Remembering Eva Saulitis

Our dear friend and colleague Eva Saulitis passed way in early January. Eva was utterly devoted to her writing and her students to the end of her days. According to Eva’s wishes a scholarship has been established in her name to be awarded to an incoming student who has made service contributions to a community traditionally under-represented in our program. Eva’s shining example will live on in all who knew her and in all who read her beautiful words.

Eva Saulitis's Eloquent Goodbye
Remembering Eva Saulitis
 

UAA's MFA in Creative Writing

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) at the University of Alaska Anchorage is a low-residency program in creative writing that emphasizes a literary approach to exploring and redefining relationships between people and place. We take advantage of the North's boundless terrain to help writers discover their own place in the world. This philosophy encompasses a landscape of memory, family, and culture, making it possible to imagine anything and to write about it—from the local to the global, from the personal to the communal, and from the unlimited mind to the infinite universe.

The MFA is a 45-credit degree program taken over a three-year period. One course, worth five-credits each, is taken each semester for nine semesters. The course work culminates in a book-length thesis of creative work accompanied by a critical essay and an annotated bibliography. The accredited degree program offers studies in three genres: Fiction, Literary Nonfiction, and Poetry that will teach students how to master craft, read the classic works that define the evolution of their genre, and develop skills to balance the demands of life with the discipline of writing.

 

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CWLA Summer Residency

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Northern Renaissance Arts & Sciences Reading Series

The Residency allows students and faculty to immerse themselves in the work of writers: reading, writing, and sharing ideas. The classes and workshops are informative, intensive, and inspirational. Students have the opportunity to learn from every faculty member, in every genre, while discovering which mentors are best suited for their own work. Everyone, faculty and students, gathers informally at most meals and the entire group shares several meals including the informal "graduation" ceremony.

The Residency is the exhausting and exhilarating highlight of the year.  It is during the Residency that students and faculty establish a sense of community that sustains them throughout the rest of the year. 

The 2016 Summer Residency began on Saturday, July 9th and ended on Thursday, July 21st.

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Creative Writing MFA Students & Faculty in the News!

 

News Stories

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    MFA graduate Heather Lende publishes new book

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    Sneak peek at ‘Letters from Chamonix,’ new book from UAA’s creative writing program director

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    Writing teacher for UAA’s MFA program publishes twist on classic stories of Rapunzel and Snow White For a long time I drifted, so painful and weary was I after the violence I had been through.

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    For a long time I drifted, so painful and weary was I after the violence I had been through.

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    I AM UAA: Dawnell Smith, M.F.A. Creative Writing ’08

Listen to Podcasts from the Northern Renaissance Arts & Sciences Reading Series 

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For insight into our MFA community, feel free to visit the unofficial blog.

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