The Little Dramatic Writing Program That Could: Part Two

By Charlie Schulman, Faculty, Writing for TV, Screen, and Stage
Spalding University’s School of Creative and Professional Writing

Matt Wohl graduated from the Spalding low-residency MFA in Writing program in 2013. He has been teaching at Broward College for the past two years and is on the Executive Board of Film Florida. His new feature film, SCOOTER, will receive its World Premiere in Miami Beach on September 12. I recently asked him a few questions about his experience writing, directing, and producing his first feature film.

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Lessons on Death Row

By Catherine Berresheim, Spalding MFA Creative Nonfiction Alum

I’ve been in and out of a variety of prisons for over the last decade. Even though I am accustomed to being in these penitentiaries, I wasn’t prepared for the foreboding atmosphere of Unit Two at Riverbend Maximum Security Institute—otherwise known as Death Row. Nor was I expecting to encounter the abundance of artistic talent within those cinder block walls and the lessons they held on teaching and practicing the art of creative writing.

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The Pressures and Pleasures of a Weekly Critique Group

By Edie Hemingway, Spalding MFA Writing for Children & YA Faculty

If you’re at all familiar with the Spalding University low-residency MFA in Writing program, you know that the daily workshop is a fundamental part of the intense 10-day residency. Each student submits approximately 20 pages of a manuscript to be read and critiqued in advance by each member of the workshop, as well as by the faculty leader/s. Then, over the course of the residency, an hour of positive, constructive discussion is devoted to each piece. Although there are many other exciting events and inspiring aspects of the residency, I have to say, speaking both as a former student and now as a member of the faculty, the workshop has always been my favorite part.

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Spalding University’s Master of Arts in Writing Program Now Accepting Applications

35-credit program lowers barriers of cost and time, creates path into MFA program

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 29, 2019)—Spalding University’s newly created low-residency Master of Arts in Writing program is now accepting applications for its first incoming class. Applications are due by August 1 for entry into the Fall 2019 semester, which begins with a residency in November.

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Spalding University Launches the First School of Creative and Professional Writing in the Commonwealth

By Kathleen Driskell, Chair, School of Creative and Professional Writing

Spalding’s Mansion courtyard, near the School of Creative and Professional Writing offices

For nearly twenty years, our nationally distinguished MFA program at Spalding University, with a teaching philosophy that supports writers instead of tearing them down, has been busy knitting together a literary community that reaches across America and beyond. Read the inspiring work of our students, graduates, and faculty and witness their advocacy for the literary arts, and you’ll have no doubt that writers can change the world for the better. (You’ll see a few of their faces pictured in this post.) I’ve worked all my professional life to bring writing opportunities to others because I’m a believer. Countless times, I’ve seen the way one writer connecting with another writer has helped a community blossom, using the literary arts to promote peace, justice, and empathy. 

Silas House, Spalding MFA fiction alum and faculty member, winner of the 2019 Judy Gaines Young Book Award for Southernmost and Executive Producer of the award-winning documentary Hillbilly
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Steal Away!

By Lesléa Newman, Spalding Low-Residency MFA Poetry Faculty
Allen Ginsberg introducing Lesléa Newman at a poetry reading at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics with Peter Orlovsky, and Pat Donegan (1980)

“Good writers borrow. Great writers steal.”

I can’t remember who I stole that quote from. Which doesn’t make me a great writer necessarily. I am, however, a pretty good thief.

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So You’re Going to Chile… An Incomplete List of Writers to Know Part III: Poetry

By Jeremy Paden, Spalding Low-Residency MFA Poetry (Translation) Faculty

While it is true that Chile has a long list of novelists worthy of attention, the literary truism about the nation is that “Chile is a country of poets.” Indeed, though not all the novelists start out as a poets, many do.

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