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By Meredith Quinn, managing editor Published: Hundreds of them, actually — 229 at the last count of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. The big choices you will have to make within that pool is the type of program you want to attend: 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.

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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.

  • Northern Michigan University 2000; Ph;
  • University of Wyoming 1998; M;
  • Cornell University 1985; Ph;
  • We offer a commitment to art and to the development of community through art.

Typically spanning two years, the low-residency program takes place both in person and by correspondence. Students and faculty meet once or twice a year for about two weeks, participating in workshops, lectures and readings.

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Participants manage their own time and write as often as they can, completing assignments and predetermined packets every few weeks to advance through the program. And it probably saved our marriage. In some cases, attending a low-res program means traveling abroad. Depending on the school, residencies can rotate among various campuses and international destinations.

  • A small minority of MFA grads turn the connections made through their MFA programs into book publishing contracts and jobs with publishers;
  • A small minority of MFA grads turn the connections made through their MFA programs into book publishing contracts and jobs with publishers.

The chance to be inspired by new surroundings and new cultures attracts many students. The program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, for example, rotates between three sites: Montpelier, Vermont; Slovenia; and Puerto Rico. When it comes to the question of whether a low-residency program lacks connection compared to full-time MFA programs, most folks who have attended one say no.

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In fact, the intensity of the short residency is credited with creating connections, and the lack of a common space where students run into classmates forces them to work at establishing relationships.

Critical to the success of low-residency programs is a strong work ethic.

  • Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing 2015, 2005;
  • Technical writing careers offer well-paid jobs to writers an aptitude for technology;
  • Oberlin College 1989; M;
  • Northern Michigan University 2000; Ph;
  • A concentration consists of three workshops in the appropriate area;
  • A critical distance from the literary and academic marketplaces allows us to engage with them in a more thoughtful manner once we have found our authentic calling—that which we are truly compelled to explore.

With no one standing over their shoulders to make sure the work gets done, students take on the working lifestyle of a writer. And that, perhaps, could be the most useful skill they acquire.

  1. Technical writing careers offer well-paid jobs to writers an aptitude for technology. Four of these courses will be in creative writing 12 hours and must adhere to the following sequence.
  2. Typically spanning two years, the low-residency program takes place both in person and by correspondence.
  3. Four of these courses will be in creative writing 12 hours and must adhere to the following sequence.
  4. In the first year, M. This minor is intended to be used with any major and must be designed in conjunction with a creative writing advisor.