By Writers, For Writers
Our program was built entirely by writers, to guide authors organically through the exploration of their craft and thorough preparation for a sustainable life of creation and publication. No other program nurtures a writer from line and sentence to essay, story, poetry collection or novel like ours does.
Our editing semester is a uniquely practical experience in crafting work which is both thrilling and publishable. Our gifted faculty are here because they want to launch unique, individual voices within a global dialogue; to see risks taken, new moves in language braved, and students grow into professional and artistic peers.
Come lean toward our fire and tell us your stories, poems, essays. We’re listening.
How does a low-residency program work?
We’ve made this program so that people who are unable to walk away from jobs and families and service can still become masters of their craft . . . NOW.
Over four distance-learning semesters punctuated by five week-long residencies, students will focus on their chosen genre (be it fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction) while exploring new territories of artistic expression.
Faculty meet with their students one-on-one during each residency to set plans, then work with them intensively throughout the semester providing written critiques. With a student-to-mentor ratio never greater than 5:1, students receive creative, focused, individualized feedback.
Each residency is an eight-day intensive period of workshops, seminars, readings and more, in which we explore the wide landscape of the writing life from practical tricks-of-the-trade to subtleties of conceptual nuance. Residencies take place in early January and early August, with one of every five residencies (for the program as a whole) located overseas. Our August 2014 residency was in Doolin, Ireland – our January 2017 residency will be in Jamaica.
Meet Our Faculty
Honorary Creative Writing Faculty
Carolyn Forché: Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1950, poet, teacher and activist Carolyn Forché has witnessed, thought about, and put into poetry some of the most devastating events of twentieth-century world history. According to Joyce Carol Oates in the New York Times Book Review, Forché’s ability to wed the “political” with the “personal” places her in the company of such poets as Pablo Neruda, Philip Levine, and Denise Levertov.
Each of our faculty members is an experienced writer and an incredible teacher of their art. Here are a few:
- BA, Washington University in St. Louis
David Lamb is an assistant editor at Hachette Books, where he acquires memoirs, narrative nonfiction projects, and a range of titles across other genres. At Hachette Books and in his prior role at Scribner, he has worked on acclaimed and bestselling books including two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward’s The Fire This Time; MacArthur Fellow Angela Duckworth’s Grit; Kate Hennessy’s Dorothy Day; Lindy West’s Shrill; Sandrone Dazieri’s Kill the Father; Assaf Gavron’s The Hilltop; and Baird Harper’s Red Light Run, which was a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick. He enjoys helping bold writers hone their voices and build stories that will connect strongly with readers in the marketplace. He lives in New York City.
- MFA, Sierra Nevada College
Wendy Hill earned her MFA in nonfiction from Sierra Nevada College. She is the nonfiction editor for Bridge Eight Magazine and was the co-managing editor of the Sierra Nevada Review from 2016 to 2018. Her work has appeared in The Sun. She is currently at work on a memoir about grief and identity. She lives in Houston, Texas with one husband, five kids, three dogs, and a cat.
Rick Campbell’s most recent book is The History of Steel: A Selected Works (2014), from All Nations Press. His other books include Dixmont (Autumn House 2008); The Traveler’s Companion (Black Bay Books 2004); Setting The World In Order (Texas Tech 2001); and A Day’s Work (State Street Press 2000). He’s won a Pushcart Prize, an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, and two poetry fellowships from the Florida Arts Council.
Campbell was the director of Anhinga Press from 1992 to 2014, during which time the press published about 80 books of poetry. He is a founder and the Director of the Florida Literary Arts Coalition and its Other Words Conference in St. Augustine, FL.
His poems and essays have appeared in The Georgia Review, The Florida Review, Prairie Schooner, Fourth River, Kestrel, Puerto Del Sol, New Madrid and other journals. He was chosen to take part in the Georgia Poetry Circuit eight school tour, and has read or presented workshops at over 100 schools and conferences in the last thirty years.
Campbell teaches English at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida.
Faculty & Student News
MFA Faculty Rebecca Makkai's "The World's on Fire. Can We Still Talk About Books?" appears in Electric Literature. https://electricliterature.com/the-worlds-on-fire-can-we-still-talk-about-books-5293c62d8944?fbclid=IwAR2URsGOSaYnZjptNZaD16pOfOagIwrfbZEnzkgedC0SrdB8rIr4OOWf6E0
MFA Faculty Suzanne Roberts' "Are You a Tourist or a Traveler" appears in Wanderlust Journal. https://wanderlust-journal.com/2018/12/03/are-you-a-tourist-or-a-traveler-by-suzanne-roberts/?fbclid=IwAR2XeMd1On5H5uQ3Up1pa2g0JuaIyu2ZTK9XA6bzR7rmDRiJgoDJr1dB9Gk
MFA Faculty Gayle Brandeis' "Perspective: After My Dad Died, I Found His Double" appears in The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2018/11/30/after-my-dad-died-i-found-his-double/?fbclid=IwAR09Uxnef97gX1yu4OhmNhSeBrF-hBP1yhtDzV-bdjqoV1qHJztOh-F3eAg&noredirect=on&utm_term=.977077ea6793
MFA Poetry student Luke Johnson's "Messenger" is nominated by Tilde: A Literary Journal for the 44th Annual Pushcart Prize. https://www.thirtywestph.com/tildelit/
MFA Faculty Suzanne Roberts' "Soliloquy" appears in Superstition Review. https://superstitionreview.asu.edu/issue22/nonfiction/suzanneroberts
We want artists who will write for the rest of their lives. If you are interested in adding your voice to this transformative conversation and intrigued by the possibility of working with teachers and peers who are passionate about the art they love, then please contact us — we look forward to meeting you.