Alma College

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  • MFA in Creative Writing
  • Contact Information:

  • Mailing Address:

  • 614 W. Superior St.
  • Alma
  • MI
  • 48801
  • Program Director: Sophfronia Scott
  • Program Contact: Sophfronia Scott
  • Phone Number: (989) 463-7394
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Program Information:

  • Degree: MFA
  • Type: low-residency
  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre, Dual Genre
  • Application Deadlines: May 1 (Summer Residency); November 1 ( Winter Residency)
  • Scholarships: yes (see website)
  • Assistantships: yes (see website)
  • Core Faculty: Karen E. Bender, Anna Clark, Dhonielle Clayton, Leslie Contreras Schwartz, Jim Daniels, Matthew Gavin Frank, Benjamin Garcia, Kiese Laymon, Robert Vivian
  • Publishing/Editing Courses: yes (see website)
  • Recent Visiting Writers: Joy Harjo (June 2021), Khaled Mattawa (June 2021), David Mura (January 2022), S. Kirk Walsh (January 2022)

Program description: The Alma College MFA in Creative Writing features a strong literature-based curriculum designed to develop each student’s ability to read and think critically and to write with a high level of artistic proficiency. It’s created to have flexibility so students can explore new interests via mixed and dual genre degree options.

The program also offers the opportunity for students to enter an artistic community in which they will hone their craft and participate in energetic discussions that will help them see their poems, stories, essays, and memoirs in the context of current issues and events. The question always at the forefront of our work is, “How can you as an artist, as a writer, participate in and influence the important conversations of our times?” This program fosters a more expansive way of writing, and of being human. Our focus on relevance will encourage students to persevere and to have their own answer whenever they ask themselves, “Why am I writing?”

The Alma MFA is for students who want to make a serious commitment to writing. Our students come from all walks of life and varying levels of experience. There will be those who are published and those who are not. There will be students who have been in workshop before and those for whom this will be their first. But what everyone will have in common is a passion for writing and reading and a willingness to learn.