Magazine Articles Tagged With MFA programs

A Lifetime to Write: Warren Wilson and the Origins of the Low-Residency MFA

by Jeremiah Chamberlin

Special Section

Posted 8.17.16

Jeremiah Chamberlin

This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the country's oldest low-residency MFA program in creative writing, established by poet Ellen Bryant Voigt in 1976 at Goddard College before relocating to Warren Wilson College in 1981. Contributing editor Jeremiah Chamberlin explores the program’s history and legendary faculty, and how it has served as a model for other low-residency programs across the country.

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Industrious After Wisdom: Thoughts on the MFA as a Student and Teacher

by Jim Minick

Special Section

Posted 8.17.16

Jim Minick

Writer and teacher Jim Minick recalls his unique experiences as a student in one MFA program while teaching in another, and offers ideas about what an ideal full- and low-residency program might include.

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Making the Road by Walking: From Brooklyn to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Back

by Naomi Jackson

Special Section

Posted 8.17.16

Naomi Jackson

A novelist revisits the challenges of attending the Iowa Writers’ Workshop as a person of color, and explores the importance of inclusion, community, and home.

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The Aha! Moment: Kate Daniels of the MFA Program at Vanderbilt University

by Michael Bourne

Special Section

Posted 8.17.16

Michael Bourne

As part of a continuing series, poet Kate Daniels, director of the MFA program at Vanderbilt University, discusses the potential she saw in poetry applicant Tiana Clark’s admissions essay.

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A New Center for Black Poetics

by Tara Jayakar

News and Trends

Posted 8.17.16

September/October 2016

At the University of Pittsburgh, poets Dawn Lundy Martin, Terrance Hayes, and Yona Harvey recently established the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics—a creative think tank dedicated to studying, archiving, and promoting the work of African American poets.

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AWP Under Fire, Ferrante Fever, and More

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 8.27.15

The turmoil behind Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman; on marriage, writing, and Clarice Lispector; the total weirdness of the book tour; and other news.

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MFA Nation 2016: A Compendium of Graduate Programs in Creative Writing

by Dana Isokawa

Online Exclusive

Online Only, posted 8.19.15

Start your MFA research with this comprehensive guide to more than 170 full- and low-residency programs in creative writing, expanded and updated for 2016. Each listing includes detailed information such as core faculty, special features, funding, tuition, application fees, and deadlines. The free PDF also includes a regional index, a cost-of-living comparision, and a handy Application Tracker to keep track of your applications.

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A Distinguished Degree: Eight Elements of Unique MFA Programs

by Dana Isokawa

Special Section

Posted 8.19.15

Dana Isokawa

From programs with a social justice focus to editorial training and degrees in translation, many MFA programs feature unique elements beyond the traditional workshop model. Here, we round up eight programs across the country that offer something a little different.

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Hong Kong MFA Program Closes

by Joanna Scutts

News and Trends

Posted 8.19.15

September/October 2015

Last month, the City University of Hong Kong’s highly respected MFA writing program abruptly shut down. Joanna Scutts investigates the program’s sudden closure, which has prompted protests and political speculations from students and faculty around the world.

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Degrees of Diversity: Talking Race and the MFA

by Sonya Larson

Special Section

Posted 8.19.15

September/October 2015

Warren Wilson College’s low-residency MFA program—the first low-residency program in the country—is taking strides to address questions of diversity, having started a conversation among faculty and students about the intersection of race, culture, and craft in the MFA landscape. 

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