MFA Program Components
UAA's MFA program is oriented towards students who have an already well developed voice in their chosen genre. These are generally experienced writers with a small body of work and are dedicated to becoming writers and living the writing life.
The structure of a low-residency programs requires that students possess self-discipline, initiative and a commitment to the rigors of graduate-level study. Ideally, students should be:
MFA Student Learning Outcomes
The Summer Semester and ResidencyAll students begin the program in the 10 week summer semester. The first eight weeks is spent on Blackboard, UAA's on-line classroom. Blackboard sessions are led by core faculty members and it is expected that students will be actively engaging in on-line discussions.
Then, beginning in mid-July, for 13 consecutive days, students and faculty gather on the UAA campus for an intensive period of workshops, manuscript critiques, seminars, panels, lectures, and readings. This is also a period of camaraderie and enjoying our community of writers.
The Faculty Mentorship
Near the end of each Residency, graduate writers are paired with a faculty mentor who will guide their writing for the fall and spring semesters. It is during these semesters that students will embark upon a focused study of literature and writing craft.
For insight into our MFA community, feel free to visit the unofficial blog at Commonplace UAA.
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