The MFA in Creative Writing is a two-year co-educational low residency program designed for serious, independent writers seeking advanced instruction in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction through a non-traditional course of graduate study. The program emphasizes the mastery and understanding of writing skills and contemporary literature and craft through the master-writer and apprentice mentoring relationship, ultimately offering students a stimulating and individually tailored curriculum of courses and projects.
The degree requires 48 hours of graduate credit completed during four 9-day residencies at Converse College, offered twice annually (summer and in January), four mentoring semesters, a fifth graduating residency, the completion of a substantive analytical project on literature or craft, and a book-length creative thesis and oral defense.
Converse draws energy for its MFA in Creative Writing program from the College’s long history of inspiring and developing award-winning undergraduate and graduate writers, such as Julia Peterkin, the only South Carolinian to win the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Recent Converse graduates have distinguished themselves with honors and awards including:
During residencies and throughout the academic year, writers, editors, and agents visit Converse to give public readings and to lead discussions on writing craft, publishing, and literary editing. Recent visiting writers to the Converse campus include:
Leslie Pietrzyk has won the annual Drue Heinz Literature Prize for a book of short stories. The award, which is open to writers anywhere in the world working in English, includes a book contract from the University of Pittsburgh Press and $15,000. Jill McCorkle served as this year's judge and chose Pietrzyk's collection of linked stories, "This Angel on My Chest," from 338 submissions.
Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 7:00-8:00pm
Converse College Low Residency MFA Information Session: Interested in MFA studies in Creative Writing? Join us in Ezell 101 on the Converse College campus. Google Video Chat available for those outside the region. Contact Rick Mulkey at email@example.com for details.
If you have a google account, join us live on this link.
No google account? Watch live on YouTube here.
Converse College alumnus Matt McEver (MFA Creative Writiing) discusses the craft and creation of Black River with novelist S. M. Hulse. Read the Interview here.