Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Converse College MFA

The application deadline for Summer/Fall residencies is February 15; the deadline for Winter/Spring residencies is October 1.

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, young adult fiction, creative nonfiction, and environmental writing 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 MFA 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.

An Award-Winning Tradition

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. During 2016 students and recent graduates have published or had accepted for publication eight books with major NY publishers and acclaimed independent presses, plus they have been honored as Georgia Author of the Year, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and received a number of individual writing awards.

Our Converse graduates have distinguished themselves with honors and awards including:

  • A book deal with HarperCollins for a 2012 graduate (book published in 2014)
  • The South Carolina Poetry Initiative Book Prize in 2010 and 2007
  • “Best Drama” at the Melbourne Independent Film Festival in 2010
  • The Association of Writers & Writing Program’s 2008 Intro Award
  • X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize
  • Finalist for the Stony Brook Short Fiction Prize
  • Hub City Writing Awards (poetry and fiction)
  • Finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics

Visiting Writers

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:

  • Kerry D’Agostino
  • Rachel Hall
  • Gary Jackson
  • JJ Johnson
  • Ashley Jones
  • Clifford Thompson
  • Allan Wolf
  • Monika Woods