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Low-Residency MFA programs
Low-Residency MFA programs - Writer's Digest
We believe in the power of your imagination. Our goal is to help you find, refine, and share your words with the world. Unlike many conventional MFA programs, we welcome writers in a variety of genres, including libretto, television writing, and the graphic novel, as well as creative nonfiction, poetry, dramatic writing, fiction, speculative fiction, and hybrid forms. We support you in determining your artistic direction and work with you to individualize the course of study that will enable you to fulfill your dreams. During the eight-day residencies, students connect in craft workshops, in lectures, and by sharing meals, personal stories, and their creative work throughout the week. Out of this experience, a profound sense of mutual passion and support emerges.
Join other writers for intensive residencies and connect with your peers and teachers online through the rest of the year. Learn how our low residency MFA program can advance your writing career. Writing demands both solitude—time alone to think and write — and a community of colleagues to sustain that work, too.
Hundreds of them, actually — at the last count of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. An alternative that has been rapidly growing is the low-residency MFA program, which offers flexibility in schedule, independence and, some would say, more personal attention from faculty and more opportunities to have work critiqued. While attending a five-week writing program in Prague, she heard other participants talking about a low-res MFA. So she investigated low-res programs, which would allow her to travel, save some money and study creative nonfiction.