Sena Jeter Naslund-Karen Mann Graduate School of Writing

The first MFA in Writing in Kentucky. A top-10 low-residency MFA in Writing, plus creative and professional writing certificate and MAW studies.

Our low-residency program is:

* Ideally suited to the writing life: study with a great community of writers and write in your own home
* Ten-day residencies feature intensive, supportive workshops, lectures, and panel discussions with award-winning faculty
* One-on-one correspondence with faculty mentor, post residency
* Mix and match options for fall and spring residencies in Lou

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Announcing Residency Book in Common, Cross-Genre Area for Upcoming Residencies 02/16/2024

ANNOUNCEMENT! Students, be sure to check our blog today for a round up of our Spring 2024 Residency events!

Announcing Residency Book in Common, Cross-Genre Area for Upcoming Residencies By Kathleen Driskell, Chair, Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing, Spalding University Poetry is our cross-genre focus area for the spring residency on campus—and for our very first virtual summer residency. I’m delighted to announce that poet Kevin Prufer will serve as our Distinguished Visi...

02/16/2024

Carmichael's Bookstore presents New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Makkai in conversation with Spalding University's own Katy Yocom, Monday, Feb 26. More info here: https://ow.ly/jgUu50QCOHy

02/14/2024

Deadline reminder! Tomorrow is the last day to submit your manuscripts to Sarabande three 2024 Prize Opportunities! More info: https://ow.ly/7QS150QBcvU

02/13/2024

Remember the excitement of the Scholastic Book Fair? We are excited to announce that Carmichael's Bookstore is the new bookstore for our Naslund-Mann residencies, bringing a pop-up bookstore to Spalding University campus! Read more on our blog at Good River Review: https://ow.ly/V0om50QABwS

02/12/2024

What Can You Do With an MFA? At our next virtual Open House, learn about the professional opportunities available when you earn an MFA degree. This session precedes our March 1 deadline to apply for the spring semester with in-person residency at Spalding University More info: https://ow.ly/AxbU50QzG02

02/10/2024

Congrats to Spalding University playwriting alum John Maclay! His play Nate the Great will run March 16-20 at Louisville’s StageOne Family Theatre Get your tickets now! https://ow.ly/q8wX50QzFKA

02/08/2024

Poetry faculty Maggie Smith offers a post from her Substack newsletter, For Dear Life, about the inspiration behind her debut picture book for children, and the joy of writing across genres. Read it now on our faculty blog at Good River Review: //www.goodriverreview.com/post/from-bedtime-conversations-to-picture-book

02/07/2024

Locals! On Feb. 22, Carmichael's Bookstore is excited to host New York Times bestselling author Leslie Jamison for her latest book, Splinters: Another Kind of Love Story, a riveting story of rebuilding a life after the end of a marriage. Tickets: https://ow.ly/sQjv50QyNGC

02/05/2024

Old friend? New friend? If you're going to , come see us at booth 633! Be sure to grab a sticker and a bookmark!

Lady Luck 02/04/2024

Congrats to fiction alum T. E. Wilderson! Her short story “Lady Luck” was published in the January issue of Pithead Chapel Read it here >

Lady Luck T.E. Wilderson Tony Topolka had shied away from Déja Vu ever since Khrystal told him she’d put the whammy on him a few weeks ago. She was from New Orleans—and everybody knew about the voodoo going …

01/31/2024

Congrats to alum Precious McKenzie on her new picture book, NEST! NEST celebrates families of many feathers and will be available on Amazon, through BeaLu Books, and at indie bookstores in February 2024!

01/31/2024

Our own Lynnell Major Edwards sits down with Spalding University alum and former Kentucky Poet Laureate Crystal Wilkinson to discuss her new book PRAISESONG FOR THE KITCHEN GHOSTS. Check out the Think Humanities podcast from Kentucky Humanities. https://www.kyhumanities.org/programs/think-humanities-podcast?fbclid=IwAR37ZK2lcTizHx1j_sRRAKPA5drxq3i-7PJzyhztHdw-E6zr9usvvOAGJG4

Former Kentucky Poet Laureate Crystal Wilkinson joins guest host Lynnell Edwards from Spalding University for today's episode of THINK HUMANITIES to talk about her new culinary memoir "Praisesong for the Kitchen Ghosts," which is out now from Clarkson Potter/Penguin Random House. Crystal talks about the relationship between food and family as recipes are passed down over the generations, how they celebrated holidays during the pandemic, and much more.

THINK HUMANTIES is made possible by generous support from the Spalding University Sena Jeter Naslund-Karen Mann Graduate School of Writing.

Listen now at kyhumanities.org/programs/think-humanities-podcast

You can read more about Crystal's new book by checking out this NYT article as well: https://www.nytimes.com/2024/01/22/dining/crystal-wilkinson-black-appalachia-cooking.html

The Ghosts of Black Appalachia Visit Her Kitchen 01/28/2024

Congrats to Spalding University alum Crystal Wilkinson on her just-released book, “Praisesong for the Kitchen Ghosts,” a lyrical culinary journey that explores the hidden legacy of Black Appalachians alongside nearly 40 comforting recipes.

The Ghosts of Black Appalachia Visit Her Kitchen In her new book, “Praisesong for the Kitchen Ghosts,” the poet Crystal Wilkinson explores her family history through cooking and recipes.

Gotham Writers Conferences - Gotham Writers Workshop 01/26/2024

Spalding University faculty Maggie Smith will be featured as the keynote interview at The Gotham Writers Nonfiction Writers Conference, coming up this Feb. 24 and 25! This mostly virtual event includes panels and presentations designed to give you a peek behind the publishing curtain, as well as an opportunity to participate in pitching roundtables with agents. To learn more and to register, click here > https://ow.ly/Ylcv50QuO7Y.

Gotham Writers Conferences - Gotham Writers Workshop The Gotham Writers Nonfiction Writers Conference happens in February 2024, for writers of memoir, essay, and all forms of nonfiction.

01/25/2024

Writing for TV, Screen, and Stage faculty Larry Brenner details how he found joy annotating the animated film "Into the Spider-Verse." Up now on our faculty blog at Good River Review https://ow.ly/ziYu50QuuGm

01/23/2024

Our February 1 early decision application deadline approaches! Sign up to reserve your spot for our next Virtual Open House. You'll meet directors and faculty and learn about our MFA, MAW, and certificate programs. Join us on Zoom at 3 p.m. Eastern / noon Pacific, Thursday, January 25, 2024. Sign up here: https://ow.ly/zxCK50QtzkN

01/21/2024

Your MFA isn’t just a degree—it’s a community for life. Apply by March 1 to start in May with an in-person residency, April 1 to start with a virtual residency in June. https://ow.ly/xzWV50Qsz6w

01/19/2024

Miss your MFA days? Spend a low-residency post-master’s semester with us at Spalding University! Apply for our post-master’s certificate in writing enrichment by March 1 to start with an in-person residency in May, or April 1 to start with a virtual residency in June. https://ow.ly/WvSq50QsyXU

01/17/2024

Mark your calendars! Carmichael's Bookstore will be hosting Spalding University alum (and former Kentucky Poet Laureate) Crystal Wilkinson for her new book, Praisesong for the Kitchen Ghosts. She will be joined in conversation by our very own Kathleen Driskell.

01/14/2024

Be sure you’ve marked your calendars and told your friends—it’s time to apply to Spalding University! Admission requirements and an application checklist can be found on our website: https://ow.ly/Ap5o50Qqws5

01/12/2024

Spalding University poetry alum Frank X Walker is the grand prize winner of the 2023 Black Authors Matter Children’s Book Awards! The Black Authors Matter Children’s Book Awards were established to honor excellence in African American literature. Big congrats to Frank! Read more here: https://ow.ly/1rnZ50Qqsqc

01/11/2024

Spalding students and alums: registration opens Tuesday for our Portugal enrichment trip, Sept. 22-29! Watch your email!

Timeline photos 01/11/2024

Stuck? Not sure what to write next? Screenwriting faculty Sam Zalutsky shares some exercises to get your writer juices flowing. Read it now on our faculty blog at Good River Review! https://ow.ly/yRXn50Qq72g

01/07/2024

Alum Katrina Kittle’s new novel MORNING IN THIS BROKEN WORLD came out in September. Read her thoughts on writing better, inspiration, character development, and persistence in Authorlink - Writers & Readers Magazine: https://ow.ly/IGBc50Qo9SF

01/06/2024

Don’t forget to sign up for our January 9 Open House! If you think a creative writing graduate program might be right for you, join us. We’ll give you an app waiver code and you’ll come away prepared to apply for our spring semester or our 9-month summer semester with virtual residency. More info: https://ow.ly/8Xkj50Qo9Ju

Submit — Oyster River Pages 01/05/2024

After taking a year off in 2023 to focus on long-term strength and growth, our friends at Oyster River Pages are back! Beginning January 15, they are accepting fiction, poetry, CNF, and visual art for inclusion in their seventh annual issue (August 2024). Click here for submission guidelines > https://ow.ly/9tBU50Qo8lT.

Submit — Oyster River Pages ORP will accept submissions in the genres below for publication in its seventh annual issue from January 23 through May 31, 2024.

Mountain Words Writers-in-Residence — Mountain Words Festival | May 23 - 26 | 2024 01/03/2024

Calling all genres! The Mountain Words Writer-in Residence program is open for applications now through February 9. The registration fee is just $10! The lucky winner will earn a one-month holiday accommodation in Crested Butte, Colorado, + a $1,000 stipend, for a month of focused writing May 1 – June 1, 2024. Click here for more info and to apply! > https://ow.ly/Bzmr50QnrSN.

Mountain Words Writers-in-Residence — Mountain Words Festival | May 23 - 26 | 2024 Mountain Words Writers-in-Residence 2024 Writer in Residence The 2024 Mountain Words Writer in Residency is OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS until Feb 9, 2024. The Mountain Words Writers-in-Residence program invites writers to Crested Butte for a month of focused writing, May 1 - June 1, 2024Application deadlin...

12/28/2023

Our next virtual Open House is January 9! If you think a creative writing graduate program might be right for you, join us for an Open House. We’ll give you an app waiver code and you’ll come away prepared to apply for our spring semester or our 9-month summer semester with virtual residency. More info on how to sign up can be found here: https://ow.ly/QFRf50Qmm2U

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