Write in the heart of appalachia
Cultivate a writing life. Join a writing community.
West Virginia Wesleyan’s low-residency MFA offers writers the opportunity to study fiction, creative nonfiction or poetry with accomplished and dedicated mentors in an intimate, student-centered program.
• Faculty/student ratio of no greater than 1:4
• Grounding in the best of past and current writing
• Emphasis on craft and technique
The MFA is a two-year, 49 credit hour program. Students join an extraordinarily warm community every summer and winter for an intensive ten-day residency that initiates an independent semester of apprenticeship completed off-site through correspondence with a mentor. Students work with a mixture of new and returning faculty, working one-on-one with a different faculty mentor within their discipline throughout each residency and off-campus period.
Located in central Appalachia, the program welcomes and fosters writing that explores place and identity. Irene McKinney, the program’s founding director, said that many of Wesleyan’s MFA students “seem to feel very strongly that they are regional writers with a national audience.” In keeping with this investigation of place, students may substitute one campus residency with a Wesleyan-supervised field seminar in Ireland, or may design and propose a seminar for other travel destinations.
Leader Photo © Doug Van Gundy
- Emily Kohler
- Coordinator for Graduate Enrollment
- Jessie van Eerden
- Program Director
Summer Residency: March 1
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