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The Low-Residency Model 

The Low-Residency model allows students to pursue their writing aspirations while maintaining their commitments to career and family.  Students come to the Reinhardt campus for the 10-day Residency each July for three years.   In the intervening semesters, they are enrolled in an independent study with a writing mentor and in four online courses in which they Skype with the instructor and their fellow students.  

There are three Residencies in the student’s MFA Program, at the beginning, middle and end.   Prior to the first Residency, incoming students also come to campus In June for a four-day program orientation and practice workshop.  At their final Residency, students give a craft lecture and a public reading before graduating.     

At the Residencies, students can stay in the dorms and eat in the cafeteria.   They attend a three-hour writing workshop in their genre each morning, a three-hour craft intensive in the afternoon, and a reading, seminar or one-on-one consultation in the evening.     There will be a number of visiting writers teaching various parts of the Residency and giving readings in the evenings.   There will also be several off-campus excursions during the Residency for writing experiences and readings at local venues.  

During the Fall and Spring semesters, students will work one-on-one with a writing mentor in the independent-study classes entitled Creative Writing I, Creative Writing II, Creative Writing III, Thesis Part I (Critical Essay), and Thesis Part II (Creative Writing Project).   This apprenticeship with a well-known writer is the heart of the Low-Residency MFA experience.   Students receive the feedback and critiques that will enable them to perfect their craft as a writer.  They will also receive instruction and advice on how to submit work for publication and on appropriate publishing venues.  The culmination of the independent studies is the book-length Creative Thesis, which can provide students with their first full manuscript for publication.         

During the Fall and Spring semesters, students will also take a set of online courses called Reading Image, Reading Voice, Reading Story and Reading Dialogue.   The classes will be offered in an 8-week format and students of all genres will take the classes together, reading and analyzing texts to study craft elements.   A weekly Skype session will allow students to interact with one another and with the instructor.

For information about program specifics,
please contact:

William Walsh
Program Director

For admissions information, please contact:
Office of Professional Studies and Graduate Admissions