Ashland University

Ohio, United States

Low-residency program

Ashland University offers a low-residency MFA Program with separate degree tracks in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. A single, two-week-long summer residency is held each year in picturesque Ashland, Ohio. The program is characterized both by an insistence on high aesthetic standards for the creation of new writing and by an emphasis on a supportive community of writers.

The Ashland MFA Program embraces a Whitmanesque sense of the writer's radical good cheer and the skeptic's insistence to confront realities. While accepting no easy assumptions--not even assuming the ability of language to embody the full range and richness of the most simple, human moment--we are interested in what poets and prose writers can learn from one another.

We invite accomplished poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are drawn by the interplay between the genres to apply to our program.


Contact Information

Bixler Center for Humanities
401 College Avenue
Ashland
Ohio, United States
44805-3702
Phone: 419.289.5098
Email: mfa@ashland.edu
Fax: 4192895255
http://www.ashland.edu/mfa-cw



DEGREE PROGRAMS

Undergraduate Program Director

Joe Mackall
Director
401 College Avenue
Ashland
Ohio, United States
44805
Email: jmackall@ashland.edu

Our creative writing majors generally begin with an introductory class in the form and technique of poetry and fiction. Students spend half the semester writing metrical exercises, and exercises in such forms as the ghazal and pantoum. The other half of this introductory course involves writing exercises in perspective, dialogue, description, narration, etc. Students then take a two-credit workshop in poetry, a two-credit workshop in fiction/nonfiction, a three-credit junior year workshop ("Problems in Creative Writing"), and a one-credit finishing course, taught on a tutorial basis, in which students revise extensively work in one genre, and put together a creative writing portfolio. A strong component of the program is the study of literature, giving the students ample opportunity to grasp the ongoing tradition of the writer and do intensive study on one or more of the major writers. The literature courses are taught by a strong faculty with specialization in all the periods of English and American literature. Creative Writing majors take four upper level literature courses, and four genre-specific courses in which they write analytical essays in response to poetry, drama, short fiction, the novel, and/or the creative essay.

Special features of the program include a series of student readings sponsored by the Literature Club, an Arts and Humanities lecture/reading series by guest poets, nonfiction writers and fiction writers, and a biannual student-run literary journal. Students also have the opportunity to work with the Ashland Poetry Press and River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative. Interested students have an opportunity to gain editing and publishing experience with both the journal and the press.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Genres: Fiction, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
Duration of Study: 4 years
Unit of Measure: Hours
Criticism and Theory: 3
Other: University distribution requirements, 44-56 hours.
Total Units for Degree: 128

Undergraduate Program Director

Joe Mackall
Director
401 College Avenue
Ashland
Ohio, United States
44805
Email: jmackall@ashland.edu

Undergraduate Program Director

Joe Mackall
Director
401 College Avenue
Ashland
Ohio, United States
44805
Email: jmackall@ashland.edu

Graduate Program Director

Christian Kiefer
Director
Bixler Center for Humanities
401 College Avenue
Ashland
Ohio, United States
44805-3702
Email: ckiefer2@ashland.edu
URL: http://www.ashland.edu/mfa-cw

The Ashland University low-residency MFA Program offers degree tracks in poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction writing, with cross-genre options. An annual, fourteen-day residency is held in picturesque Ashland, Ohio. The program is characterized both by an insistence on high aesthetic standards for the creation of new literature and by an emphasis on a supportive community of writers.

The Ashland MFA Program embraces a Whitmanesque sense of the writer's radical good cheer and the skeptic's insistence to confront realities. While accepting no easy assumptions--not even assuming the ability of language to embody the full range and richness of the most simple, human moment--we are interested in what poets and prose writers can learn from one another.

What, for example, does it mean to write within an orientation to "the truth," as poets and fiction writers often do and nonfiction writers must? What might it mean for a nonfiction writer to emphasize the imagination as fully as a fiction writer or a poet? How might a poetic associational movement of thought, imagery, emotion, and sound offer prose writers an entry into the multi-layered nature of the radically real? What might poets and nonfiction writers learn from fiction writers? To what extent is the truth always a fiction?

We invite applications by accomplished poets, fiction and nonfiction writers who choose to work in one primary genre and are also drawn by the interplay between literary genres.

Type of Program: Low-Residency Program
Largest Class Size: 5
Smallest Class Size: 3
Genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
Tuition 15225
Duration of Study: 2 years
Unit of Measure: Credits
Workshop: 36
Thesis: 9
Total Units for Degree: 45
Other Requirements: Workshops taken during non-residential semesters require the submission of creative work, the completion of assigned reading, regular participation in online discussions, and the submission of some critical writing.
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation




FACULTY

Naomi Williams


Kate Hopper

Author of Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers and Ready for Air

http://www.katehopper.com


Dexter Booth


Marcelo Hernandez Castillo


Douglas Manuel


Lily Hoang


Angela Morales


Matthew Salesses


Naoymi Munaweera


Derek Palacio


Sarah Monette


Brian Conn


Chris Arnold





COMMUNITY

Steve Almond

Marilyn Chin

Gretel Ehrlich

Alice Fulton

Linda Gregerson

Patricia Henley

Garrett Hongo

Kristen Iversen

Judith Kitchen

Rebecca Makkai

Lee Martin

Celeste Ng

Kathleen Norris

Alicia Ostriker

Floyd Skloot

David St. John

J. Allyn Rosser

Patricia Smith

Cheryl Strayed

Natasha Trethewey

Rosanna Warren

C.K. Williams

Terry Tempest Williams

David Wojahn

Tobias Wolff

Al Young

Kevin Young

Visiting Writer Series, MFA Summer Residency (https://www.ashland.edu/summerreadingseries)

Ashland University Spring Reading Series (https://www.ashland.edu/cas/majors/creative-writing)