Welcome to Spalding’s flagship graduate writing program.
At Spalding’s affordable, nationally distinguished low residency MFA in Writing, we’ve put 20 years of thought and care into our program design, from the size and diversity of our faculty to the timing of our residencies during months when travel is easier. Students focus on their own area of concentration while still exploring across genres, examining the interrelatedness of the arts, and investigating aspects of professional writing. In short, we’re committed to providing excellent graduate instruction in a compassionate, noncompetitive, supportive community.
In Louisville, students engage with the downtown arts scene, stay in the four-star Brown Hotel, and study on our green campus with publishing, prize-winning faculty. At our summer residencies abroad, we take our curriculum across borders to add an element of global cultural and literary exploration. Whether you choose to study in the States or abroad (or both!), you’ll gain invaluable editorial experience with our online literary magazine, Good River Review. And you’ll develop a close-knit literary community and writing habits that will serve you for life.
“I have SUCH fond memories of my time at Spalding. The faculty was smart and engaged. The students were diverse and eager — and thoughtful. The conversations we had made me remember again why I do the work I do. The vibe was like family. I felt SO at home there, I have to say. All these years later, it really stays with me.”
—Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming, winner of the National Book Award, Newbery Honor Medal, and Coretta Scott King Award
We hope you’ll tour our website to learn why our low-residency approach is the best way to study writing. Read about the Spalding MFA program’s unmatched flexibility, both in scheduling your weekly workload and charting your own course of study—with options including translation, a teaching seminar, a book-length manuscript workshop, and a professional writing project. Discover what our residencies offer (including optional summer residencies with travel abroad). Learn how prolific you’ll be during one-on-one mentored independent study courses—few programs can match us in the volume of writing you’ll produce and expert feedback you’ll receive from your faculty mentors.
We invite you to explore our program, meet alumni and learn why Spalding is the choice for serious writers. Then, we invite you to apply. (Our admission requirements tell you how.) Application deadlines are February 1 for spring and summer semesters and August 1 for the fall semester.
Our four-semester degree culminates with a creative thesis and graduation residency. You can read about recent visiting writers and alumni successes as you explore your concentration.
- Creative nonfiction
- Writing for children & young adults
We’re proud to be named a top 10 low residency MFA program by Poets & Writers.
We accept transfer credit from other MFA programs.
Students with a published book or produced script may apply for acceleration.
Application deadlines are February 1 for spring and summer semesters, August 1 for fall semester.
We welcome veterans.
MFA alumni have garnered top national honors while publishing and producing more than 500 books, plays and films.
We’re the flagship program of the Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing at Spalding University, which also includes Master of Arts in Writing and a one-semester Graduate Certificate in Writing program. The MAW offers tracks in creative writing and professional writing and editing; both the MAW and the Certificate offer the option to matriculate into the MFA program.
Spalding is the world’s first certified Compassionate University.
You can get to know our faculty and directors on our blog.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.