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Spalding University low-residency MFA in Writing

Contact Information

Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing 851 S. Fourth Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40203

P: 502-873-4400
E: [email protected]

Degree Type

Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, Graduate Certificate in Writing, Post-master’s Certificate in Writing Enrichment

Application Deadline

Feb. 1 for May or July entry; Aug. 1 for November entry


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Spalding’s nationally distinguished low-residency MFA in Writing program offers intellectual rigor, affordability, and flexibility in a supportive, noncompetitive community. We are here to help one another become better writers. This ethos permeates everything we do.

Our low-residency model helps you fit grad school into your busy life. You’ll dive deep into your own area, try out other genres and modes, and explore the interrelatedness of the arts.

Residencies bring us together for genre-specific workshops, craft lectures, and community. You’ll learn from distinguished visiting writers, attend arts events, and try your hand at cross-genre exercises that will enrich your craft. Optional summer residencies offer travel abroad.

Independent study sessions are dedicated exclusively to one-on-one mentor-student work. In this, we honor a primary strength of the low-residency model. You’ll write more and receive feedback on more work than in less rigorous MFA programs.

We offer many genres of prose, poetry, and dramatic writing. Our Master of Arts in Writing (MAW) and certificate programs also offer professional writing.

As a student, you’ll develop lifelong writing habits. And after you graduate, we’ll still be here for you: our outstanding alumni association provides connection, support, and learning opportunities for a lifetime.

Scholarships and assistantships available.