at Homecoming is only one of several innovations of the May Homecoming weekend.


Celebration of Recently Published Books by Alumni 2014

Celebration of Recently Published Books by Alumni 2014: Bobbi Buchanan, Jackie Gorman, AshleyRose Sullivan, Erin Keane, Angela Jackson-Brown, Mary Popham, and Mike Hampton.

During each spring residency we have a Homecoming weekend, where alumni can visit with each other, students, faculty, and staff. At Homecoming the program provides a variety of special sessions, such as “Life after the MFA” talks, social gatherings, lectures, panels discussions, workshops, readings by alumni, lectures on the craft or the writing life, discussions on publishing, a 10-minute play festival, a 10-minute film festival, and other events.

The alumni association sponsors Celebration of Recently Published Books by Alumni, where our alumni read from books published within the last year. The Celebration Reading is followed by a book signing and SPLoveFest, a book fair that offers books by alumni and students and that allows alumni and students to display their artistic ventures or to promote their blogs, websites, online journals, and more.

Post-Graduate Residency Assistants

At each residency up to eight Post Graduate Residency Assistants, who are alumni, are selected to attend. These PRGAs participate in Workshops and help the MFA staff in many ways. PGRAs receive a travel, housing and food stipend and are included in all residency events. At the end of the week, if the schedule allows, they participate in a public reading of their own work-in-progress.

Continuing Education

Beginning in fall 2014, the MFA program is sponsoring a post-graduate writers conference. SpaldingCon takes place on Thursday-Saturday of the fall residency. See this webpage for more information:

Graduates may enroll for a post-graduate semester (or individual sessions) in the area of concentration they have studied or may apply to study in a different area of concentration. If a student wishes to study in an area in which he or she has been accepted, no application is necessary. If a student wishes to study in a new area, the student submits a writing sample, as with a new application.

Post-graduate students pay the same tuition as any other student. Post-graduate students fulfill the requirements of the courses they enroll in. Generally, post-graduate students enroll in ENG652 and/or ENG653 (the enrichment semester). To find out about registration, contact the MFA Office. Post-graduate students may request a particular mentor, though it may not be possible to honor the request in every case.

For information about participating in the residency as a residency-only student, contact Karen at Residency-only students are included in Workshops if space is available and participate in the residency as any student. The fee is $1,650 for the entire residency, which includes residency group  meals, events, and curriculum sessions. (Alumni are welcome to ask about scholarships for residency only.)

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Spalding University’s low residency MFA in Writing program is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. to award the Master of Fine Arts in Writing. Spalding University’s low residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing is a member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

updated 07-30-14
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