Spalding’s Approach to Low Residency

At Spalding, residencies offer 10 inspiring days of faculty-led workshops, lectures, readings, book discussions and cultural events. Students and mentors create an independent-study plan.

Friendships form over conversation. Collaborations begin after hours in the hotel lounge. Writing becomes a less solitary pursuit.

During optional summer residencies abroad, we take our rich curriculum overseas to a different locale each year. 


Spring 2017: May 26 – June 4, in Louisville

Summer 2017: July 12-24, in Edinburgh, Scotland

Fall 2017: November 10 – 19, in Louisville

Spring 2018: May 25 – June 3, in Louisville

The Primary Focus: Your Concentration

  • You’ll participate in a faculty-led workshop in your genre.
  • Attend faculty lectures in your concentration.
  • Read a faculty book or script and hear the author discuss its path to publication or production.

Cross-genre Exploration

Plenary lectures examine universal questions of subject, structure, and style. And at each residency you’ll get to know another genre in a rotating series:

  • Write outside your area in a brief cross-genre exercise.
  • Read work by a distinguished writer, hear the writer speak, and participate in a private Q&A.

Visiting writers have included Natasha Trethewey, Michael Ondaatje, John Patrick Shanley, Barry Lopez and Jacqueline Woodson.

Special Seminars

  • Teaching workshop
  • Book-length manuscript workshop
  • Film production seminar
  • Option to spend one residency workshop in another genre