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Why Choose Spalding

Why Serious Writers Choose Spalding

Spalding’s School of Creative and Professional Writing offers intellectual rigor, emotional support, affordability, flexibility, and community at the world’s first certified Compassionate University. Our community includes more than 700 alumni and students and 39 faculty members who are actively publishing and producing, teaching, winning awards, and making an impact as literary citizens.

We’re proud of the extremely high-quality educational experience we offer and our ability to make it available to serious writers in an affordable way.

High Value

Student learning is enriched by the size and diversity of our distinguished faculty.

Unlike other programs, Spalding does not charge a registration fee, residency fee, or graduation fee.

During residencies in Louisville, you can stay at the historic, four-star Brown Hotel for about the same price as other programs charge for a room in a student dormitory.

At residency, we sustain the mind and body with intellectual discussion and unlimited free coffee on campus.

Our MFA program’s tuition is the most affordable of any top-tier low-residency MFA program, at $37,050 for the 65-credit-hour degree.

In the MAW, an intensive master’s degree in writing, you can earn the 35-credit-hour degree for around $20,000.

The Graduate Certificate in Writing offers a semester of expert instruction in creative or professional writing for $8,550.

You can matriculate into the MAW or MFA program, meaning you can earn a certificate + master’s or two master’s for about the price of one master’s degree.

As an MFA student, you can take a semester in another creative writing genre and still graduate in four semesters.

Scholarships and graduate assistantships are available.

High Volume

At Spalding, you’ll write more and receive more faculty feedback than in most other low-residency programs. For instance, in the MFA program, prose and script writers receive detailed expert commentary on up to 225 pages of new and revised creative writing each semester; poets and picture book writers receive mentored critique on up to 35 new and revised poems or picture books each semester. MAW and Graduate Certificate students complete the same amount of work as MFA students each semester. Few other programs can match that volume of in-depth critique.

Highly Individual

At Spalding, you’ll choose the content of your independent study courses, the pace of your semesters, and the location of your residencies in Louisville or abroad. Read more about the unmatched flexibility of our scheduling and studies.