This title provides aspiring Creative Writing graduate students with all the information they need on which low-residency program is best suited to them. "The Low-Residency MFA Handbook" offers prospective graduate students an in-depth preview of low-residency creative writing MFA programs. Interviews with program directors, faculty, alumni, and current students answer the many questions prospective graduates have, including: What happens during the non-residency semester? What are the brief residencies like? What community is established between faculty and fellow students? What opportunities are there for writers to gain pedagogical training through a low-residency format? And, most importantly, is the low-residency model right for you? These questions, and more, are answered in detail. The guide also clarifies the application process and offers application tips from program directors and alumni. It also considers funding, program structures, and unique opportunities such as editorships and assistantships. For prospective graduate students looking for detailed information, "The Low-Residency MFA Handbook" provides a personalized and genuinely useful overview.
Lori A. May is a part-time writing instructor and a member of the AWP, MLA, and the Michigan College English Association. She is a frequent guest lecturer and workshop presenter at writers' conferences and graduate writing programs. In addition to her freelance writing, May is the author of two novels and a poetry collection. More information is available online at www.loriamay.com.
Preface; Chapter 1: An Introduction to Low-Residency MFAs; Chapter 2: Is the Low-Residency Model Right for Me?; Chapter 3: The Selection Process; Chapter 4: The Application Process; Chapter 5: Funding; Chapter 6: The Programs; Chapter 7: The Residency Experience; Chapter 8: Non-Residency Semesters; Chapter 9: Pedagogical Preparation; Chapter 10: Learning from Experience; Chapter 11: Life After the MFA; Chapter 12: AWP Membership & Services; Appendix A: Extended Interviews; Appendix B: Quick Reference; Appendix C: Additional Resources; Acknowledgements.