MFA in Writing

a top-10 low residency MFA program

Poets & Writers, year after year after year


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Nurture your creativity.

Serious critique doesn’t have to hurt. At Spalding, you’ll find a top-tier low residency MFA program that celebrates creativity and community, not competition. We offer real intellectual stimulation in a supportive environment while giving you the tools to make your writing fresher, richer, more uniquely your own. There’s no such thing as a “Spalding voice.” It’s your voice, and at Spalding, it will be heard and read.

We accept only students whose work we admire and who demonstrate the potential to be great writers. We’re selective, and it shows: Our student and alum achievements include major publications, movie releases, and prestigious awards in all areas—fictionpoetrycreative nonfiction, writing for children and young adultsscreenwriting, and playwriting.

Semesters begin with a residency that brings together talented students and an outstanding faculty for 10 intensive, interactive days of workshop, craft lectures, readings, and special sessions. Cross-genre exploration helps you shake off old habits while discovering the best tools from other areas of writing. We engage with the visual and performing arts to open new creative channels. And we talk about the business of getting published or produced. Our residencies will leave you exhilarated, informed, and ready to write.

Back home, you’ll begin one-on-one independent study with a faculty mentor, writing and revising original work while studying classic and contemporary texts from a reading list you help shape. You’ll be challenged to take risks as you elevate your craft. To foster your distinctive style, you’ll study one-on-one with at least three different mentors during the four-semester program. Most students work with four.

Writing is no ivory-tower activity—it happens in the midst of life. That’s why we offer flexible scheduling, so you can choose from 6- or 9-month semesters. Stay close to home with spring and fall residencies in Louisville, or travel with summer residencies to Athens, Rome, Paris, and other world capitals.

Life doesn’t stop so you can write. You have to make it happen. When you’re ready to apply, we’ll be here. We look forward to reading your work.

Spalding University’s low residency MFA in Writing Program:
where serious writers find a home.

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