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 Program faculty, staff, and students and Alumni Association director Terry Price as we travel to Greece. Sign up by February 1!

MFA Alumni Trips: Join the MFA World Tour

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

Our summer residency begins in Athens, the cradle of democracy and birthplace of Western civilization. From our home base in the seaside suburb of Glyfada, we’ll visit the Acropolis to explore the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike, stopping afterward at the world-renowned Acropolis Museum. An optional sunset excursion to Cape Sounion takes us to one of the most imposing sights in the ancient world: the evocative ruin of the Temple of Poseidon, overlooking the island-dotted Aegean Sea. The next day offers a full-day optional excursion to the sacred site of Delphi, the most spectacular of Greece’s ancient sites.

Midway through our travels, we take a short flight to the Greek island of Crete, where we’ll stay at an all-inclusive beach resort near the sleepy village where El Greco was born. While students are in class, alums can relax at poolside, take a dip in the Mediterranean, walk the beaches, or partake in any of the resort’s leisure activities. You can walk into the nearby village or take a day trip to explore more of Greece’s largest island.

We end the residency back in Athens, where we celebrate our newest graduating class!

Alums are invited to join MFA students and faculty in many lectures and classroom sessions, including our Program Book in Common discussion. Alums interested in participating in workshop should check with Katy about joining the trip as a residency-only student.

For alums, residency includes plenty of free time to spend as you will, with opportunities to socialize as well as time for solo explorations and writing. In addition to the events on our itinerary, Alumni Association director Terry Price puts together optional dinners, readings, and other events for alums who’d enjoy the company. And our EF College Study tour directors are always available to answer questions, provide cultural insights, and keep our travels flowing smoothly.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Board Your Overnight Flight to Athens!
Travelers have the option to book their round-trip international ticket through EF College Study Tours and roll the ticket price into their monthly payment plan. Airline tickets booked through EF CST are covered by your included insurance policy.

Day 2: Thursday, June 25, 2015
Arrive in Athens
Nestled among mountains on the Attic plain, Athens is the Cradle of Democracy and birthplace of Western civilization. A modern city with a strong connection to its ancient history, Athens has been a center of culture, politics, and history for thousands of years. The great philosopher Socrates lived here, offering to fellow Athenians his views on virtue and knowledge.
Included meal(s): Welcome dinner and two beverages
Overnight in Glyfada, a seaside suburb of Athens

Day 3: Friday, June 26, 2015
Morning Classroom Sessions. Alums are encouraged to attend this morning’s session, which includes a welcome from Sena and information from our Tour Directors.

Guided Sightseeing Tour of Athens. An expert local guide introduces you to the antiquities of Athens.Climb the Acropolis to view the majestic Parthenon, perhaps the world’s greatest architectural feat. See the Temple of Athena Nike, which once housed a gold statue of the goddess (her wings were clipped to keep her from ever deserting the city). Athens is named after Athena, the goddess of war and wisdom. After seeing the Presidential Guard in their traditional costumes, pass the stadium, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896, as well as lively Omonia and Syntagma Squares.

Visit the Acropolis Museum. Opened in 2009, the Acropolis Museum is among the world’s top museums, housing nearly 4,000 artifacts from the Acropolis and surrounding site. The museum is built on the Acropolis hill’s southeastern slope, once the route of the ancient road that led up to the “sacred rock.”

Included meal(s): Breakfast
Overnight in Glyfada, a seaside suburb of Athens

Day 4: Saturday, June 27, 2015
Alums are free to explore Athens or drop in on lectures while faculty and students are in class.

Optional: Cape Sounion with Dinner
Take a sunset excursion to Cape Sounion and view one of the most imposing sights in the ancient world. High above the sparkling Aegean Sea, the Temple of Poseidon, one of Greece’s most evocative ruins, dominates the landscape. Sixteen elegant Doric pillars remain today, and on a clear day, you can view up to five Aegean Islands from the site.

Included meal(s): Breakfast
Overnight in Glyfada, a seaside suburb of Athens

Day 5: Sunday, June 28, 2015
Optional: Full Day Guided Excursion to Delphi
Ponder the mysteries of your future at the sacred site of Delphi. Greece’s ancient military leaders left gifts for the Oracle in hopes of receiving good fortune in battle. Visit the Temple of Apollo, where it’s said the god communicated with mortals, and stop at the Delphi Museum, which features artifacts from 550 B.C. This 11-hour excursion includes round-trip bus transfer to Delphi from thens.  (Lunch is included in your excursion today.)

Free Time in Athens
Those who do not participate in the optional excursion will enjoy free time in Athens. Take time to become more acquainted with Glyfada, the residential district near our hotel. Find a quiet café to enjoy a Greek coffee while you write in your journal. Take a ten-minute stroll to the Aegean Sea. Perhaps travel by public transportation into Athens central (around a 40 minute journey) to explore the Plaka district on your own. Alternatively, do some shopping for local crafts and souvenirs. For a chance to absorb the whole city, take a funicular up the Lycabettus hill for spectacular views.

Included meal(s): Breakfast
Overnight in Glyfada, a seaside suburb of Athens

Day 6: Monday, June 29, 2015
Fly to Heraklion, Crete
Board a flight and head south to the largest city on the Greek island of Crete.

Guided Visit to the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion (time permitting)
Visit one of the largest and most important museums in Greece. It houses artifacts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to Roman times.

Guided Visit the Palace of Knossos (time permitting)
Situated in what was once the capital of Minoan Crete, the first Palace of Knossos was built around 2000 B.C. Beginning with excavations in 1900 AD, British archaeologist Arthur Evans headed up the reconstruction of the remains that you can see today. In its day, the structure was not a palace in the traditional sense; the Minoans used it as a religious center and administrative headquarters.

Included meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight in Crete

Day 7: Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Alums are free to explore our new home in Crete or drop in on lectures while faculty and students are in class.

Included meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight in Crete

Day 8: Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Morning Classroom Sessions. Alums may drop in on lectures if you like!

Free Afternoon in Crete. This afternoon is free for all MFAers to explore Crete on your own, and enjoy the beautiful beaches!

Included meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight in Crete

Day 9: Thursday, July 2, 2015
Alums are free to relax or drop in on lectures while faculty and students are in class.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight in Crete

Day 10: Friday, July 3, 2015
Alums are free to relax or drop in on lectures while faculty and students are in class.

Included meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight in Crete

Day 11: Saturday, July 4, 2015
Alums are free this morning while students are in workshop.

Fly to Athens this afternoon.

Day 12: Sunday, July 5, 2015
Today’s classroom sessions wrap up the residency—from journal reading and interrelatedness-of-the-arts discussion to the graduation ceremony. Alums invited!

Included meal(s): Breakfast, Farewell Cocktail Party with Appetizers and Two Included Beverages
Overnight in Glyfada, a seaside suburb of Athens

Day 13: Monday, July 6, 2015
Transfer to the Airport for Your Return Flight. Your tour director assists with your transfer to the airport, where you’ll check in for your return flight home.

Itinerary is subject to change. For complete financial and registration details, please refer to the Booking Conditions at

Travel Package, Costs, and Discounts

EF College Study Tours is offering a “Land-Only” travel package for the residency. The package includes all of the following :

- superior tourist-class hotels with private bathrooms
– sightseeing trips (see the day-by-day itinerary for details)
– entrance tickets to museums and sights
– breakfast daily
– opening dinner and closing cocktail party
– all meals during our stay at the all-inclusive resort in Crete
– two full-time tour directors, including our Ireland and Prague/Berlin stalwart, Matt Billett!
– mid-residency round-trip flights between Athens and Crete
– air-conditioned motorcoaches
– customary gratuities for tour directors, bus drivers, and local guides
– insurance coverage

International flights are not included in the Land-Only package, since our group flies from many different airports, but EF College Study Tours (EF CST) can book those flights for you—see the FAQ for details.

The Land-Only package costs $3,219. Alumni and guests may receive up to $300 in discounts:
– All alumni/guests receive a $200 discount as long as they sign up by February 1.
– Repeat travelers with EF College Study Tours receive a $100 discount.

A traveler who receives both discounts pays $2,919 for the Land-Only package. International flights are priced separately.

Read what other alums say about traveling with the Spalding MFA Program!

Alice Covington (Fiction ’13): Visiting both Prague and Berlin would have been worthwhile in itself, but experiencing these cities in the company of fellow Spalding writers was beyond compare. [The trip] injected me with renewed enthusiasm for the passion of writing that binds this extraordinary community. I shall return.

Aimee Mackovic (Poetry/Screenwriting ’05): I cannot recommend enough the magical experience of traveling with Spalding as an alum! Want to pop in on Sena’s lecture? Great! Want to spend three hours with other alums debating the contemporary American canon over a leisurely lunch? Fantastic! Want to spend the whole day sightseeing (or writing) by yourself then meet up with others for dinner? Excellent! It’s your trip! Traveling as part of Spalding lets you take a bit of your tribe with you, and bit of Splove.

Cindy Corpier (Fiction ’13): As the vacation planner in my house, I know about the time involved in choosing tours, guides, hotels, arranging transfers and figuring out local customs—all in the name of relaxation. The Czech Republic and Germany were new destinations for us and all I did was arrange airline tickets—though EF Tours will do it for you, if you choose—then read Kafka and Rick Steves, packed and picked up a supply of Czech koruna. Everything else was done for me. We met superlative guides throughout the trip, were welcomed into Spalding readings and lectures, talked writing, walked through history, and left for home newly inspired.

Bonnie Johnson (Fiction ’04): With the tone set by the administration, the leadership and positive shepherding attitude of Terry Price, and the quality of EF Tours’ guides, the 2014 alumni program … was fabulous. Age or previous travel abroad is not a factor, nor is venturing alone on the trip. We look after one another as needed, while being free to choose how one’s own time is spent. I can ramble on and on about all the ways Terry tends our flock with a smile, being ever-concerned that nobody feels left out or has to eat alone unless he or she desires, and all the wonderfully kind people who are part of the Spalding family….

Darlyn Kuhn  (Creative Nonfiction/Poetry ’09): Terry Price is ready with a big smile and a warm good morning on each day of the trip, as well as a hearty good-night at the end of the day, and in between he spends a great deal of time making sure that all the alums are comfortable and happy. Brad and I have traveled with Spalding University to Paris, London and Bath, Barcelona, Rome and Tuscany, Dublin and Galway, as well as Prague and Berlin. Our lives as writers and world citizens have been immeasurably enriched by these experiences, and Terry Price is a big reason that we are so eager to return year after year.

Enroll by February 1!

Before you sign up for the trip…
1. Check out the day-by-day itinerary.
2. Read the FAQ for essential information about flights, payment options, guests, and more.
3. Read the Enrollment Booklet.

When you’re ready to sign up…

To sign up for the Greece residency, go to or call the toll-free phone number, 1-877-485-4184. The enrollment deadline is February 1.

See you in Greece!


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.

Check out the MFA store at

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.)

Apply Now to the MFA Program

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.

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