The Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing offers a vibrant graduate learning experience that lets you dive deep into your writing within a dedicated, caring community of students and faculty. You’ll develop friendships and professional contacts that you’ll keep forever. And you’ll write—a lot—in a natural home environment that helps you develop the discipline and focus it takes to sustain a lifetime of writing. Watch this short video to listen to our alums tell their Spalding MFA stories—what they were looking for in a program, and what they found at Spalding. We think you’ll be able to see yourself here.
During Louisville residencies, we stay at the historic, four-star Brown Hotel, a short walk from our campus classrooms—and near performing arts venues, riverfront, parks, museums and historic neighborhoods as well. Friendships form in the lobby, where students gather for informal after-hours readings. Summer residencies take us abroad to explore the literature and culture of another country while maintaining our focus on workshop and craft.
During independent study, you’ll correspond one-on-one with a faculty mentor who is dedicated to helping you deepen and strengthen your writing. In the Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing, you’ll write more and receive more in-depth feedback than in many other programs. Students in the MAW Professional Writing and Editing track will finish with a completed writing portfolio. MFA students finish their degree with a completed creative thesis.
Our dedicated, caring professors devote themselves to students’ growth as writers. Faculty members include New York Times bestsellers, former state Poets Laureate, Newbery Honorees, and film festival winners. You’ve seen their work on the cover of Harper’s; maybe you’ve attended one of their plays. They are passionate teachers who respect students’ writing styles and goals. Our faculty-written blog offers their thoughts on craft and the writing life.
For Spalding alums, graduation is just the beginning. They go on to publish with top New York houses and independent presses, write films that receive nationwide release, and win national honors. You’ll find Spalding MFA alumni teaching in university creative-writing classrooms, running community theatres, leading writing workshops for underserved populations, and doing much more. Long after graduation, our alums keep coming back to Spalding for inspiration and a warm welcome home.