like British or American literary history and studies
in Latino literature.
One frequent complaint about M.F.A. programs is that they
teach future writers to read and write in an American tradition that turns a blind eye to the rest of the world’s literature.
Schools like NYU and the University of Nevada have recently
developed overseas programs to supplement their traditional
M.F.A. with courses abroad. But what of schools that function
as international low-residencies in their own right?
Cedar Crest College’s Pan-European low-residency
M.F.A. program is the first of its kind. Over the course
of two years (there’s also an optional three-year track) students participate in three residencies—in Dublin, Barcelona, and Vienna/Bratislava. Each year the residency locale rotates, so that students can study in each location. In
keeping with its nomadic nature, this program is highly
invested in writing about place—and each residency is tailored to take maximum advantage of its European setting.
In response to an increasing need for flexibility, some
M.F.A. programs are taking up permanent residence
online. In addition to its residential M.F.A. program,
the University of Texas–El Paso offers a track that students can complete without ever setting foot on campus. All of the program’s courses take place over email
and university-facilitated message boards, as well as the
occasional Skype call.
The University of Arkansas–Monticello, whose first
class will graduate this summer, is another online-only
program. Eighteen students are currently enrolled in the
M.F.A. program, undergoing extensive virtual creative
writing training from faculty members Diane Payne
(Burning Tulips), and Mark Nichols, among others. The
program does offer graduate assistantships to offset tuition
costs, and students can earn up to six credits by attending
writing conferences nationwide or completing publishing
internships in their community.
Since Iowa’s earliest days, most M.F.A. students focus on
a single genre, defying literature’s long history of writers
who excel across disciplines—D.H. Lawrence would have
needed six or seven M.F.A.s to cover his output. Chatham
University’s program in Pittsburgh, Pa., allows students
the option of a dual-genre focus and the possibility of an
additional concentration in such novel (in M.F.A.-terms)
categories as travel writing, publishing, teaching, and na-
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