West Virginia Wesleyan College

West Virginia Wesleyan College

MFA Program

MFA Program Established: 
2011
Location: 
Buckhannon, WV
Genres Include:
Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Low
Duration: 
2-3 Years
Program Size: 
20
Application Deadline: 
October 1, 2014
Application Fee: 
50
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Jessie van Eerden
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poets: Mark DeFoe, Devon McNamara, and Doug Van Gundy. Fiction writers: Richard Schmitt and Jessie van Eerden. Nonfiction writer: Eric Waggoner.

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Scholarships, Loans

Other Features: 

This program offers writers the opportunity to emphasize the connection between place and identity. Students may focus on their home area, one of the field-study destinations, or the Appalachian region. Additionally, the faculty-to-student ratio for this program does not exceed 1:4. Writers may spend one residency in a Wesleyan-supervised field seminar in Ireland or another approved travel destination. All students attend two 10-day residencies per year.

The deadline for spring applications is October 1; the deadline for fall applications is March 1.

Current Issue

Cover Story 

Our Independent Publishing Issue features an in-depth interview with Graywolf Press editor Jeff Shotts; a look at the successful partnerships of eleven small-press authors and their editors; a profile of indie essayist Charles D'Ambrosio; Donald Hall recalls a golden age of American poetry; best-selling author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore on the rewards of self-promotion; advice for self-published authors; a conversation with Guernica publisher Lisa Lucas; and much more.

Finding Gems in Lost & Found

by Rebecca Bates

News and Trends

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

The Center for Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City is making the ephemeral more tangible through its Lost & Found chapbook series.

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Let's Just Do This: Eleven Small-Press Authors and their Publishing Partners

by Kevin Larimer

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Eleven small-press authors and their publishing partners discuss the independent approach—and all the passion, commitment, and love that comes with it—to bringing books into the world.

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Agents & Editors: Jeff Shotts

by Michael Szczerban

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts discusses the power of patience in publishing, editing as an act of empathy, and why it’s an exciting time to be a poet.

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